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Production Supervisor - 2nd Shift

Company: Hoffmaster Group, Inc.
Location: Fort Wayne
Posted on: October 12, 2021

Job Description:

Hoffmaster Group Inc, an industry leader producing the most complete line of specialty disposable tabletop products for over 70 years, is currently seeking a 2nd Shift Production Supervisor for our growing Aardvark Straws manufacturing facility in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Hoffmaster competes in three distinct business segments – Foodservice, Consumer, and E-Commerce. Our products can be found in thousands of retailers, restaurants, hotels, and more. As a customer centric company, we strive to deliver innovative solutions to both our customers and the ultimate end users of our products. This Innovation is a key part of what we do here at Hoffmaster, and we continue to drive the industry forward by investing in our employees and state-of-the-art technology.

Our goal is to have an efficient, effective production system that meets our customer needs by eliminating waste everyday. 

The chief responsibility of this position is to drive operational excellence by owning and continually improving the manufacturing environment in terms of overall safety, quality, production performance, demonstrating and expecting organizational values while working with employees, managing costs effectively, and developing their employees to meet customer demand.

The Production Supervisor takes the leadership role in identifying,  assigning, directing, scheduling, making decisions, solving problems and providing leadership services to employees which include recognition and discipline of employees.  They participates and lead process improvement/problem solving (PDCA) projects to improve the effectiveness of the manufacturing process insuring customer satisfaction and maximum profitability of the operation is attained.  This person plays a key role with the insuring customer requirements are met.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Plays a key role in achieving Food Safety objectives and support the development, implementation, maintenance and ongoing improvement of the SQF system
  • Model company values and Lean principles through personal actions/behaviors.  
  • Manage daily operations in alignment with basic plant management requirements.
  • Develop team leaders to master processes within the group and coach other team members. 
  • Direct accountability to safety performance of the operations - make best use of standard work and best practices to avoid any injury to any employee.
  • Understand new or different methods/tools/equipment of manufacturing to reduce labor or material costs - or to decrease ergonomic risk or other safety hazards to employees.
  • Makes sure Leads, techs and equipment are working safely and using the proper permits, lockout, tagout, procedures etc. List safety tasks on the work order if needed. 
  • Ensure standardized work is being followed. 
  • Uses Project Management Skills and analytical approaches to get at root causes for issues and determine the most effective actions to correct problems.
  • Develop LSW (Leader Standard Work) and insures it is completed.
  • Take action to implement improvements quickly. PDCA- Plan, Do, Check, Act              
  • Interacts and communicates proactively with Marketing, Procurement, Planning, HR, Finance, Marketing and Sales personnel.  
  • Lead and participate at safety, operational, and cross functional meetings with all departments as required.  
  • Develop key performance metrics and plans to improve performance within the scope of the role.
  • Troubleshoot and lead problem solving to prevent problems from reoccurring.
  • Use of analysis and data as a predictive technique to identify unwanted performance trends, the ability to empower others to put action plans in place to solve.   
  • Understand Production Rate, Waste, and Labor Standards and how they are applicable to the company's business processes - Time Study Capability.                      
  • Understand manufacturing capabilities, product features and asset throughputs. 
  • Work with Planning, Cost Accounting, and Value Stream Managers to assure performance objectives are met and or exceeded.  
  • Monitor key metrics and act on root causes of unplanned or unwanted shifts in performance.  
  • Completes time studies as needed.
  • Insures staff development and training plans.
  • Address service disruptions, physical disruption, people disruptions, and process disruptions and implement corrective process actions. 
  • Drives PIP Savings
  • Follow and Maintain all Food Safety, GMP and HACCP Guidelines


  • Safety Practices
  • Experienced change manager
  • Mechanical/Technical
  • Communication Skills - Presentation/Verbal/Written                        
  • Strong Organizational Skills
  • Project Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Analytic Abilities
  • Team Management
  • Ability to see waste in the manufacturing process and then prioritizes , develop objectives , and then directs subordinates to focus on the right activities within the business to optimize performance         
  • Ability to determine the key things the business needs to accomplish, organize work to measure current performance and improvement progress, and rally people within all functions to drive toward team-based results 
  • Networks well both internally and externally, possessing organizational sensitivity and a natural tendency to communicate proactively
  • Is able to "sell" concepts using data that is clearly organized to support positions taken
  • Acts on work needed with little prompting, and does not accept current methods or practices unless that are proven to be effectively supporting the business
  • Understands who the key internal and external customers are and works with a mindset to clearly define and understand customer requirements


  • Educated to university degree level or equivalent professional qualifications
  • Professional certification by our recognized accreditation agency   desirable                                                           
  • 5 Year Professional Work Experience desirable


  • Occasionally working hours/shifts to support a 24/7 operations may be required which would include weekend and off-shift coverage. May be required 12 hour shifts

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Regularly access other work centers (some walking, and bending, occasional stooping, lifting of light materials).
  • Frequent mental and visual concentration required for computer usage and general office tasks.
  • Safety hazards are minimal.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement:  To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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