Shift Supervisor Job


Birdsboro, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  Jun 1, 2024

Our polymer manufacturing plant in Birdsboro, PA is looking for a Shift Supervisor (12-hour).  The position reports to the Operations manager and works closely with the Production Specialist. Arkema in Birdsboro has around 65 employees but we are part of larger organization with over 21,000 employees worldwide. We call this the "small company feel with large company resources." Arkema is a global leader in Specialty Materials serving major societal and ecological challenges. Arkema affiliates operating in the U.S. include Arkema Inc.; Bostik, Inc.; ArrMaz and Coatex Inc with 43 sites, including 37 manufacturing facilities, and employ 3,600 people in the U.S. 


This position is responsible for the 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.



  • Understands shift priorities and allocates resources as needed to achieve plant goals
  • Must 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. 
  • Hold shift employees accountable for housekeeping and safety of their respective areas
  • Reinforce expecations 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 cross-departmentally to resolve problems 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.
  • Provide training as required (ie, LOTO)
  • Mentoring and coaching of shift employees in order to meet plant goals
  • Utilize disciplinary action as required, to encorce 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
  • Demonstrate safety leadership. This includes utilization of required PPE and full knowledge and administration of high-risk procedures. 
  • Perform accident/incident inversitgations and complete related computer entries
  • Maintain accurate timekeeping for production employee payroll
  • Assist in monthly accounting close as needed
  • Assume emergency coordinator in all instances of plant emergency. 
  • Actively Support the Behavior Based Safety Training (BEST)
  • Support site HES policy and comply with all regulartory and internal requirements. 
  • Support and promote the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents. 



  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Prior supervisory or leadership experience
  • HS Diploma or GED
  • CPR/First Aid Certification


Additional Items

  • SAP knowledge preferred
  • Proficient knowledge and use of computer systems and software
  • Strong commitment to safety
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Strong Problem solving and decision making skills
  • Must be able to work a rotating 12 hour shift schedule (days, nights, weekends, holidays)

Who we are? Arkema is a world leader in Innovative Materials for a Sustainable World with the ambition to become a pure Specialty Materials player.

We thrive as One Arkema, comprised of many businesses and brands including Bostik, ArrMaz, and more! and operating with a global reach in 55 countries with more than 21,100 employees. Each one contributes to positioning Arkema as a recognized leader of specialty chemicals and advanced materials, reporting annual sales of €9.5 billion, of which 2.9% allocated to R&D for 1,800 researchers in 17 R&D centers.

If you pursue excellence, love innovation and are inspired by challenges, we encourage you through to learn more about our values – Solidarity, Performance, Simplicity, Empowerment, and Inclusion – and how we concentrate on advances in bio-based and recyclable materials, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Changing the world requires the right formula. The right formula consists of our innovative and sustainable materials, and you. Join us to develop the materials of tomorrow and make a difference together. What are you made of?

The legal information below pertains specifically to positions posted in the United States, however we strive for diversity, equity and inclusion in all the countries that we hire.
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 and hiring.

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