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Position Title: Production Management Trainee- Plover Potato

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Plover 

Grade: Grade 03 

Requisition ID: 5405 



Statement of Job

This role exists to strengthen the capability in our plant manufacturing network through the development of a PMT curriculum that enhances our talent pipeline for critical roles such as Plant Managers.  The PMT program is aimed at providing high potential, talented graduates a strong foundation for understanding McCain’s business to develop into future leaders for McCain.  PMT trainees will be paired closely with senior experienced subject matter experts within McCain operations and plant teams to learn all aspects of the manufacturing process. Employee will participate in a two-year Plant Management development program.  The Trainee will complete applied learning experiences in manufacturing operations from “field to fork” within our product life cycle. Working directly with business leaders in the program knowledge focus areas, the Trainee will be actively involved in the curriculum development of the PMT program.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Observe experienced staff and gain knowledge about process, procedures, methods and standards that are required for performing  a supervisory role within each of the program focus area
  • Complete a structured development plan consisting of training courses and applied learning experiences of rotational assignments within the manufacturing process with required assignments
  • Actively participate in the curriculum development of the PMT program through creation of structured assignments that deliver expected learning outcomes
  • Complete assignments in each of the program focus areas within the manufacturing process assuming a front-line supervisory role (ie. receiving, processing, packaging, quality, etc.)
  • Organize and lead work teams within assigned focus area including scheduling, safety, daily operations performance management
  • Create detailed curriculum with learning outcomes and clearly defined skill/knowledge requirements  of what a PMT needs to learn
  • As a PMT, the role will oversee a crew of people within the program focus area for the duration of the rotational assignment.  Decision making will increase upon completion of the full production process
  • Build experiences / projects that enhance learning and knowledge transfer
  • Create assessments that ensure learning achieved
  • Regular assignments and operational analysis and reporting are required throughout the term of the program



  • Organize and lead meetings as required.
  • Consultation and sound judgment in analyzing daily metrics to determine best course of action




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sound fact based decision making and problem solving ability with a focus on delivering results
  • Project Management discipline and principles as demonstrated in leading successful project initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sound pragmatic solutions in resolving day to day operational challenges with people
  • Clear understanding of manufacturing business process in a lean manufacturing environment
  • Understanding of statistical process control and data management
  • Working experience leading and training others
  • Experience in process design and productivity improvements
  • Demonstrated experience leading and influencing others
  • Understanding of lean principles and methodologies
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to work rotating shifts as required to operate production facilities and meet customer demands
  • Fact based decision making and problem resolution skills
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and lead projects/work teams
  • Communicate relentlessly
  • Strong organizational, written/oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Strong multi-cultural empathy and ability to work with diverse cultures, levels
  • Ability to earn the respect, acceptance and trust of peers, subordinates and superiors
  • Team player who is a champion of change
  • Ability to travel and willingness to be globally mobile



Must provide professional representation of McCain mission and values both inside and outside the organization.  Must adhere to the McCain Code of Conduct.



Education:  BS Engineering  or BA Business

Scope of Authority

  • All employees have the right to question or refuse a work related directive that is unsafe.
  • All employees are expected to take appropriate measures regarding employee, product or equipment safety.
  • The incumbent will be required to work from a McCain office and may require travel as business needs require (the mission of the organization may sometimes take them to non-standard workplaces). The incumbent will also work a standard work week but additionally may be called upon to occasionally work evenings and/or weekends to accommodate deadlines and unplanned requirements.


This job description covers the basic functions of the job and is not intended to provide a complete listing of daily tasks. Flexibility and improvement of job skills are essential to all positions at McCain Foods USA Inc.


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected status or characteristic (Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran).


Job Family: Manufacturing      
Division: Greater North America 
Department: ​Plover Production ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Plover || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Wisconsin Rapids 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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