Location: Fort Worth
Posted on: February 17, 2020
Objectives and Challenges:
Drive production/manufacturing results through ownership and
accountability. Ensure budgeted performance is reached on all
lines. Meet line performance objectives including changeover
objectives, maintaining washouts to required timelines, limiting
downtime. Work with Maintenance to ensure appropriate
operations/maintenance "handshakes", PM program adherence,
training/knowledge sharing. Communicate and redirect maintenance
efforts to meet quality and productivity goals. Develop and
implement systems to improve production efficiencies that are
sustainable and repeatable. Document issues on processes to review
the next time issue comes up or process is followed. Utilize this
information to improve each process or system as it comes up to
rule out/eliminate negative impact.
- Must constantly focus on improving line performance, limiting
downtime, improving changeover time on all lines. Must correct
issues permanently, and not just until they occur again. Insure
mechanical knowledge is passed on to all techs and operators as
- Manage people to ensure all are performing to expectations and
optimizing their contributions.
- Plan and execute effective line startups, ensure cleaning on
all equipment is maintained, plan new product runs
- Encourage an environment of idea generation, not complaints.
Handle complaints as they arise and develop solutions
- Must communicate clearly with team what is expected.
- Continual monitoring and updating of SOP's as needed. Hold
people accountable. Monitor people performance and address
inefficiencies thru coaching and positive motivation and/or formal
disciplinary action if required.
- The effective supervisor will develop a system to ensure
responsibilities are met and then ensure people do what they are
supposed to do.
- Follow up and develop improvement plans when required. Build
- Develop employees to the "expert level" of there are of
responsibility. Cross training of hourly employees to allow more
flexibility in scheduling.
- Implement the Production Department training matrix to maintain
an accurate record of employees in need of training. Complete
weekly evaluation of employees in training to keep all on track and
aware of where they need to improve.
- Document expert knowledge and develop training program around
that information. Track effectiveness of training thru weekly
evaluation form. Certify each employee has completed training and
are fully qualified and periodically validate.
- Demonstrate leadership and strong people interactions skills
and practices. Address difficult issues with employees, push back
on people issues when needed, listen to people and react to their
concerns, be objective and listen to all sides of an issue, reward
people for job well done, have the ability to positively say no
when needed. Focus on training and developing people including
cross training. Delegate work to develop employees who show
potential to progress.
- Communicate effectively and follow up. Develop and deliver
effective briefs, reports, meetings. Be direct and concise but,
professional. Attend all inter-department meetings each day to
coordinate plans, complete any required safety items, cross train
employees, ensure GMP and SQF compliance, verify QC checks on
running product, verify all line checks are being performed, and
complete visual observation of running product. Know what is
important to share and utilize in daily briefs to communicate to
employees. Over communicate details and specifics, insuring all
employees know the plan for the day and what is expected. Employees
are kept informed of customer required changes and new products,
new raw materials, etc. Discussing shift performance and gather
info to be passed on to the next shift and supervisor.
- Understand and know the short-term as well as long-range goals
and targets for production and how they tie to the
daily/weekly/monthly production plan. Execute the plan and
communicate any opportunities or deficiencies. Use analytical
thought processes and root cause analysis to solve problems. Focus
on planning, organization and achieving daily results by informing
all employees of expectations and plans.5. Commitment to hours and
shift work including weekends. Getting acclimated to the work
environment. Six and seven day work weeks are not uncommon, working
9 to 10 hour or more shifts are not uncommon, summers are the
busiest time of the year.
Key Technical Skills:
- An understanding of electrical and mechanical systems and how
they affect all aspects of the operation is a plus. Gaining basic
knowledge/theory of how the major pieces of equipment work and
being able to troubleshoot equipment problems, understand all
support equipment and how it affects the process in QA department,
assist in overseeing the batching process and how it relates to an
effective production schedule. Knowing how the equipment is
supposed to run will improve line efficiencies in the end.
- Develop plant operations knowledge of the main support systems
needed to run an effective plant. Know the major pieces of support
equipment that are essential to running the plant and the impact of
problems with these systems. Develop a checklist to verify all are
in proper working order and if not report and follow-up as
- Have an understanding of SQF, responsibility for Food Safety
/Food Quality and the responsibility to take action when notified
or becomes aware of any Food Safety or Food Quality issue.
Key Team Skills:
- Direct and lead their shift of 15 -- 20 hourly employees. Other
than machine operators the supervisor will interact with lab techs,
maintenance techs, forklift operators, other supervisors and
managers, production schedulers. Projects will include capital
improvements on production lines and support systems, new product
runs, packaging or container changes to existing products, consumer
complaint issue investigations, line issue investigations including
six sigma tool uses.
- Run meetings with employees at the end of a shift (debrief) and
at the beginning of the next shift (brief) communicating
information from the previous shift such as things to be on the
lookout for and any particulars pertaining to product runs. Review
use to tools required to be used in the course of their jobs such
as line check sheets, downtime sheets, filler operator sheets,
checklists for changeovers, etc.
- Attend daily interdepartmental meetings to discuss status of
the day and upcoming needs on the shift. Line performance issue
will be communicated in this meeting and the impact on the
production schedule going forward. Notes of these meetings should
be forwarded to the oncoming supervisor at shift change. Will also
attend safety meetings and lead process improvement teams to
generate ideas to improve efficiencies on the lines or any topic so
Degree Preference: Engineering
Troubleshooting and Lean manufacturing experience.
Keywords: Refresco, Fort Worth , Production Supervisor, Professions , Fort Worth, Texas
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