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Plant Manager

Date: Oct 12, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: Dart Container

Join Dart Container in Chicago, IL and help us create the future of our business and our industry!


As Plant Manager of Dart's Chicago manufacturing facility, you will oversee approximately 1,850 employees and work closely with the Plant Leadership Team (PLT) to develop and implement new and improved operations and processes, all with a committed focus on safety, quality, service and cost. Your role also entails leading the plant’s continuous improvement plan, conducting regular reviews with the PLT to assess progress, analyze problems, facilitate solutions, identify resources and adjust plans as needed. 


We need a change leader with a true production mindset and experience leading continuous improvement initiatives, recognizing and growing talent and has the desire and ability to thrive in a highly collaborative environment. In this role, you can expect open lines of communication both within the plant and with senior leadership. For personal, plant and company success, strong communication skills to promote team building and excellent employee relations are a must!


  • Develop and implement new and impproved operations and processes, all with a committed focus on safety, quality, service and cost
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives
  • Direct plant leadership team to assess progress, analyze problems, facilitate solutions, identify resources and adjust plans as needed
  • Ensure that objectives are achieved at the lowest cost consistent with quality requirements
  • Identify, recommend, and implement short- and long-term business strategies
  • Responsible for the organization's planning and budgeting
  • Monitor KPI’s anticipating and correcting trends which would compromise achievement of targets
  • Facilitate regular improvement planning sessions to identify key strategic opportunities to achieve manufacturing strategic goals and develop related action plans with measurable outcomes.
  • Support and reinforce the effective application of the Daily Management System to validate that actions lead to desired performance improvements.
  • Lead by example to promote and encourage employees to strongly commit to safety and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)
  • Understand, support and follow management expectations in alignment with company values
  • Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate work activities of staff 
  • Responsible for employee development, discipline, performance appraisals, and administration of policies 
  • Review staff levels to ensure they are adequate and resources are effectively allocated to meet short- and long-term objectives 
  • Accountable for overall plant employee engagement, talent assessment and employee relations
  • Make recommendations regarding staffing decisions



  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business or related field with ten (10) years of manufacturing operations management or leadership assignments demonstrating a progression of increased scope and responsibility
  • Seven (7) years of experience managing employees with supervisory responsibilities
  • Experience managing multi-shift or continuous operations 
  • Prior Plant Manager experience
  • Lean manufacturing experience
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in planning, resource allocation, cost analysis and budgeting, people management, and leadership guidance
  • Displays strong interpersonal skills and is accessible and approachable
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary in order to persuade and influence decision making of individuals, groups, or work teams
  • Ability to utilize business sense and creativity to develop new ideas, approaches and solutions
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including the ability to create basic reports, documents, presentations and spreadsheets in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Ability to be on-call 24/7
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license


  • Experience managing multi-site or multi-buildings
  • Paper converting, chemical or plastics processing, or packaging industrial experience

Dart Container is a drug-free workplace.  Candidates are subject to a drug test (excluding THC/marijuana/cannabis) and background check at the time of offer.


Overview: As the manufacturer of Dart® and Solo® brand products, Dart Container is an industry leading single-use food and beverage packaging company. With 15,000 employees and 40+ locations worldwide, Dart offers more than 4,000 products used every day in restaurants, hospitals, schools and homes around the globe.

Benefits: Dart Container full-time employees enjoy great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company matching contributions, paid vacation, paid holidays, short-term disability, tuition assistance, product discounts and more.


If you experience difficulty applying online, you may call (833) 472-3278 or email us at HRConnect@dart.biz for assistance.


Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (833) 472-3278 or email us at ADArequests@dart.biz. Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.


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