Line Improvement Supervisor

Position Summary

The Line Improvement Supervisor is accountable for the business results of the line, and is responsible for the efficient ways of refining the production and teamwork processes of associates, and targeting the improvement of the safety quality of the product in a continuous, improvement-based environment, while also maintaining a safe work environment. This is to be accomplished through developing a ninety-day plan of improvement; effective leadership, coaching and development of individuals; and through building team dynamics targeting improvement techniques and designs, while applying Lean, Total Productive Maintenance, and other continuous improvement tools and methods.


The Improvement Supervisor is responsible for leading Tier 2 Daily Direction Setting (DDS) and participating in Tier 3 DDS.

 Directs and monitors the activities of associates engaged in the production and processing of improvement projects targeting high quality wafer product

  • Ensures that behaviors, practices, and the work environment supports a safe workplace by enforcing safety and sanitation rules and principles
  • Ensures and monitors improvement project quality and project implementation efficiency
  • Utilizes metrics/data to evaluate and prioritize line losses and improve work processes
  • Plans and establishes work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet performance standards
  • Translates schedules to identify improvement requirements
  • Utilizes standard work processes to ensure repeatable performance
  • Monitors improvement goals and levels to make sure they are consistent with performance standards
  • Observes work equipment and product to ensure that associates conform to production and improvement standards
  • Tracks associates’ work performance to ensure performance metrics are met
  • Directs associates involved in improvement projects, such as packaging, processing, and maintenance technicians
  • Drives root cause analysis

 Leading and Developing Associates

  • Coaches associates on a daily basis in the principles of effective production
  • Mentors associates on career aspirations
  • Leads the team through an emphasis on both production and people
  • Communicates effectively with associates through both oral and written means
  • Conducts associate training to improve associates’ expertise and knowledge in equipment operations, work safety procedures, and teamwork, or assigns associate training to experienced workers
  • Provides feedback to associates on individual performance standards in a timely and efficient manner
  • Provides training to associates or ensures that all associates are adequately trained and engaged in developmental activities
  • Builds rapport and collaborative relationships across cross-functional teams

 Follow all company policies and procedures while working

 Completing all other duties as assigned

 Education, experience, knowledge and skills

This position is a Supervisor role. The position requires the incumbent to directly supervise associates; promote safe and efficient operations; and establish a positive work environment with people working together collaboratively. The incumbent must effectively shift from primarily directly overseeing task completion to primarily assigning tasks to others to be completed. Demonstrate an ability to provide effective feedback, coaching, and motivation to associates, including difficult messages. 

  • High school or equivalent diploma required; a two-year technical or degree in Engineering is preferred
  • 2+ years of experience in a production management or supervision role, preferably in the food processing industry
  • Experience working with Continuous Improvement/Lean methods and tools (Total Production Maintenance, Centerlines, CIL’s, Defect Handling, 5S, Quick Changeover)
  • Knowledge of basic and advanced principles of training, coaching and mentoring individuals and groups
  • Knowledge of techniques for maximizing the manufacture and distribution of goods
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Time management skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Computer skills
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to design techniques, tools, and principles involved in the production of detailed plans of improvement
  • Ability to work within an integrated operating enterprise
  • Ability to manage hourly team members in executing complex programs
  • Ability to work a variable schedule
  • Ability to read and comprehend written material
  • Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities consistent with the essential duties and responsibilities
  • Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Must follow all safety regulations while working

Shearer’s Foods Canada, Inc. is committed to providing accommodation for applicants with disabilities; please advise us if you require an accommodation during the recruitment process.

We are pleased that you are interested in joining our organization. The on-line application will take approximately 20 minutes. You will be asked a standard set of questions similar to those that you would find on an employment application.

The individual applying for the position must complete this on-line application personally. You will also be asked to provide work history information, so please refer to your resume when completing this on-line application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.