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The French's Food Company, a subsidiary of McCormick & Company, Inc. and a global leader in flavor is seeking a full-time Department Manager for the plant located in Springfield, MO. With more than $500 million in annual sales, our company has been crafting trusted foods using simple ingredients of the highest quality. From French's Classic Yellow Mustard, long America's top-selling mustard, to its most recent innovations, such as French's Ketchup, the company has a history rich with delicious creations made from what today would be considered “clean, simple ingredients.” To learn more please visit us at

Under the general direction of the Plant Manager or equivalent, provides strategic leadership for a function within a high performance plant/facility. Has overall accountability for the performance of the function and the impact on the larger operating unit. Leads team managers and/or staff to achieve exceptional business results through the development of people and continuous improvement of manufacturing and supply chain processes. Particpates as an active member of the facility leadership team and ensures that strategies across functions are aligned to create common objectives for all departments and achieve plant/facility goals. Manage and develop direct reports. Responsibilities of this position include collaborating with the Management team to plan, forecast and replenish McCormick products for customers. The incumbent will work in concert with Customer Service, Logistics, Production Locations, Sales, R&D and QA to provide effective and efficient service to customers. The incumbent will also balance inventory, service and cost objectives, drive collaborative supply chain improvements and support Customer Service. The incumbent will be responsible for all replenishment activities and working with internal and external departments to meet customer demand. The individual will manage the overall control and movement of materials in and out of the plant location. Directs and administers some or all of the following: purchasing, production scheduling and control, inventory and warehouse stock control, warehousing, sales order entry, customer service, traffic and shipping As a member of the Plant Leadership Team, requires comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles within their own functional area and also requires basic knowledge of these elements in other relevant functional areas in order to participate in the resolution of issues that have an impact beyond the area or impact multiple areas.

Key Responsibilities


% of Time Spent

  • Manages Production Planning and Scheduling to ensure the smoothest production curve, while maintaining a high customer service level.


  • Responsible for short-range and long range production and material planning


  • Responsible for the overall control of inventory levels to maintain pre-determined management goals and objectives.


  • In partnership with Production and Quality, facilitates the resolution of material issues. Additionally, coordinates Plant with HQ S&OP functions to assure highest levels of customer service, while balancing cost of inventory and line efficiency.


  • Utilizes the HPWS Systems (Goal Setting, Performance Management, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Training & Development, Information Systems, Rewards & Recognitions) to empower and develop teams using established HPWS systems, core beliefs, guiding principles and attributes.


  • Identifies improvement opportunities, develops and implements improvements to processes




Required Qualifications



Level of Education and Discipline

BSc in Supply Chain/Logistics/Purchasing

Certification and/or Licenses


Experience - functional/industry/commercial knowledge, business acumen

Minimum of 7-10 years functional/leadership experience Demonstrated significant and relevant skills and results in functional area Strong leadership experience with demonstrated success in managing multiple projects and people The job requires a detailed understanding of how all areas of the plant interact to contribute to the business. Requires a general understanding of the industry. Requires basic commercial awareness as it relates to competition but only requires limited understanding of the latest developments in the industry. Superior understanding of planning systems, SAP purchasing protocal, MHPS, planning/inventory theories.

Interpersonal Skills - leadership, interactions, communication, influence

Leadership: This job has full management responsibility for the materials team, including management of people, defining roles and responsibilities, planning for the department’s future needs and operations, counselling employees on performance and contributing to employee pay decisions/changesStrong communication and diplomacy skills are required to guide and influence others. Leadership of exempt Team Managers or equivalent to achieve common objectives. May interface with external parties as representative of the plant/facility. Strong cross-functional strategic leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. Ability to translate strategy into actionable information in small or large groups in a clear, concise, and professional manner. Ability to influence upwards. Frequent communication with outside customers and suppliers, internal sales and production

Other Skills and HPO Competencies

Leadership: This job has full management responsibility for the materials team, including management of people, defining roles and responsibilities, planning for the department’s future needs and operations, counselling employees on performance and contributing to employee pay decisions/changes




French's is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. As a general policy, French's does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future.


United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

Nearest Major Market: Springfield