Plant Manager - Eleroy, IL

Furst-McNess Company has an immediate opening for a Plant Manager.  This individual will be responsible for product (premix, manufactured feeds, ingredient blends of dry feed ingredients, and international container shipments at facility), manufacturing, and distribution domestically.  Further over-site of quality control, plant upkeep, workforce organization, equipment maintenance, and any other duties that are typically required of a Plant Manager.  Lead the region within the scope of the Operating Area Strategic initiatives that result in quality product, quality facility and cost control.  Work with direct reports, Regional Sales Managers and sales team, service current customers and increase overall growth and profitability of the business region.


  • Select, train, and develop an effective and efficient staff.
  • Oversee the operations, product contracts, and alliances, ensuring profitability and compliance with company policy of accounting and product quality. Ensure employees and the facility are in compliance with all governmental regulations (FDA, OSHA, EPA, DOT, SF/SF).
  • Ensure timely and accurate entry of purchase orders, deliveries, and goods receipts.  Ensure that paperwork is done correctly and in a timely basis.
  • Develop plans that maximize the efficient utilization of all subordinates.
  • Ensure the facility is properly cleaned and maintained, both inside and out.
  • Responsible for the timely submission of all requests for information or reports and ensure all subordinate reports are submitted on time.
  • Maintain company equipment.  Maintain a valid state issued driver's license and an acceptable driving record within company guidelines.
  • Participate in local, state, and national grain and feed associations in to maintain up to date knowledge of feed manufacturing practices.
  • Prepare annual long-range business growth plan in conjunction with the Director/VP of the Operating Area.
  • Ensure the efficient operation of blending facility, product contracts and alliances while maximizing return on assets employed.
  • Work with the Director of Trading, Director/VP of Operating Area, and other applicable parties in the development of 3-year capital improvement plans.  Prepare and gain approval of such capital expense requests.
  • Perform other work-related tasks as requested or required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be able to succeed within and adhere to the culture of the Furst-McNess Company.
  • Ability to perform essential job functions with or without accommodation.
  • Education equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with an Ag business/business management emphasis preferred.  Equivalent experience in a feed or agricultural product manufacturing environment will be considered. 
  • Five years of feed or agricultural product manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Ability to understand basic accounting functions preferred.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to ascend ladders and various heights using stairs, elevated walkways and/or elevators.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, pull and/or stoop up to 70 lbs. of material on a regular or continuous basis.
  • Ability to maneuver heavy loads (up to 2,000 lbs. pallets) with a pallet jack; safely operate all equipment along with being a certified forklift operator.
  • Ability to perform cleaning operations while exposed to dusty environment, and ability to wear/use all appropriate protective equipment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and is capable of utilizing these skills within all levels of the Company as well as externally.
  • Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office Products.  Prefer knowledge in computer based ration formulation.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Company and competitors' operations, including products and services offered.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service to all customer, associates and management staff, showing a sense of urgency relative to solving problems, performing assigned tasks, employee concerns, etc.
  • Ability to effectively organize work schedules and manage multiple assignments.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member within company. 
  • Ability to be flexible and be willing to change along with recommending changes that can enhance our ability to serve both internal and external customers more effectively and in a professional manner.  Respect other peoples' points of view and be able to take constructive criticism.
  • Ability to travel, either by car or by commercial airline, including overnight stays, as business dictates.  Must, at all times, possess a valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record (within guidelines set forth in company driving policy).


  • Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Comprehensive health, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid vacation/floating holidays/company holidays.
  • Competitive 401(k) program.


Please submit your resume to our Human Resources Department via email at