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Department Manager

Department Manager

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Job Locations 
US-IL-Bedford Park
Job Family 
Manufacturing (MF)

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Title:  Department Manager (Dextrose)

Location: Argo Plant (Bedford Park, IL)


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


As a  Department Manager your responsibilities will include:

  • Supervising the day-to-day activities of the operators to produce products of sufficient quality and quantity to meet the projected needs of customers.

  • Coordinating maintenance activities to meet the production, quality, safety, and environmental needs of the business.

  • Driving operations activities to meet Unit KPI’s.

  • Promoting and administer Safety, Health and Environmental programs in order to ensure workforce stability, eliminate losses attributable to personal injury or property damage, and comply with regulatory guidelines applicable to manufacturing processes and product characteristics.



The Department Manager position is well-suited for you if you:

  • Keep 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.

  • Assist 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

  • Monitor process conditions and operational activities taking corrective action as needed to ensure operation of the process in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

  • Analyze processes, develop new operating techniques and recommend changes or capital expenditures, to maintain or improve business efficiencies, facility life and quality.

  • Coordinate with Human Resources to manage the hourly workforce in compliance with the collective bargaining agreement and in line with Plant Rules.

  • Support Performance management activities and site development efforts to enhance the capability and provide ongoing personal development for salaried staff.

  • Institutionalize an atmosphere that stresses operator accountability, customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement.

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 safety, GMP, and quality.

  • 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.



Relocation Available?            Yes

Job Grade:                              G


If you are inspired by professional challenges and the rewards that come from a high level of performance, then Ingredion is the company for you. At Ingredion you can be a member of a globally connected team inspired to achieve great things.


We believe in the power of our people to work together to seize opportunities, overcome obstacles and exceed expectations. Each day, individuals make a meaningful difference in the quality of our products and the success of our technology and operations and, in turn, the quality of life for consumers.

A career at Ingredion combines the benefits and professional opportunities afforded a $7 billion leader in our industry with the dynamic environment and team-driven culture you’d expect in a much smaller company.  Despite its global scope and the advancement opportunities that come with it, Ingredion has the intimacy of a mid-size company, one where different perspectives are sought and where relationships matter.