DFA Dairy Brands

General Manager

Job Locations US-IL-Belvidere
Requisition ID
General Management
Bachelor's Degree
Relocation Assistance
Available to Qualified Candidates
Job Type

Job Description & Requirements

At DFA the General Manager position is critically important requiring very strong local leaders that run an entire business and plays an integral role in creating DFA’s strategic advantage. The GM is responsible for managing sales, production, quality, distribution, and finance for the assigned business unit. This position will meet or exceed business unit KPI’s and net income objectives through effective leadership of others.


• Develops and manages operating plan to meet or exceed business unit objectives. Determines strategies and tactics for achieving financial objectives, presenting assumptions and recommending objectives. Makes sound business projections, identifies the impact of budgetary assumption changes, and makes appropriate adjustment. Effectively manages assets such as trucks, equipment, inventory, and receivables to balance short and long-term business needs
• Works alongside direct reports as a coach and partner to effectively manage their performance. Communicates company and cascading goals and assists direct reports in establishing goals that align with department and company goals. Provides ongoing performance feedback and conducts performance conversations with direct reports. Holds direct reports and indirect reports accountable for results and works with them to cultivate their capabilities and utilize their strengths
• Coordinates pricing strategies to maximize operating income for assigned business unit, considering the impact to the company as a whole, while working collaboratively with Sales and Trade Marketing. Analyzes cost drivers such as commodities, fuel, resin, etc., to determine selling price. Monitors market conditions (customer, competitor, and consumer) to determine demands and opportunities and recommends action
• Partners with Operations Management Teams to direct production activities and ensure safety and compliance with quality control standards, regulatory compliance, and equipment lease agreements.
• Operates with a company-wide perspective, expands existing and new customer business. Considers the impact to the business overall when evaluating potential new products, packaging, conversions, expansions, formats, and business opportunities.
• Understands the need to operate as one ice cream team and offers ideas and solutions that benefit the greater whole. Shares best practices.
• Assists the executive team in managing acquisitions and identifying acquisition targets
• Ensures the successful distribution of products through internal distribution and a network of external distributors/haulers. Works with the VP of Planning and Logistics to develop strategies and initiatives to optimize the utilization of DSD routes and other resources.
• Effectively leads cross-functional projects related to growth opportunities, continuous improvement, and other key business initiatives. Sets clear direction for project teams and involves appropriate people and functions to design, develop, and implement key continuous improvement initiatives and ensure standard processes, tools, etc., are implemented and leveraged effectively. Accountable for meeting project objectives through well-coordinated and integrated work efforts. Uses a collaborative approach to ensure the new initiatives are well-executed
• Lead SKU rationalization to manage and maintain portfolio health
• Effectively manages risk to the business unit and company by considering the legal implications of business decisions. Exercises sound judgement when entering into contractual agreements related to new business, facilities, school bids, distributors, etc. Consults next level manager and legal counsel as appropriate
• Builds and cultivates community relationships with local leaders, governmental bodies and union representatives
• Performs other duties as determined by business needs


Job Requirements:


Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related fields plus more than ten years’ experience in manufacturing, sales and distribution with six or more of those years in a leadership role involving people management
• Or more than 14 years’ experience in manufacturing, sales and distribution with six or more of those years in a leadership role involving people
• MBA preferred
• Up to 15% travel- Occasional day and overnight travel required


Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Excellent people leadership skills that balances support, encouragement, accountability, change management, trust and feedback.
• Complex Decision Making: Deals with concepts and complexity comfortably. Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement. Most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time. Sought out by others for advice and solutions. Is intellectually organized and mentally flexible. Does not allow own emotions to prevent careful consideration in decision making
• Aligning Business and Customer Strategic Objectives: Has a deep understanding of the business and the customer’s strategic objectives and looks to further the interest of both. Always working as a passionate advocate for our brands and products, creatively seeks opportunities to leverage business capabilities in meeting customer needs. Keeps current on developments that affect customers’ business strategies and has long term perspective on doing business with customers
• Work Coordination and Integration: Skilled at coordinating and integrating work efforts cross-functionally. Fosters the alignment of goals across all functional areas. Forms positive working relationships with key people in other departments and builds coordination across departmental boundaries. Facilitates cross-functional communication and ensures that details of execution don’t “fall between the cracks”. Ability to manage high performing teams
• Knowledge of Product Costing and Pricing: Has strong knowledge of our products and customers. Understands dairy product costing and how it correlates with customer pricing structures. Familiar with commodity-based costing and dairy industry regulations. Uses this knowledge base to drive model from purchasing of raw milk to customer delivery
• Knowledge of Ice Cream Operations: Understands ice cream manufacturing KPIs and what drives performance. Uses this understanding to identify and resolve complex problems associated with the manufacturing, quality and safety as it relates to meeting our net income objectives
• Supports, Demonstrates, and Promotes Leadership Effectiveness Factors: Establish trust and demonstrate integrity, set clear direction, grow relationships, focus on results, cultivate capabilities, and promote innovation

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