• Supervisor, Plastics Operations

    Job Locations US-WI-MIDDLETON
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  • Description

    Change the Business:

    • Work cross-functionally with other areas (i.e. purchasing, marketing, engineering, maintenance and PI&C) on process improvement, such as material qualifications, trials, vendor selections and equipment enhancements/purchases
    • Implement cost savings and methods improvements whenever possible through analysis, engineering principles and research and development (R&D) testing on the extruders, injection molding machines, punch press, and other equipment. This is coordinated through the department, tool room and/or equipment and material vendors
    • Encourage employee participation in problem resolutions through personal input (Quality @ The Source)
    • Work with external suppliers to improve supply chain and control costs. Communicate quality expectations/concerns to vendors, strive to reduce waste
    • Coordinate trials and R&D testing as it relates to plastics processing
    • Develop and maintain process control testing for "optimal" equipment operation

    Run the Business:

    • Responsible for supervising sixty to one hundred associates with varying skill sets. These include operators, technical troubleshooters, departmental extrusion technicians and team leaders
    • Leads areas of responsibility in a manner consistent with our Best Experience culture and Guiding Principles
    • Facilitate, manage and lead inter-departmental teams
    • Aligns and directs resources to ensure Key Results are achieved and that all associates understand how they contribute to the achievement of those results
    • Establishes goals and objectives for areas of responsibility and provides leadership, coaching and accountability tools to ensure expectations are met and that associates continue to be challenged and developed
    • Responsible for quality and quantity of production through departments                                                                                                                                                                                          
    • Provides input to establish, maintain and meet departmental operating budgets
    • Responsible for staffing, coaching and counseling and performance management
    • Accountable for maintaining a safe work environment and ensuring safety activities, policies and regulations are implemented appropriately
    • Responsible for accurate reporting of labor and payroll data with adherence to established schedules and procedures. Requires the coordination and calculations for the facility’s Actual/Earned hour report for all departments
    • Responsible for lost in process (LIP) control within established ratios. Accountable for facilitating efforts aimed at continually improving production yields, reducing scrap and work in process (WIP) inventory
    • Operate department(s) to maintain or exceed established Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Voice of the Associate (VOA), safety, efficiency, productivity, quality and budget
    • Be responsive to production work order completion to targeted ship dates with specific goals to required service levels
    • Administer company rules and policies in an equitable, timely and consistent manner


    • Integrates quality at the source (Q@S) thinking and activities in daily, individual, team and project work. (Applies to all job duties 100%)
    • Utilizes quality/process tools and methodology in daily individual work
    • Utilizes quality/process tools and methodology on teams
    • Defines and documents individual processes within sphere of control
    • Ensures that others are trained as back-ups on (processes) within the area/department
    • Improves processes within sphere of control
    • Identifies waste and rework and enacts plan to improve/solve
    • Checks satisfaction of internal customers through use of quality tools and Customer/Supplier metrics


    This position is fully responsible for the safe, efficient, and timely operation of a department involving technical processing related to PVC Extrusion, Injection Molding, Assembly, & Punch Press and its associated areas.


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