Senior Cheese Supervisor

Provides guidance and direction to the Cheese Department employees through multiple Supervisors. Make informed decisions pertaining to product quality, department safety, and department efficiency across multiple teams that support one specialty in a product line. Monitor all aspects of the assigned specialty product within the Cheese Department including product testing, equipment operations, and employee actions. Take accurate product inventories and schedule employees to meet production needs. Builds an effective employee team by engaging, mentoring, and developing direct reports.
Essential Functions/Key Responsibilities % of Time??? Plans and schedules daily staffing needs to maximize labor efficiency and ensure production needs are met, utilizing multiple teams.??? Leads and coaches Cheese Department Supervisors and line employees by implementing programs in technical training, safety, quality, communications, performance recognition and internal employee development in order to ensure peak employee engagement and productivity. ??? Builds and fosters strong working relationships, collaborative teams and a positive work environment.??? Reinforces company and plant policies fairly and consistently.??? Ensures team employees have completed all required training.??? Responds to employee questions and concerns.??? May lead departmental projects. ??? Supervises the daily cheese shift operations through multiple Supervisors, to ensure production standards and quality parameters are met.??? Achieves targeted production volumes.??? Determines equipment repair needs and initiates maintenance work orders to minimize production downtime. ??? Monitors department operations and makes recommendations for labor and manufacturing efficiency, cost savings, and quality improvements.??? Monitors the specialty product line's financial performance to assure that a quality product is provided at the least possible cost. ??? May assist in preparing and monitoring the department budget. ??? Implements plant safety programs to ensure compliance and a safe working environment. ??? Ensures work is accomplished in a safe manner and the workplace is free of safety hazards. ??? Provides employees with the training, equipment, and tools to be able to safely perform their jobs.??? Leads and demonstrates safe practices.??? Participates in safety investigations and corrective actions. ??? Leads and executes the department's quality systems to achieve quality goals.??? Oversees the execution of sanitation program within the specialty product line, to ensure food safety standards are met.
Minimum Qualifications & Experience
High School or GED or equivalent experience
At least 7 years of related experience, manufacturing operations preferred
Additional education may substitute for experience, as applicable
At least 2 year of supervisory experience
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities/Competencies
Technical knowledge of cheese making process and equipment
Mechanical aptitude
Working knowledge of food safety and sanitation practices
Effective communication skills
Effective people management skills
Preferred experience with leading and/or supporting Continuous Improvement initiatives.
Knowledge and experience working within CI methodologies in the following areas: Kaizen, Standard Work, 5S Program, Process Mapping, Cause Mapping, and Project Management.
Working Relationships: The Senior Cheese Supervisor reports to the Cheese Department. Supervisors report to the Senior Cheese Supervisor. This position will regularly interact with other production and support group supervisors. Frequently interacts with other plant management.

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