Position Overview


The Western Sugar Cooperative has a challenging opportunity for a Packaging Manager.  This position will report to the plant manager and lead the sugar packaging and warehouse operations at our Scottsbluff, Nebraska facility.  The position requires a very dynamic person with the ability to understand warehouse management and implement the best ways of packaging sugar, while showing strong leadership skills.  The person should have a very strong mechanical knowledge, enjoy packaging operations, and believe in preventative maintenance.


Essential Functions


  • Be a safety leader with solid safety behaviors and demonstrated leadership. Working with others to perform against the plant site safety plan with the goal of being a zero injury workplace.
  • Lead the effort with others to maintain a clean and safe production environment.
  • Plan, organize and direct packaging operations to optimize performance.
  • Work closely with others to motivate and improve knowledge of packaging personnel.
  • Create Standard Operating Procedures, then train and hold people accountable to using them.
  • Operate packaging at a high level of efficiency using Key Performance Indicators and a continuous improvement approach to hold yourself and your team accountable for achieving performance targets.
  • Establish fluid transitions between shifts, including establishing shift schedules.
  • Meet with direct reports in a formal way twice per year to review performance. These are two-way feedback sessions to assist improvement for you and the employee.
  • When needed, hold people accountable administering the collective bargaining agreement. Ensure employee grievances are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Use root cause analysis to permanently solving problems.
  • Work with purchasing to ensure packaging supplies are available to perform at a high level.
  • Work closely with the Maintenance Manager to ensure proper preventative maintenance is occurring.
  • Track and manage expenses versus agreed upon annual budget.
  • Provide solid people leadership that lives our Core Values of: Safety, Integrity, Openness & Trust, Teamwork, Entrepreneurship, and Social Responsibility.
  • Help to implement a Customer Focused Strategy of Leading Customer Service, Competitive Cost Position, and High Quality & Innovative Products. This includes supporting Good Manufacturing Practices and Third Party Audit requirements.
  • This position is required to spend most of the time (70%) in the packaging and warehouse work areas engaging with employees to listen, troubleshoot and provide support for improving performance.
  • To be successful, this position often requires more than 40 hours per week and weekend work.


Skill & Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, industrial technology or business preferred.
  • A minimum 5 years as a proven leader in packaging operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with improvements in safety, productivity, and quality.
  • Great communication skills working with all levels, including hourly workforce and senior management.
  • Experience using continuous improvement processes like Lean Sigma and Root Cause Analysis.
  • Excellent computer competence (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Strong customer focus mind-set.
  • Solid leadership skills, independent thinking, strong organizational and planning abilities and excellent analytical and problem solving capabilities are essential.
  • Friendly, results oriented, high level of energy and collaborative.


Travel Requirements:  Some, but limited.