Plant Operations Manager - East Baton Rouge Parish - R00070078

Work Location: LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, Baton Rouge, LA

Position Description: This position is responsible for coordinating operation of the LSU AgCenter Food Innovation Institute (FOODii) Plant Operations and ensures that tenant companies are competent in good manufacturing practices and equipment usage.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: oversee and coordinate usage of incubator and pilot plant facilities by tenants and AgCenter faculty; design, implement and execute culinary safety and sanitation curriculum; instruct tenants on how to properly and safely use all equipment; provide tenants, graduate students and undergraduate workers with guidance and assistance in processing techniques; provide guidance and compliance with safe food handling methods within incubator use policies and procedures including kitchen and pilot plant; provide one-on-one and group technical and problem solving assistance to program participants; coordination of access and scheduling of tenants in various facilities; develop and maintain key performance metrics to report monthly; develop and maintain food industry relationships and resources; provide specifications, bid procurement and supplier information; interface with University units regarding and implementation of research and processing protocols for experiments, product development, processing studies and teaching exercises.

Other duties include: maintaining the operation and management of all kitchen/packaging equipment; managing inventory of kitchen and cleaning supplies; coordinating work schedules of student workers and other staff members; scheduling equipment repair and maintenance; adhering to all city, state and federal requirements for commercial kitchen facilities; participation in other FOODii programs both on campus and off campus; some travel required.

Qualification Requirements: BS or MS degree in Food Sciences or related field. Three to five years’ experience in food processing and or food research. HACCP Certified, Better Processing or other Food Safety Certification/Training. Knowledge of food processing, preservation and packaging.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSUSystem. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

Application Deadline: October 12 ,2022 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Date Available: Upon completion of the interview process.

Application Procedure: Must apply online at Workday (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, official university transcripts and a list of three references. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. For more information, please contact:

Dr. Wade Baumgartner
Associate Vice Presdent
104 Efferson Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
LSU Agricultural Center
Telephone: 225-578-7742


Web site: AgCenter website

The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

9/28/2022 5:34:57 PM
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