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Production Line Leader - Bridgeton

  • Posted: 28 Sep 2021
  • Manufacturing
  • Bridgeton
  • United States

About the job



The Production Leader is directly responsible for the results of a line, value stream team, or technology group.  Owns Production, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety and Morale (PQCDSM) results for their area. The Production Leader is responsible for evaluating all losses and developing plans to systematically eliminate those losses.  The Production leader directly coaches team leaders on every shift and oversees 15 to 30 employees in packaging and/or processing operations and makes sure all products coming off the line have the highest quality possible. Accountable for supporting 3 shifts across 7 days of production.  Displays servant leadership abilities that help empower line employees to performance levels that contribute to the achievement of corporate, plant, and individual goals.  In support of plant production, the Production Leader will spend 60-80% of their time on the plant floor.  This position may be fixed on day shift or support off shifts; independent of shift scheduled, this position is responsible to coach and develop leads / teams on every shift within their area/lines.


Additionally, you will:


  • Ensure the Safety of our People and our products
  • Owns and leads Autonomous Maintenance work processes and step execution.  Must develop personal mastery of AM through execution of Learn-Do-Teach.  Checks standards adherence to 5S and Clean, Inspect, Lube execution daily. 
  • Creates equipment ownership concept in their area and coaches/develops Equipment Owners on the floor to enable them to achieve individual goals. 
  • Owns the budget and delivers year over year improvement for their lines
  • Support supply chain loss analysis/elimination. Solve process instability problems. Coach necessity and use of Problem-Solving tools
  • Drive cultural change by leading the organization engagement surveys results
  • Identify Skill gaps in organization - address using task-based training approach
  • Execute or coach use of start-up management tools for new initiatives.
  • Coach use of Standard Work to eliminate NVA work, coach link to effort reductio
  • Creates, develops, and executes strategic plans to hit plant goals and objectives set by business unit manager. Develop and execute loss analysis, glide path and 90 day improvement plans for the line(s).  Prioritizes top losses for the year and creates action plan to deliver.  Creates visual Plan-Do-Check-Act Board for their area to visualize plan and performance. 
  • Create Equipment & System ownership processes
  • The Line Leader is responsible for system ownership of Daily Direction Setting (DDS), Clean-Inspect-Lubricate (CIL) in support of WhiteWave Operational Excellence pillars (AM and Leadership)
    • DDS-Sets direction for daily action planning to ensure success in the areas of safety, quality, and performance.  Owner of DDS process for area.  Develops daily plan for the day, focusing on stops reduction, loss elimination and operator coaching. 
    • CIL-Execute and coach Clean-Inspect-Lubricate process as part of AM process to support basic conditions of equipment.
  • Utilizes principles of continuous improvement (Lean) and TPM to drive production line improvement.
  • Implements and follows all safety procedures as stated in MOS, GMP, safety standards, and code of ethics.  Owns Safety Incident Elimination System for their area and coaches implementation.  Review incident investigations and ensure the actions to prevent reoccurrence
  • Maintains a safe and clean working environment for all employees and visitors.  Ensures all safety rules, plant rules, GMP, and code of ethics are followed by employees, supervisors, customers, and visitors at all times.
  • Trains, disciplines (with advice from HR), and gives timely performance appraisals to current leads and employees on aseptic and/or ESL and/or Processing production teams. When needed, documents notable items of associates, both positive and negative, and places in personnel file.
  • Conducts regularly scheduled team meetings including pre-shift meetings, and tailgate meetings.
  • Attends appropriate Union meetings and is able to justify managerial actions to employees, Union Stewards, and Union Leaders.
  • Able to back-up or represent the production manager and operations manager as required.
  • Will be a member and valued contributor to one of the Danone Operational Excellence Pillars
  • Lead / facilitate / participate in continuous improvement events


About you



Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in engineering, business, food science or related field, or Five to ten years related experience and/or training
  • Experience with leading teams in a high paced manufacturing environment preferred.
  • Prior consumer packaging experience preferred.
  • Planning, scheduling and project management experience preferred.


About us

At Danone North America, you’ll work with some of the best-known food and beverage brands in the world like Activia, Silk, Horizon Organic, Two Good, Oikos, evian, and Happy Family. You’ll be part of the largest Certified B Corp™ in the world, working together to make sure our brands create real benefits for people, communities, and the planet. We have 6,000+ employees across the U.S. and Canada. Come join our movement for a healthier world: One Planet. One Health BY YOU.

Danone North America doesn’t just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other protected status. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all of our employees share in the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect.