Plant Supervisor

at Kerry in Alton, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Requisition ID: 52211

Position Type: (US)Full Time

Workplace Arrangement:

About Kerry

Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.

About the role

The Plant Supervisor role is pivotal in driving the success and efficiency of our Alton, IL facility. This position not only ensures the smooth execution of daily production activities but also champions safety, quality, and continuous improvement initiatives. By enforcing safety protocols, upholding Quality & Food Safety standards, and spearheading key performance improvements.

Key responsibilities

+ Safety Leadership: Enforces safety rules, encourages safe behaviors, and corrects unsafe conditions and actions to prevent accidents.

+ Quality & Food Safety: Endorses and ensures conformance to Quality & Food Safety Policies and Management Systems, reporting any failures to site management.

+ Direct Leadership: Takes on additional responsibilities beyond production supervision, including EHS, Quality, Maintenance, and Warehouse duties.

+ Production Execution: Manages production schedules to meet quality specifications and packaging requirements, ensuring compliance with safety and regulatory policies.

+ Staff Coordination: Supervises hourly staff to meet customer delivery requirements and achieve equipment effectiveness targets in fermentation, filtering, or concentration.

+ Training: Trains new and existing team members on equipment operations, maintains procedures and instructions, and ensures adherence to established processes.

+ KPI Improvement: Assists in implementing initiatives to improve plant performance based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) like safety, quality, maintenance, product cost, and production volumes.

+ Delegation of Authority: Represents the site in the absence of the Plant Manager and may support other plants in the network.

+ Production Reporting: Ensures accurate production reporting in SAP and supports reports to measure performance against KPI targets.

+ Employee Scheduling: Schedules production personnel, approves vacation requests, arranges coverage, and manages timecards in Kronos.

+ Employee Management: Manages hiring, termination, corrective actions, reviews, training, coaching, and conflict resolution for the team.

+ Continuous Improvement: Leads cleanliness, sanitation, and housekeeping initiatives, and promotes continuous improvement through CI foundations like 5S, root cause analysis, and visual controls.

Qualifications and skills

+ Minimum of 5 years experience as production supervision in a manufacturing plant or related industry.

+ Previous Leadership experience is required.

+ Ability to understand functioning process equipment. Good communication, leadership, planning and organizational skills are required. Influential track record in training. Must have good computer/IT skills; and proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite as well as an aptitude to learn new systems.

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. Additional information can be found at: Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal ( (\EEOC\KnowYourRights.pdf) .

Beware of scams online or from individuals claiming to represent us. A Kerry employee will not solicit candidates through a non-Kerry email address or phone number. In addition, Kerry does not currently utilise video chat rooms (e.g., Google Hangouts) to conduct interviews. Refuse any request that asks you to provide payment to participate in the hiring process (e.g., purchasing a starter kit, investing in training, or something similar). Kerry will not ask you to pay any money at any point in the hiring process with the exception of reimbursable travel expenses. In addition, any payments made by Kerry will be from official firm accounts bearing the Kerry name.


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Job Posting: JC260365011

Posted On: May 25, 2024

Updated On: Jul 08, 2024

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