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Production Supervisor Job


Birdsboro, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  Jun 2, 2022

Our polymer manufacturing plant in Birdsboro, PA is looking for a Production Supervisor to oversee daily production operations. Arkema is a world-class producer of specialty materials including acrylic monomers, adhesives, emulsion systems, fluorochemicals, fluoropolymers, functional additives, hydrogen peroxide, specialty polyamides and thiochemicals. 


The Production Supervisor is responsible for the daily oversight of all shift operations and employees. Directs daily plant activities as assigned by the Operations Manager in order to achieve plant goals in health, safety, environmental, quality, productivity, and cost effectiveness. Coordinates all daily operations efforts and associated activities to ensure an injury free site. This position reports directly to the Operations Manager and works closely with the Production Specialist.  An hourly production shift will report their daily activities to this position (approximately seven employees). The work schedule is a rotating 12hr shift, 4 days on and 4 days off. 


Key Activities: 




  • Understands shift priorities and allocates resources as needed to achieve plant goals.
  • Required to stay current on all process areas, changes, installations, and track issues or work order status to ensure resolution.
  • Responsible for shift reporting including the shift turnover log, providing explanation for production variances, and manage all daily reports as required. Evaluate and document non-routine task evaluations as needed.
  • Hold shift employees accountable for housekeeping and safety of their respective areas.
  • Reinforce expectations for process discipline through use of all required tools (daily operating instructions, process data sheets, LIMS, OSI/PI, etc.).
  • Front-line assistance in troubleshooting of production problems.  Work with support personnel to resolve as needed.
  • Prepare production blend sheets for finishing department.  Manage material usage variances (MUV) and blocked stock.
  • Prepares for and facilitates all-hands shift communication. Conduct safety meetings as needed,
  • Ability to perform QC testing as needed for moisture, yellowness index and visual impurities.
  • Provide training as required (for example, LOTO)




  • Mentoring and coaching of shift employees in order to meet plant goals.
  • Utilize disciplinary action as required to enforce policies and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with other members of the management team, peers and subordinates.
  • Sustain SMART culture daily: drive participation in meetings, identify needs within team, coach employees to enhance ownership and problem solving.
  • Shape behavior of the workforce by enforcing standards of safety, quality and standard operating procedures.  Reinforce all employees’ efforts in the preparation of standard documents.
  • Demonstrate safety leadership- ensure shift employees follow all safety procedures.  This includes utilization of required personal protective equipment (PPE), and full knowledge and administration of high risk procedures.


Support Activities


  • Perform accident/incident investigations and complete related computer entries.  Lead teams in performing complex investigations as required.
  • Responsible for timely and accurate timekeeping for production employee payroll.
  • Assist in monthly accounting close by review and closure of production paperwork as needed.
  • Assume emergency coordinator in all instances of a plant emergency.  Direct combined assets of emergency team toward evaluation of incident and recovery from emergency conditions.  First Aid/CPR certification required.
  • Actively support the Behavioral Based Safety Training (BEST)


Required Education/Qualifications: 


  • HS Diploma or GED required
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Prior supervisory or leadership experience required
  • Proficient knowledge and use of computer systems and software
  • SAP knowledge preferred


Demonstrated Competencies: 


  • Strong commitment to safety
  • Leadership
  • Creates a team oriented and collaborative environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Results oriented

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.


Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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