Manufacturing Recruitment Agency Seeks a Director of Operations with Food Industry Exp.

Kappa Search, Inc. is a Chicago engineering, operations and manufacturing recruiting firm. We specialize in the permanent recruitment and placement of technical and management professionals. We are currently recruiting for a Director of Operations with fermentation process expertise.


  • The Director of Operations will assist with the startup, commissioning and validation of a new food production/manufacturing facility.
  • Will assist with equipment selection, installation and test during facility start-up.
  • Hire, educate and lead a workforce through start-up and into the daily operations of a food/nutritional supplement  manufacturing environment.
  • Develop, drive and maintain a culture of quality, efficiency and safety.
  • Assist and lead production staff with equipment training, start-up, commissioning and validation.
  • Development, review and approval of SOPs, batch records, validation protocols and reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology or Engineering or equivalent experience
  • 8 – 10 years work experience in food, nutritional supplement, biotech or pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • 5 + years of operations management/ supervisory experience.
  • Prefer experience in FDA-regulated industry
  • Several years experience with GMP, production systems and processes, engineering, and quality systems requirements
  • 5+ years experience with fermentation processes
  • Strong vision, training and leadership skills
  • Ability to produce business, financial, and accounting reports