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Production Supervisor

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Where You'll Work

Our Elk Grove Village, IL location is part of our Sweets and Cereal division and creates some of your favorite sprinkles, toppings, and fillings used for ice cream and other bakery goods! This site is a short commute within the greater Chicago area.

What You'll Do



We have a Production Supervisor position in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Kerry has over 45 sites across North America. Our Elk Grove facility  is part of the Sweet and Cereal division business and has 160 employees. This site is a growing operation and investing capital in improvement projects. We are looking for someone comfortable working on first, second or third shift, and flexible to work some weekends/holidays. Some of the responsibilities include:


  • Supervises and coordinates 20-35 direct reports at one time to meet business demands.
  • Interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, developing, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Responsible for leading production staff to achieve production targets in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Coordinates production activities with procurement, maintenance, warehouse, and quality departments to achieve and sustain results.
  • Leads team members by managing and executing plant processes.
  • Supports continuous improvement processes to ensure safety, quality, cost, and customer service goals are met.
  • Analyzes work orders to estimate employee hours and create equipment operating schedules that meet both internal and external needs.
  • Computes amounts of stock and supplies required for operations, based on production schedules, and requisitions materials from storage area.
  • Interprets specifications, and job orders for employees, and assigns duties as necessary.
  • Inspects and measures product specifications to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Directs employees in adjusting machines and equipment to address products which fail to meet standards.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product.
  • Suggests continuous improvement changes to drive KPIs.
  • Analyzes and resolves work problems, or assists employees in solving work problems.
  • Maintains time cards and production records.
  • Develops capital equipment justifications for equipment, tools and process technology to improve quality, cost, and cycle times.
  • Estimates, requisitions, and inspects materials.
  • All other duties as assigned.


What You'll Need


  • College diploma, or University degree in an applicable field of study preferred, plus 3-5 years of experience in a production environment (food manufacturing preferred). Strong analytical mindset with attention to detail, good communication, organization, prioritization and time management skills.
  • Experiencing managing sanitation activities preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in developing/implementing continuous improvement initiatives and accountability programs. Lean manufacturing/Six Sigma experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated success assessing, developing and retaining top talent.
  • Proven ability to drive process improvements, adhere to budgets, and maintain regulatory compliance.
  • Proven ability to lead with the following key competencies: Critical Thinking, Continuous Cost Focus, Technical Expertise, Influence and Delivery of Sustainable Results.
  • Must be able to troubleshoot problem(s) to develop corrective solutions.
  • Strong familarity with Microsoft office (Excel, Word, PPT)

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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