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Production Supervisor

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Date: 13-Oct-2021

Location: Rochester, US

Company: Kerry

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.

About the role

With over 45 plant across North America, the Rochester, MN plant is a part of Applied Health & Nutrition division. You'll have the opportunity to work in a fast paced and fun environment. We feel good about our products that make our food taste better. Our employees care - about their community, their team and the results we create every day. If you’re looking for a manufacturing facility where you can build a career and have fun while you do it, we might be the team for you!

What you'll do

Demonstrates leadership in the area of safety.  This requires observing and enforcing safety rules and practices, encouraging safe work behaviors, and promptly correcting conditions and unsafe behavior, which may lead to accidents. 

Continually endorse the Quality & Food Safety Policies, assure conformance to all requirements of the Quality & Food Safety Management Systems, & take action to properly report failures of these systems to site management. 


Executes the production schedule for processing products to meet established product quality specifications and packaging requirements while ensuring compliance to safety, environmental and regulatory policies. Coordinates and supervises the activities of the operators and team leaders to maximize fermentation, centrifugation, blending, evaporation, filter press and liquid cultures packaging efficiencies with minimal equipment downtime.  


Trains new and existing team members on equipment operations, maintains and updates operating procedures and working instructions.  Must follow established procedures and run set points in order to achieve QC approved products. 


Assists the Production Manager in implementing and conceiving new initiatives with the purpose of improving plant performance driven by, but not limited to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as BOP, product cost/lb, throughput, downtime (% on-line), % shippable, % OTIF (On Time In Full), inventory levels and safety indicators (see below). 



Essential Functions: 

  1. Leads and coordinates employee element of assigned work group to maximize efficiency.  This includes activities such as hiring & termination of staff, corrective actions, annual review process, training, coaching, counseling, conflict resolution, and other disciplining of staff.  

  1. Becomes expert in department(s) overseeing-- Fermentation, Cultures harvesting & packaging, Dry blend & packaging, Liquid Receiving & filtration & evaporation, Wet Blend operations, Spray drying, and any other process streams by understanding & coordinating the equipment operation, procedures, SQF, HACCP, GMP, Safety, sanitation, preventative maintenance programs and personnel capabilities.   

  1. Utilizes SAP, Lotus Notes, Mapics and other software to perform transaction functions for materials flow. Trains new and existing team members on the operation of all PCs, software, relevant PLC interfaces and instrumentation, the importance of following JAMs and working instructions and provides documentation of training. 

  1. Empowers employees to effectively perform their tasks independently at the expected level by ensuring that the necessary knowledge, training and tools have been provided while developing training tools where needed. 

  1. Will help the site implement new equipment, develop SOP’s and complete product qualification steps on new equipment. 

  1. Assures that JAMs, working instructions and process descriptions are up to date, accurate and accessible to all team members through the QSet manual. Assures all procedures and instructions are adhered to in the production process. 

  1. Validates critical control point (CCP) instrumentation in the fermentation and cultures production process to ensure adherence to established quality assurance, GMP and regulatory procedures. 

What you'll need

Ability to understand functioning process equipment.  Good communication, leadership, planning and organizational skills are required.  Influential track record in training. Must have good computer/IT skills; Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint experience required. 

Nearest Major Market: Rochester MN