27 days old

Vice President of Operations

Frontier Coop
Norway, IA 52318
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**When applying with Frontier Coop, it is not necessary to enter work history on application form if resume is uploaded.

Do you like challenges and have a never give up attitude when it comes to problem solving?
Do you want to work for a company that encourages an entrepreneurial spirit and supports your passion for sustainability and natural products?
If so, then Frontier Co-op is for you. Since 1976, Frontier Co-op has been showing the world that Doing Good, Works.
Frontier Co-op is currently seeking a Vice President of Operations to join our management team. Now more than 40,000 member-owners strong, we're dedicated to sourcing and packaging the highest quality spices, herbs and botanical products through our Frontier Co-op, Simply Organic and Aura Cacia brands. We're driven by a simple purpose: to do good by our people and planet. And to create a stronger company built on a commitment to quality and sustainability.
As a part of the executive team, reporting to the CEO, you would be responsible for managing all aspects of Operations which includes: production, production planning, distribution and engineering.


  • Directing all plant operations to ensure safe, timely, high quality product delivery while reducing costs.
  • Strategic planning & execution to enhance profitability, productivity, and efficiency throughout the company's operations.
  • Implementing improved processes and management methods to generate higher ROI and workflow optimization.
  • Develop, monitor & report on operating costs within functional areas. Alerts management of cost and labor over run. Makes recommendations and implements solutions to problems related to same.
  • Oversees plant managers at manufacturing facilities to ensure the production is completed in a timely & cost-effective manner
  • Manages logistics leadership team to ensure distribution of company's products are cost effective while maintaining high quality service which includes on-time, error free and complete deliveries
  • Oversite of purchases of new facilities, equipment, and improvements to plant properties

Successful candidates would have:

  • 10+ years combined CPG industry experience in a high change over environment. Ideal candidates would have prior personal care, food or spice manufacturing experience
  • 10 years combined experience managing all aspects of production, production planning, distribution and engineering including managing the financial performance & critical KPI's of manufacturing performance
  • Proven success establishing, facilitating, leading and managing cross functional teams
  • Prior working knowledge of modern Enterprise Management Planning (ERP), M3 experience preferred
  • Strong analytical / reporting skills required, proficient in Excel
  • Proven track record of leading through change & driving efficiency
  • Must be able to prioritize, manage and drive projects effectively and meet deadlines
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Business with MBA preferred
  • Candidates must be willing to relocate to Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret such items as highly detailed professional, scientific, and technical journals, and legal documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints from both inside and outside the company. Ability to write speeches, articles or memos using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to such groups as top management, boards of directors, or the general public.


Ability to comprehend the most complex financial principles. Ability to use a computer to create highly customized spreadsheets and charts, run reports, and interpret data. Ability to analyze balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and the most detailed types of financial documents, and apply that information to make long-term, strategic decisions.


  • Excellent communications, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, delegate, and oversee multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel programs; familiarity with other business software.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and/or fingers to type, handle, or feel; and view a computer monitor or video display. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.



Posted: 2020-10-27 Expires: 2020-11-27

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