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Check with seller Department Manager - Packaging Indianapolis

Published date: April 3, 2022
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

TITLE: Department Manager

LOCATION: Indianapolis, IN Plant

REPORTS TO: Unit Manager

Company Background:
Ingredion is a Fortune 500 provider of ingredient solutions that helps nourish, comfort, sustain, and delight people around the world. Ingredion’s wide range of ingredient solutions is strategically designed to address changing consumer trends and preferences. Our specialty portfolio includes starch-based texturizers, clean and simple ingredients, plant-based proteins, sugar reduction and specialty sweeteners, and food systems. Our innovative ingredient solutions are used by consumers in everyday products, from foods and beverages to paper and pharmaceuticals. And we do it all in a planet-friendly sustainable manner.

We bring the potential of people, nature, and technology together to make life better.

That’s our purpose. We are all IN to make life better!

Every day, Ingredion employees bring their skills, creativity, and passion together to deliver ingredient solutions that enhance people’s lives. We are innovators who combine the power of technology with the best of nature to delight our customers and consumers. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in ethics, safety, quality, and sustainability. Unlocking the potential of people, nature, and technology to make life better is what drives us in every aspect of our business.

If you are interested in making life better, we are all IN to learn more about you! A bit about what you can expect from the employee experience at Ingredion:

The chance to make a difference

No matter where you work in the company, you’ll have an opportunity to make life better… for our colleagues, customers, communities, and the world.

Passionate people, motivated to excel

Our highly talented people have a passion for learning and achievement and are driven by our inspiring purpose to make life better and our core values: Care First, Be Preferred, Everyone Belongs, Innovate Boldly, and Owner’s Mindset.

A warm, welcoming environment

At Ingredion, everyone belongs! We embrace diversity and foster an inclusive work environment where individuals feel supported and enabled to contribute their very best every day.

A place where you can grow personally and professionally

We believe everyone has great potential, and we strive to nurture that potential into great personal and professional achievements.

An environment that enables innovation and collaboration

We are creating the conditions that inspire and enable innovation - in our products and services, as well as in how we do our work day-to-day.

The Department Manager will provide leadership and technical solutions to operations. To manage department process operations and tasks to meet the Indianapolis Plant’s safety, quality, yield, cost, and customer delivery goals. Serve on task forces, cross-functional teams, committees, etc. as required.

Core Responsibilities:
Supervising the day-to-day activities of the operators to produce products of sufficient quality and quantity to meet the projected needs of customers. Drive operations activities to meet Unit KPI’s.
Coordinating maintenance activities as a gatekeeper to meet the production, quality, safety, and environmental needs of the business.
Promoting and administering Safety, Health and Environmental programs to ensure workforce stability, eliminating losses attributable to personal injury or property damage, and complying with regulatory guidelines applicable to manufacturing processes and product characteristics.
Keeping historical data, to analyze and monitor key efficiencies and parameters against design to assist Operations with troubleshooting and meeting costs, production goals and other unit KPI’s.
Assisting in the training and coaching of operations personnel in both process design and operational techniques established to maintain unit business objectives and to provide organizational strength and individual growth within the organization
Monitoring process conditions and operational activities taking corrective action as needed to ensure operation of the process in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Analyzing processes, developing new operating techniques, and recommending changes or capital expenditures, to maintain or improve business efficiencies, facility life and quality.
Coordinating with Human Resources to manage the hourly workforce in compliance with the collective bargaining agreement and in line with Plant Rules.
Supporting Performance management activities and site development efforts to enhance the capability and provide ongoing personal development for salaried staff.
Institutionalizing an atmosphere that stresses operator accountability, customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement.
Ability to manage a manufacturing environment, including capability to perform effectively in high stress, emergency, and crisis situations.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with proven ability to lead in a team environment, motivate, build consensus, and foster positive relationships with team members.
Ability to evaluate personnel needs/effectiveness and implement effective development activities for salaried & hourly reports.
Ability to challenge traditional methods of accomplishing tasks or work activities; ability to identify and implement creative, innovative solutions, when appropriate.
Ability to understand and integrate technical and business needs into all activities.
Strong planning, organizing and time management skills.
Demonstrated a high degree of initiative, taking responsibility for personal actions, decisions, and results.
Ability to effectively handle a variety of assignments simultaneously and effective in dealing with ambiguity.

Qualified candidates will have:
Bachelor's degree plus significant experience in operations, including management of hourly workforce, or equivalent in education and experience.
Supervisory experience preferred.
Experience working preferably in the food or pharmaceutical ingredients or products.
Knowledge of company and regulatory rules, policies, and procedures in the areas of GMP, quality and safety.
Computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office Software applications (i.e., Excel, Word, etc.).
Knowledge of Corn Wet Milling Manufacturing operations, processes, and customer base a plus.
Familiar with Lean Six Sigma tools and Six Sigma Green Belt preferred.

Ingredion provides accommodations to job applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process. If a job applicant requires an accommodation during the application process or through the selection process, we will work with the applicant to meet the job applicant's accommodation needs.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, military status, or disability status.

Relocation Available:
Yes, Within Country

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