Waterford, PA Production Supervisor Nights

Production Supervisor – Night Shift - Waterford, Pennsylvania


Company Overview

Shearer's Snacks is the largest producer of private label salty snacks, crackers and cookies in North America and the largest producer of kettle cooked potato chips in the world. Based in Massillon, Ohio, Shearer's operates eleven state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Iowa, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Texas, Oregon, Arkansas, Virginia and Canada and received the snack food industry's highest sustainability award for environmental responsibility.


The Company offers its customers a unique value proposition that includes innovation, product development, manufacturing, and category management expertise.


Shearer’s Waterford location is a rural setting and the business was established in 2014.  Production of kettle chips began in July of 2014 with 27 associates.  Current state of our facility includes production of kettle chips, extruded products, airpop popcorn and wet popcorn and employs approximately 260 associates. 


Competitive Environment

  •          Because of the unique business model and value proposition, Shearer’s Snacks has very few competitors that match its total portfolio of capabiliites.


Drivers of Growth/”Reasons to Believe”

  •          Shearer’s Snacks has more than quadrupled its growth over the last 10 years through strategic acquisition and organic growth, making it the leading private label and contract manufacturer of salty snacks, cookies, and crackers.
  •          The Company is a strategic supplier to a diverse customer base of leading retailers and branded snack food companies.
  •          Product innovation, technical product development, and category management are important and significant capabilities and set Shearer’s apart from its smaller competitors in establishing a value proposition in the market place.


Job Description:


The production supervisor position is responsible for supervising employees in a manufacturing environment. This position is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the production process from raw material input to final product packaging on a manufacturing shift. Is responsible for product quality, production efficiency, schedule attainment, safety, and employee relations.  Recommendations on improvements in production methods, equipment, operating procedures and working conditions are essential to the job.  Ability to communicate in an effective manner to direct reports and shift team members company gains and losses along with other strategies and initiatives (i.e., programs, policies). 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The production supervisor position requires the incumbent to spend a significant amount of time monitoring and being visible on the production floor, being the expert, managing production, and managing people and relationships:



  •          Provides leadership and operational direction to a group of hourly associates (shift oversite)
  •          Ensures associate safety and promotes a safety culture
  •          Ensures product quality and executies Shearer’s quality and food safety programs
  •          Evaluates and improves work processes


Being the expert

  •          Thorough knowledge, understanding and implementation of both processing lines and packaging area
  •          Troubleshoots and resolve equipment (machines) and work environment issues


Manage production

  •          Receives direction and orders from management or customers
  •          Utilizes the production schedule to develop the most efficient configuration of equipment, labor, and materials usage in order to attain daily / weekly production objectives
  •          Manages production levels to meet company metrics – Drive operational excellence and deliver the plan by recognizing overall performance objligations and establishing performance to satisfy scorecard measurable


Manage people and relationships

  •          Lead Change – has a track record of organizing people and leading through a change initiative
  •          Demonstrates good communication skills and team development by leading effective associate relations programs
  •          Provides feedback, coaching and training to those they supervise, to include goal setting and career development (PDP)
  •          Provides timely management reporting
  •          Builds rapport and relationships across cross-functional teams


Role Contribution Level

This position is a Supervisor role. The position requires the incumbent to promote safe and efficient operations and establish a positive work environment with people working together. The incumbent must effectively shift from primarily completing tasks to primarily accomplishing tasks through others. He/she must value managerial work; demonstrates ability to provide effective feedback, coaching and motivation; including difficult messages.


Talent Recruitment Story (Why does a person want to work here?):

  •          Be part of a values based culture where people and communities are considered important stakeholders and respect, teamwork, and giving back are key cultural guideposts.
  •          Ability to make an immediate and lasting difference.
  •          Work and standout in a flat, non bureaucratic environment that values action orientation and speed of decision making.
  •          Supported by a leading private equity investor that supports growth through significan capital investment.
  •          Excellent benefits  and on site medical clinics with free prescription drugs.
  •          Culture that promotes wellness with programs and incentives.