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(Archived) Operations & Start Up Leader (Technical Resource)

Last Updated: 9/16/20

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Operations & Start Up Leader (Technical Resource) Job Description For more than 100 years, Purina has led the charge in revolutionizing pet food production and its ability to enrich the lives of pets everywhere. By 1956, through innovative engineering, we literally reshaped Pet Care, introducing Dog Chow® as the first extruded dry food. We’re still at it today, with Tidy Cats®, the lightweight cat litter champion of the world and our new Ultra-Premium brands, Beyond® and Just Right® pet food. Such industry leadership requires constant innovation and renovation, which is so often rooted in engineering.
The Operations and Start-Up Leader will play a key role in managing capital projects and initiatives to meet business, schedule and budget objectives. This position will focus on the operational side of these projects– including the evaluation and implementation of all business processes, equipment, systems and technology, job roles and organization structures. A key aspect of this role will be consistent collaboration with both internal and external partners including but not limited to our Nestle Purina Product Technology Center (PTC), Nestle Purina Support Center (NPSC), Technical Applications Group (TAG), Quality Assurance (QA), Safety, Human Resources, Factory Operations, Factory Management, Engineering, Digital Manufacturing Information Technology (IT at Nestle) and external contractors and vendors (OEMs).
The Operations Start-Up Leader will also be responsible for identifying areas where business processes and system-related changes are needed. This person will work with stakeholders from all business units and related third parties to analyze, define and document all necessary changes as well as to translate new requirements into training-related materials and documentation for factory users. As the subject matter expert on operational processes and training procedures, the Operational Start-Up Leader will be expected to act as an effective coach for leaders and associates at all levels of the business.

  • Coordinate product and process permits and licenses with the project manager, quality manager, safety, health and environment (SHE), and the regulatory team.
  • Schedule and manage the staffing and training process to ensure implementation of standard programs developed by Nestle Purina Engineering (NPE).
  • Evaluate and manage the raw and packaging materials availability, inventory and production planning during start-up phase, and commissioning.
  • Develop and manage the master start-up plan for the commissioning, qualification and verification (CQV) phase.
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities in relation to business processes and system-related as well as support change management strategies when changes are needed.
  • Coordinate/manage the operational team and ensure that product, equipment, systems, line and site certifications are completed on time.
  • Coordinate safety activities with the operational team and Engineering to complete Machine Risk Assessments (MRAs), Safety Maps, Lock out Tag out (LOTO) procedures.
  • Complete a proactive and effective handover of the project to the operational team including proper documentation.
  • Ensure the achievement of business objectives i.e. line performance, safety measures and product qualification.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree AND 3+ years change management, business analysis and project management experience in a manufacturing, industrial and/or military environment


  • PMP or equivalent Project Management Professional certification

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Job: Operations & Start Up Leader (Technical Resource) Primary Location: Cincinnati, OH US Other Location: Career Area: Professional Nestle Purina PetCare Company

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Nestle Purina PetCare

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Nestlé Purina PetCare has been advancing pet nutrition for over 80 years. Our team of over 18,000 employees and 400 scientists, including nutritionists, aim to develop products that deliver comprehensive nutrition to help ensure the long healthy lives of pets and make discoveries that can further enhance the lives of pets everywhere. Nestlé Purina is focused on delivering world-class products with...