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Production Supervisor Job


Middleton, MA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Manufacturing Management
Posting Date:  Jun 19, 2022

A career with Bostik offers a collaborative work environment and supportive development to reach your career goals, with benefits starting day one as part of our competitive total rewards strategy.  Bostik, an Arkema company, is a leading global adhesive specialist in construction, consumer and industrial markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €2 billion, the company employees 6,000 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries.  The diversity of our employees is an asset we value and commit to from recruitment through career management.  Bostik is an EEO/AA/Drug Free Workplace.  The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this role. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Production Supervisor

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

Reports  to Production Manager

Operators and leads report to the Production Supervisor

1 of 2 Supervisors onsite

Job dimensions
  • Direct supervision of production personnel (20+ employees) 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.


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