Line Improvement Supervisor

The Line Improvement Supervisor position is accountable for the business results for each line, and is responsible for the efficient ways of refining the production and teamwork processes of employees, 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Improvement Supervisor position is accountable for accomplishing safety quality improvement projects and the delivery of performance results, through effective execution in directing and monitoring the improvement process, and leading and developing team members. 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 employees engaged in the production and processing of improvement projects targeting high quality snack food products
• 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 improve work processes
• Plans and establishes work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet performance standards
• Translates schedules to identified improvement requirements
• Utilizes standard work processes to ensure repeatable performance
• Monitors improvement goals and levels to make sure they are consistent with performance standards
• Confers with supervisors and leadership team to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments
• Observes work equipment and product to ensure that employees conform to production and improvement standards
• Tracks employees’ work performance and attendance to ensure performance metrics are met
• Directs employees involved in the production of improvement projects, such as packaging, processing, and maintenance technicians
• Drives root cause analysis

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

Performs additional related duties as assigned

Role Contribution Level
This position is a Supervisor role. The position requires the incumbent to directly supervise employees; 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. He/she must value supervisory work, and demonstrate an ability to provide effective feedback, coaching, and motivation to employees including difficult messages.

Education and Work Experience
• High school or equivalent degree required; a two-year technical or four-year bachelor’s 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, Skills, and Abilities
• Knowledge of basic and advanced principles of training and coaching 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 principals 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

Shearer’s provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.