production manager

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Production Supervisor - 3rd Shift
Job Description:
With more than 2,000 employees and growing, Sargento leads in innovation. We created the world's first, successful pre-packaged sliced and shredded natural cheeses, changing what families bring to the table. Founded in 1953, we are family-owned. And like your family, we take pride in our past and invest in our future.
At Sargento, we "hire good people and treat them like family." Balance in Life, Recognition, Humor and Fun and Excellence are part of who we are and how we work. In addition to manufacturing and marketing amazing natural cheese products, we give generously to our communities because Sargento believes in family.
Supervises and coordinates activities of production employees in assigned areas. Ensures employees are completing their work assignments in compliance with food safety and personnel safety guidelines.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following daily duties. Other duties may be assigned.
Food Safety/Quality
Monitor employee practices to ensure they comply with regulatory and company quality policies.
Monitor products to verify conformance to specifications.
Monitor equipment, building and contractors to ensure compliance with company quality policies.
Investigate and answer Corrective Action Requests.
Employee Safety
Monitor employee practices to ensure they comply with regulatory and company safety policies.
Monitor equipment and plant conditions to ensure they comply with regulatory and company safety policies.
Investigate and recommend improvements related to near miss, property damage or employee injury incidents.
Support the plant safety program by actively participating in improvement programs.
Foster and support the Sargento Culture.
Monitor employee interactions to ensure they comply with our corporate culture.
Create an open two-way dialogue with all employees.
Encourage and promote career advancement opportunities with employees.
Initiate or suggest plans to motivate workers to achieve work goals.
Issue and document discipline in accordance with the Sargento policy.
Document individual employee conversations used in the coaching process.
Complete, at a minimum, annual employee evaluations.
Complete new employee evaluations.
Provide appropriate depth of hourly backups for key positions in your area.
Ensure employee training is current and concepts have been retained by the employee.
Create and deliver monthly department meetings.
Understand production schedule and recommend areas for improvement. Is able to create and adjust work orders as needed.
Has, at a minimum, a basic understanding of the equipment or processes in area of control.
Has, at a minimum, a basic understanding of the formulas or raw materials used in area of control.
Interpret work orders and can assign employees duties to support the work.
Establish or adjust work procedures to meet production schedules.
Recommend improvements to production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product.
Suggest changes in working conditions and use of equipment to increase efficiency of department, or work crew.
Analyze and resolve work problems, or assist workers in solving work problems.
Communicate with peer supervisors and cross-functionally to coordinate activities in the best interest of Sargento.
Direct the setup and adjustment of equipment.
Use technical tools/systems required to support manufacturing (SAP, scanning guns, Maintenance Excellence etc.)
Review and update training programs.
Monitor supply usage and inventory.
Trouble-shoot material issues.
Interprets and enforces company disciplinary process in a consistent and fair manner.
Lead or support plant-wide safety program.
Lead or support plant-wide training program.
Direct and monitor sanitation employees and the sanitation process.
Lead or participate in project teams.
Lead or participate in cost reduction teams/projects.
Participate in customer audits or customer tours.
Supervise support positions such as Personnel Scheduler.
Prepare product cost estimates and investigate variances.
Savanna and SAP expert support as needed.
Additional duties as assigned by Production Manager.
Has the ability to work a flexible schedule including weekend work.
Has the ability to accept a temporary reassignment to a different shift.
May supervise up to 15 Process Technicians and up to 50 Employees. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of area's assigned. Also, can directly supervise up to 2 non-exempt employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing concerns and resolving problems.
Equal Opportunity Employer


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school required. Bachelor's degree in operations, business, quality or related field preferred. Minimum of 1 year experience in operations, production supervision, sanitation, quality, maintenance or related experience preferred.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Strong communications and analytical skills and a management style that encourages team involvement, improved morale and continuous improvement required.
Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision, effectively work in a fast paced environment, have strong decision making skills and use good judgment.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Computer proficiency required (MS Office Suite experience preferred), Corporate Documentum and SAP experience preferred
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Employee will be exposed and must be able to work in an environment where peanut, tree nut, soy, dairy, and other food allergens are present in significant amounts in both airborne and/or on surfaces.

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