Production Supervisor - 1st Shift Job


Middleton, MA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  May 20, 2024

Production Supervisor

Situation in organisation (enclose a copy of your organisation chart)

Reports  to Production Manager

Operators and leads report to the Production Supervisor

Job dimensions
  • Direct supervision of production personnel including job assignments, training, discipline, attendance.
  • Actively promotes plant safety and PSM improvements
  •  Leads 5S/Housekeeping initiatives in their area and accountable for direct personnel doing the same
  • Championing Continuous Improvement through shop floor use of problem solving tools and Kaizen participation.
  • Engaged with engineering and maintenance to drive increases in productivity and capacity
  • Effectively communicating issues and initiatives to both Leadership and direct reports
  • Analyze process trends, OEE, yield, and quality to determine gaps and opportunities
  • Manage purchasing and OT to meet budget.
  • Leads on-floor implementation of site initiatives such as behaviour-based safety, continuous improvement, and 5S
  • Works with Planner/Scheduler to produce production plan that meets customer requirements and allocates plant resources to meet the production plan
  • Practice and enforce safe work habits in accordance with OSHA and EPA guidelines, and Bostik specific EHS expectations.
  • Ensure all materials for production are available to the production line.
  • Adjust distribution of workforce as needed to meet production demand, or fill in for absence.
  • Make regular rounds of production floor to identify and correct issues and potential safety, quality and production issues proactively.
  • Communicate to maintenance mechanical issues through the work order system, or other plant specific method, and work with maintenance supervisor to schedule repairs.
  • Lead manufacturing team in daily continuous improvement of safety, quality and productivity.
  • Ensure production floor KPI’s are tracked daily and corrective actions are identified and implemented.
  • Use team-oriented problem solving to identify and eliminate root causes of safety, quality and production concerns using A3, B3 and 5-WHY problem solving tools.
  • Coach, train, develop, evaluate and recommend wage adjustments for production team members
  • Actively participate in the hiring process of plant personnel.
  • Maintain full compliance and support for overall company policies, procedures and practices.
  • Complete and ensure production team adheres to site-wide 5S Program.
  • Audit production documents (MO, Batch Card) to ensure documents are complete and accurate.
  • Driving continuous improvement projects with engineering and management
  • Instilling a culture of accountability through actions and leading by example
  • Promoting Plant Leadership objectives and executing vision on the ground floor with hourly employees
Context and environment
  • The job is 80% on the shop floor working directly with production employees, 20% administrative duties


  • Production team adherence to Bostik safety policy and procedures
  • Ensure production team follows process work instructions to ensure quality of production
  • Completion of the production plan daily

Qualifications / experience required

  • 3+  years experience in a manufacturing environment in supervision or leadership role
  • Associates degree in Business, Industrial Operations Management, Engineering, related technical discipline or significant progress towards degree with estimated completion date.  Candidates with significant work experience which is equivalent to these degree requirements may also be considered.
  • Knowledgeable of PSM and Behaviour-based safety
  • Knowledge of all aspects of manufacturing (production, logistics, maintenance)
  • Working knowledge of ISO standards 
  • Material planning experience
  • QMS or related education in Lean, 6 Sigma and Theory of Constraints preferred
  • Continuous Improvement and 5S experience preferred.
  • OSHA training preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Advanced skill level in Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Proven record in resolving conflict.

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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