Production and Operations Manager

East Lansing MI
Sep 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

Production and Operation Manager, Michigan State University Food Processing and Innovation Center (FPIC)



The MSU Food Processing and Innovation Center(FPIC), is an operating unit of the MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio and is located in Okemos MI. Designed to be a leading independent production facility, the FPIC will explore and accelerate the development of new consumer products for the marketplace. Built as a ‘real time’ and fully regulatory compliant production facility, the FPIC is capable of manufacturing a wide range of food and drink products using sophisticated modern processing and packaging techniques.



The FPIC will be a leasable production plant available to businesses in the Great Lakes Region and beyond looking to explore expansion opportunities or develop new product lines. It will provide the manufacturing capabilities, industry resources, and university expertise that will allow businesses to develop the manufacturing techniques and compliance necessary to enable them to return to their facilities with the technical knowledge and practical experience to implement new product launches. While the FPIC will primarily supply processing capabilities, it will also be a hub for the food industry to engage in equipment events, technical and regulatory training, and workforce development.


Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
  • Knowledge equivalent to that which would normally be acquired by completing a four year college degree program in engineering, packaging, food science and production facility capabilities;

  •  Five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work in food production, product development, manufacturing and  process management ;

  • Experience with processing equipment such as Retorts, Spiral Freezers, Cook/Chill systems and packaging equipment;

  • Experience with quality control and sanitation; advanced experience with electronic calendaring, email, spreadsheet, presentation and word processing

  • Leadership, management and customer service experience

Desired Qualifications


  • Knowledge and understanding of state & federal regulatory requirements.
  • Better Process Control training; HACCP Certification, Preventative Controls certification; USDA & FDA (FSMA) compliance and GSFI Standards (BRC/ SQF)
  • Willingness and ability to maintain a flexible schedule to accommodate client needs;



Required Application Materials

Cover letter, resume, and references.

Work Hours


Bidding Eligibility Ends 9/26/2017 @ 11:55 PM

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