Founded in 1965, KanPak(r) LLC began as a family-owned dairy company, based in Arkansas City, KS. From the beginning, KanPak has led the way in the development of aseptic processing and packaging for beverages and desserts. In 1983, KanPak was one of the first companies in North America to qualify, process and aseptically package low acid foods.

KanPak continued to grow and expand, creating some of the most successful new product introductions in the foodservice industry.

In 2011, Golden State Foods became partners in KanPak China, with the combined companies continuing to expand their product offering and bring on new customers in China and throughout Asia. This success culminated in 2013 with Golden State Foods acquiring controlling interest in KanPak LLC, and eventually acquiring the balance of KanPak LLC in 2016 with KanPak LLC becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Golden State Foods.

The newest addition to the KanPak facility line-up is in Penn Yan, NY. Acquired in December of 2014, the plant has liquid aseptic processing as well as yogurt capabilities, and provides a second North American facility to service the North East region.

Our Creed & Values are behind everything we do at Golden State Foods. These aren’t just words, they aren’t just a mission statement, they are a way of living, a way of doing business, and a reflection of the positive change that we would like to see in the world. 


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General Manager / Site Leader - Food Manufacturing

Arkansas City, Kansas | Full Time
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Job Description
KanPak® is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of the very best beverage and dessert solutions. Aseptic technology is at the heart of many products we create, allowing all KanPak® products to ship and store without refrigeration for up to 12 months, but it’s our state-of-the-art beverage manufacturing capabilities and exceptional customer service that really set us apart from competitors.  
We are seeking an energetic, skilled General Manager / Site Leader for our facility in Arkansas City, Kansas.  
You must have proven, successful, sustained leadership experience. 
Arkansas City is a city in Cowley County, Kansas, United States, situated at the confluence of the Arkansas and Walnut rivers in the southwestern part of the county. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,415. 
Work Shift may vary.
Relocation may be available for this position.

The general manager directs and coordinates activities of one or more departments, such as engineering, operations or maintenance, by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate managers.

Primary Objectives:

Coordinate GSF (Golden State Foods) Quality activities and operations to meet objective for quality, food safety, integrity, regulatory compliances, cost, safety and customer satisfaction at KanPak.

Participate in formulating and administering division’s short and long range goals and objectives for business growth

  • Responsible for working in a safe manner, supporting and adhering to all Safety policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Responsible for working in a manner, adhering to all policies and procedures that support Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory requirements
  • Oversee daily operations for the business unit or organization.
  • Coordinate the development of key performance goals for functions and direct reports.
  • Provide direct management of key functional managers and executives in the business unit.
  • Ensures integration of safety, food safety and quality into every facet of all activities
  • Ensure the development of tactical programs to pursue targeted goals and objectives.
  • Communicate strategy and results to the unit's employees
  • Maintain and promote safe practices and procedures
  • Oversees manufacturing and materials departments to review production and operating reports and resolve operational, manufacturing and facility problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays and to meet future growth.
  • Reviews analyses of activities, costs, operations and forecast data to determine department or division progress toward stated goals and objectives.
  • Develops, reviews, updates and implements business strategic planning, including financial performance.
  • Oversees key projects, processes and performance reports, data and analysis.
  • Reviews operations and plans to meet requirements for sales planning and to ascertain manufacturing or outsourcing requirements to develop new markets.
  • Reviews and approves preparation of accounting analysis for budgetary planning and implementation, production efficiency, financial reporting, budgetary planning and submittal for capital expenditures.


Skills & Requirements

Employment Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master's degree highly preferred.
  • Ten years of Experience in the Manufacturing Industry; Food production highly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Financial Responsibility - budgeting acumen
  • Great communication and analytical skills
  • Leadership
  • Database, Excel and similar software
  • FDA Better Process Control
  • Budgetary and costs planning processes
  • Excellent listener
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Outstanding Follow up on actions and commitments

Skill and ability to:

  • Serve as a team member, facilitator and/or leader as the team role warrants
  • Manage and motivate employees in a team-based environment
  • Maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information
  • Time Management
Physical and Visual Activities:
Lift, carry and push equipment.
Reach, bend and twist/turn in awkward positions.
Ability to visually differentiate items of color, up close and in the distance.
Physical Requirements:
Ability to wear personal protective equipment and/or clothing.
Stand/walk 7 or more hours per day.
Continuously talk/hear throughout the day.
Frequently squat, bend, reach, twist/turn, grip/grasp, and climb.
Frequently use eye/hand coordination and eye/hand/foot coordination as well as handle/finger.
Frequently lift and carry up to 25 lbs from floor height to overhead and carry more than 100 feet.
Occasionally kneel/crawl.
Occasionally use fine motor tasks and taste/smell.
Environmental / Atmospheric Conditions:
Must be able to work in shop and production environments.
Constantly work in damp, wet, humid and slippery environments.
Constantly work near moving equipment.
Constantly work in high noise levels requiring hearing protection.
Frequently work in area with fumes or airborne debris.
Frequently work with toxic or caustic chemicals.
Frequently work in extreme heat/cold.
Occasionally work in high places.
Occasionally work with hand tools causing segmental or whole-body vibration.

KanPak, LLC encourages diversity in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran

KanPak, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, affirms to recruit, hire, train, and promote, in all job classifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. KanPak will not discriminate against persons because of their disability, including disabled veterans, and will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees and applicants with disabilities.