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Production Supervisor


Job Title: Production Supervisor                              

Reports to: Operations Manager

Number of Direct Reports:  20-25

Key Internal Partners:  Other production supervisors, maintenance supervisors, Technical Services, Quality, Sanitation, Supply Chain

Key External Partners: None

Project Management:  Yes 

Job Summary:

The Production Supervisor is responsible for overseeing production operations and leading a team of trained employees in achieving safety, quality and performance goals.

Job Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Provide guidance and general direction to Production Leads and other production floor personnel and maintain a positive work environment
  • Ensure fair and consistent application of all Materne N.A. policies, standards and procedures
    • Ensure compliance with safety policies and procedures.  Fully investigate incidents and perform root cause analyses.  Work with plant leadership to implement corrective action when necessary to eliminate recurrence.
    • Ensure compliance with quality, food safety, and sanitation policies, standards and procedures, and GMPs
    • Ensure compliance with production policies, standards and procedures
  • Meet production goals for assigned workshop and deliver desired results according to deadlines
  • Monitor all CIPs and shutdown timelines to ensure alignment with organizational expectations.  Ensure compliance with master sanitation schedule.
  • Provide daily production data
    • Analyze daily reports provide feedback in written format            
  • Effectively manage employees in the workshop
    • Monitor daily work performance and on the job training of employees in assigned workshop
    • Lead daily meetings, or partner with a Production Lead to help them conduct daily meetings, and provide clear communication on matters pertaining to production
    • Plan work schedules and assignments and ensure they are completed within the assigned timeline
    • Support employee growth and develop competencies
    • Address personnel issues and partner with HR when necessary
  • Enforce 6S principles and implement lean manufacturing principles
  • Maintain inventory management standards
  • All other duties as assigned        

Key Performance Indicator (KPI):

Safety (# of recordable incidents), First Time Right, OEE, Yield, and Down Time

Position Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, Food Science, Engineering or a related field


  • 3+ years of experience as a supervisor in a manufacturing environment
  • At least 1 year or food industry manufacturing experience is strongly preferred
  • 1 year of experience using Microsoft Office suite software or similar programs
  • At least 1 year of lean manufacturing or six sigma methodology


  • Ability to navigate difficult personnel challenges effectively
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee safety and food safety
  • Ability to understand technical processes and automated mechanical equipment
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills and manage the work of others
  • Ability to lead root cause analysis events
  • Must be able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment
  • Must be able to quickly and effectively interpret information in order to reach sound conclusions
  • Must be able to challenge the status quo in a professional manner.
  • Must have a passion for being on the plant floor and interacting with employees at all levels
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, leadership, training and coaching skills
  • Must have strong organizational and time management skills


  • Must be able lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Must be able to stand for an entire shift (8-12 hours)
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