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Production Supervisor

About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.

About the role

The Production Supervisor position will be accountable for leading direct reports to achieve shift production targets while maintaining a safe and efficient operation and producing products to established quality standards. 

Key responsibilities

•    Coordinating production activities with warehouse, maintenance, and quality control departments to achieve sustained efficiencies. 
•    Implementation and compliance of new and existing policies and procedures. 
•    Personnel scheduling, conducting regular visual line checks to ensure proper production, dating, labeling, and packaging of product, reviewing production paperwork, collecting and tracking production data, and reporting information and variances to management. 
•    Directly communicate with local regulatory, safety and health authorities in the event of a plant emergency. Responsible to make decisions to send employees for treatment in a medical emergency. 
•    Identify operational needs; define approach, develop plan and implement plan; take action to address exceptional (non-routine) matters. 
•    Meet production plan; negotiate or justify any changes to plan. 
•    Identify and manage the resources (people, materials, equipment and capital) needed for efficient production. 
•    Monitor and assess shift, crew and crew member performance. 
•    Manage relationships with internal support groups and with external resources. 
•    Identify and eliminate safety hazards; monitor crew member’s safety practices and adherence to policies. Leads will help with this process. 
•    Delegate to Production Leads responsibility and resources needed to meet production goals (empower crew members); if necessary, assign jobs to crew members. 
•    Evaluate crew members performance and progress, and communicate that performance and progress to the leads and appropriate crew members. 
•    Coach and mentor Leads and help them empower crew members. 
•    Manage the development of Production Leads and crew members’ technical, problem-solving, documentation, self-management and safety skills by deploying available resources (programs and people). 
•    Advise Production Lead of technical problems. 
•    Lead technical problem solving efforts. 
•    Lead process improvement efforts. 
•    Support Leads with documenting crew member’s ability, performance, work behaviors and progress. 
•    Review, evaluate and document shift performance and issues. 
•    Enter payroll exceptions into computer for crew members. 

Qualifications and skills

  • Bachelors degree from a 4 year college or university or equivalent supervisory applicable work experience 
  • Food manufacturing experience preferred. 
  • Working knowledge of SAP is preferred.
  • Understanding processes and mechanics of production line equipment. 
  • Ability to manage, train and develop employees. 
  • Ability to multi-task and delegate functions. 
  • Display creative thinking and deductive reasoning skills. Possess proven written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Possess computer skills including Windows, Word and Excel. 
  • Familiarity with GMP, quality, and hygiene standards for food manufacturing. 
  • Physical ability to work in production environment with frequent bending, standing, stooping, walking, reaching, climbing, and lifting required.

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here . 

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