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Biomedical Polymers and Compounds™

3rd Shift Production Supervisor - Las Vegas, NV


To supervise and coordinate the activities of direct reports in the manufacture of specialty plastic compounds operating consistently in a team environment, maintaining efficiency, cleanliness, safety and high quality standards. To support established corporate and department goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Evaluates status of production schedule, production areas and preparedness of auxiliary production equipment at beginning of shift and develops strategy for shift activities to meet the requirements of the production schedule and other planned events. Directs shift personnel to implement formulated strategy.
• Monitors shift output of all extruders. Ensures product is manufactured in accordance with customer specifications and internal quality system standards such as work instructions.
• Determines acceptability of manufactured product coming off the line using available resources such as Quality personnel, Director of Operations – Foster East, General Manager – Foster West, and Engineering if needed. Plans course of action should product need further processing or processing be discontinued. Reports such manufacturing adjustments to Director of Operations and personnel assigned scheduling responsibilities.
• Troubleshoots manufacturing problems to best of abilities. Seeks assistance as necessary.
• Provides written authorization on work travelers for deviations to work instructions and/or Set Ups as appropriate when processing changes are required to produce satisfactory product. Authorizations are accompanied with detailed explanation as to the deviation’s necessity and logic for course of action taken. Initiates Engineering Change Orders as required by written procedures.
• Monitors screw building activities and provides sign offs releasing screws to production indicating screws are built correctly.
• Reports shift outputs, downtime, scrap and non-conformances daily.
• Adds and deletes orders on the physical and electronic schedule boards to reflect necessary changes made during the shift. Communicates schedule modifications to personnel assigned scheduling responsibilities.
• Navigates ERP system to evaluate inventory status of raw materials and finished goods for planning purposes.
• Communicates shift status to oncoming shift supervisor or designee via communication board and shift change walk through at the end of shift.
• Participates in the NCR programs initiating NCRs as appropriate and resolving assigned NCRs, Investigations and CAPAs in a timely manner.
• Monitors documentation for each production run to ensure thoroughness, accuracy and lot traceability integrity and provides review signature.
• Examines equipment cleanliness after complete clean out line clearance activity and signs off on production run start immediately following.
• Inspects drying equipment routinely to ensure empty dryers and ovens are turned off and drying equipment is emptied of materials from completed runs.
• Ensures materials from completed runs are returned to the warehouse in a timely manner.
• Recommends and implements improvements to production methods, use of equipment, and equipment performance to enhance product quality and production efficiency.
• Reports required equipment repairs and failures to appropriate personnel.
• Communicates with other supervisors and managers to coordinate inter-departmental activities.
• Monitors production supplies. Reports wear and spare parts supply needs to Shift Supervisor tasked with maintaining inventories.
• Ensures new employees are trained and signed off on all Foster Production Work Instructions prior to their performing tasks independently.
• Interprets and enforces company and safety policies for production area for shift.
• Supervises activities of direct reports as appropriate to meet company goals and objectives.
• Takes immediate action and performs relevant training to prevent and correct errors
• Takes immediate action and performs relevant training to prevent unsafe operating conditions and/or injury.
• Addresses complaints and resolves problems originating from or related to direct reports.
• Supervises direct reports in a manner to minimize interpersonal conflicts within and between shifts and with associates in other departments.
• Reviews and approves direct report time clock entries.
• Conducts annual performance reviews of direct reports and facilitates direct reports with meeting goals established therein.
• Ensures a clean work environment is maintained.
• Operates as a team player to assist all company employees in meeting or exceeding customer expectations and company’s goals and objectives.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

• Complies with all safety regulations and applies good judgment in safely performing all tasks.
• Complies with all related company ISO requirements.
• Communicates all appropriate concerns related to working conditions, safety and interpersonal conflicts to Director of Operations.
• Other duties may be requested and/or assigned by company management.


• Associates degree or equivalent from a two year college or technical school or 2 years related experience and/or training or an equivalent combination of education/training/experience.
• Ability to read and comprehend direction, instructions, short correspondence and memos.
• Ability to read and interpret documents including safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and MSDS sheets.
• Ability to write routine reports.
• Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients and other employees of the organization.
• Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
• Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.
• Ability to apply common sense to carry out instructions in written, oral or diagram form.
• Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations.
• Ability to operate a computer for data entry and documentation processing.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Ability to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, and hear.
• Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
• Specific vision ability includes close vision and color vision.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Regular exposure to fumes or airborne particles.
• Occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts and vibration.
• Normal exposure to moderate noise levels.

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