Manufacturing Shift Supervisor

    • Shelton, CT


This position effectively and in a suitable manner supervises, coordinates and oversees day-to-day activities, through self or subordinate personnel, the activities within their shift by utilizing knowledge of production, process and methods, equipment capabilities and human resources.

Essential Function/Duties and Responsibilities


  • Utilize leadership skills to initiate or suggest plans to motivate workers to achieve work goals.
  • Provides leadership that fosters teamwork while coordinating activities of daily operations, production efficiency, and performance of their shift.
Measurements of Success:
  • Through proper utilization of the available resources insure that the goals established for "measurements of success" meet or exceed expectation. Listed are examples of the measurements for success that are used.

  • Quality returns and Standards
  • Downtime rate
  • Scrap rate
  • Machine utilizations
  • Machine efficiency
  • Accidents rate
  • Attendance rate
  • Turnover rate
  • Budget conformance
Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises Production Lead, Operator, Utility, Grinder, Warehouse Operator and Packers on individual shift. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Responsible for ensuring Product Safety and Quality per standards of the SQF (Safe Quality Food) 2000 Code.

Accurately, timely and in accordance with Company procedures prepare, inputs and processes various reports, paperwork or other administrative duties assigned. The following are examples of the types one might be responsible for:
  • Personnel type records such as attendance, payroll, vacations, corrective action and performance appraisals.
  • Prepare daily shift report.
  • Thoroughly investigated and prepare first report on injury, incidents report.
  • Prepare or provide information used in the "measurements of success".
  • Compliance with appropriate governmental regulatory requirements
Planning and Organizing:

Plans and organizes work effectively. Identifies available resources required to complete projects. Sets appropriate deadlines and checkpoints and meet them. Develops both short- and long-term plans.
  • Coordinates shift activities by organizing, planning and prioritizing to ensure that production and quality of the products meet customer specifications.

  • Organizes and coordinates activities of production workers.
  • Establish priorities and sequence for manufacturing product.
  • Makes good judgments about time allocation and resources required.

Presents ideas effectively in formal and informal situations. Conveys thoughts clearly and concisely. Listens well and asks appropriate questions. Communicates well in writing. Reviews letters, memos and reports to assure accuracy. Keeps supervisor and co-workers informed.
  • Communication of new information polices or procedures, changes or reinforcing previous communication to insure that all levels are properly aware of what needs to be done.
  • Reviews production schedule in order to plan shift operations and communicates them with the appropriate personnel.
  • Accurately communicate shift change information day-to-day Activities
  1. Education and/or Experience - The ideal candidate will have a 4 year Bachelor's degree with a minimum of five years management experience. Must be able to supervise, work independently and keep abreast of all mechanical needs on the production floor.
  2. Language - Ability to read and write English in order to interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and technical manuals. Will write routine reports and correspondence. Must be able to speak effectively and talk with employees.
  3. Math - Be proficient in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and to calculate decimals and fractions. Understand and work with metric system and basic measurement instruments. Statistical knowledge and background in Statistical Process Control (SPC) a plus.
  4. Reasoning - Ability to apply understanding to carry out detailed instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving a variety of situations.
  5. Computer Skills - Advanced to intermediate level computer skills with respect to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, e-mail and the internet. Will be required to become proficient with shop floor computer systems such as The Manufacturing Manager (TMM) and Machine Data Transducer (MDT).

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