Sanitation Manager

Reference Number: vxbsantmgr
Location: Dakota, IL


The Sanitation Manager will direct and manage all sanitation activities, including leading the team in ensuring the cleaning and sanitizing of the equipment, production floor, and general areas. As the Manager of the sanitation department they will lead, develop, and coach all members of the sanitation department to ensure proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures are followed at all times  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs and not limited to:


  • Implement sanitation assurance initiatives, pest control and platform regulatory compliance programs
  • Sets standards for maintaining CIP equipment, Sanitation Assurance, Sanitation PM, Continuous improvements and Cost optimization programs
  • Support plant sanitation in the effective use of chemicals, COP and CIP cleaning processes, Dry Sanitation processes, Environmental sanitation and sanitary design.
  • Manage sanitation cycle-time reductions, extended cleaning request validations, sanitation chemical cost reductions, sanitation assurance/effectiveness programs, integrations.
  • Investigate sanitation issues that may be resulting in product contamination, reduced shelf-life, or customer rejection of products. (Troubleshooting)
  • Work with 3rd party providers and others to maximize technical expertise, optimize supplier products, information, equipment, research new cleaning technologies and techniques and coordinate trials.
  • Collaborate with other support functions in engineering projects to ensure sanitary design objectives have been met
  • Responsible for training and education of plant to insure sanitation is implemented as a business.
  • Provide recommendations for equipment and machinery-based change.
  • Conduct special studies as assigned or self-initiated to improve departmental services, production efficiencies, and satisfying internal and external requirements.
  • Develop and manage a sanitation budget to include cost & control of sanitation labor, materials, equipment, etc.  Will control cost and analyze causes of variances between actual/budget expenses.
  • Work with quality, production and maintenance departments on planning and executing projects and process improvement plans.
  • Oversee chemical purchases, small parts & supplies inventories, and establishing control & processes for controlling inventories, overuse or waste.
  • Aggressively reduce sanitation spending by using alternative cleaning methods, alternative equipment chemicals, or modified labor schedules and identifying root causes for contamination and down time due to sanitation.
  • Direct team members activities with strong emphasis placed on employee development, performance expectations, and ensuring proper training as it relates to their job function.
  • Maintaining positive employee relations by providing a people-oriented work environment designed to motivate employees and reduce turnover.
  • Ensure fast reaction & responses to sanitation calls to minimize downtime.
  • Oversee, review, and modify sanitation program to improve cleaning efficiencies & determine labor standards
  • Oversees environmental programs.
  • Actively participate in all plant safety, health and environment initiatives
  • Implement, support, and maintain sanitation management systems, continuous improvement programs, food safety, and, preventative sanitation/maintenance programs.
  • Incorporate and support GMP's and plant cleanliness among all plant personnel.
  • Verify the daily sanitation paperwork and filing of records. Keeps all sanitation records and Standard Operating Procedures current.
  • Verify the pest control reports and filing of records. Keeps all pest control records and Standard Operating Procedures current.
  • Assist in audits and any corrective actions that may arise.

Education, Training, & Experience: 

  • Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year College or technical school; or to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in all phases of sanitation, facility upkeep, equipment sanitation/maintenance to include: chemicals, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical, building maintenance, wastewater treatment, and State and Federal sanitation requirements.
  • Strong knowledge of all governmental regulations concerning the operations, e.g. OSHA, FDA, HAACP, GFSI, as well as good manufacturing practices and good sanitation practices for food processing facilities
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and standard operating procedures
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, and customers,
  • Personal computer skills to include spreadsheet software and word processing software (MS Word & Excel).
  • Proven competency in supervisory activities which require conflict management, developing subordinates, directing subordinates, managing and measuring performance, motivating, building team spirit and morale, and understanding diverse viewpoints.

Salary:  70-80k with medical, dental, eye insurance, 401K