The Production Supervisor will supervise/lead and coordinating activities of Plant Operations Technicians in one or more production areas. Generally required to be skilled in the activities of workers being supervised and will perform the tasks of workers in the group to maintain production schedule when needed. Monitors daily plant activities and ensure time and quality commitments are met. |
Leadership/Supervision: Review production schedules and allocate team members to complete schedules. Make adjustments in schedules using knowledge of machine capacities and equipment,
and worker capabilities. Assist in hiring temporary or part-time labor. Encourage team participation and involvement. Ensure employees are properly trained. Recommend and implement measures to improve productivity, performance, product quality, methods, working conditions, and efficiencies. Provide regular coaching and feedback. Provide coaching and assistance to others on performance management and develop plans. Analyze and resolve problems or assist workers in resolving problems. Recommend personnel actions and may carry out actions under guidance of Plant Manager.
General Plant Operations Activities: Help coordinate (and participate on an "as needed" basis) in the execution of general plant operations activities. Assisting with acreage planning/allocation and grower management. Coordinate seed field management activities such as planting, scouting, detasseling, roguing, inspecting and other associated tasks. Helping to coordinate harvest activities such as preparation, sorting, drying, shelling, etc. Overseeing or assisting with conditioning, bagging, and warehousing operations. Monitoring product quality and ensuring activities meet the needs of the Quality Plan. Helping manage bulk and bagged seed inventories.
Assisting with product movement activities. Monitoring repairs and routine maintenance of equipment, buildings, and grounds.
Teamwork and Communications: Develop and maintain good communication and rapport with plant personnel, employees from other Pioneer plants or departments, growers, vendors, etc. Work with other leaders to coordinate workflow and coordination or resources between
departments. Participate in location meetings. Serve on both plant and other Pioneer teams as assigned.
Risk Management: Attend safety meetings and complete required safety training. Ensure others complete required training and enforce safety regulations. Manage risks during performance of job duties. Recommend and implement safety and operational improvements.
Planning and General Administration: Provide input and assistance to supervisor when planning capital and operational budgets. Provide input for workforce planning and development, scheduling, and development of annual business plan. Complete and maintain appropriate records, documents, or reports (e.g. ISO9000, grower records, inventory records, etc.). Assist with accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll record keeping. May work on special projects as assigned by Plant Manager.
Conduct personal and professional development: Train for cross-functional job duties. Stay abreast of technology and plant leader concepts and methods. Establish and pursue development goals. Provide coaching and assistance to others on their learning plans.
Education and Experience
Bachelors degree in Ag Business or related subject matter preferred. Certified Pesticide Applicator license desired.
4-6 years on-the-job or related agricultural experience that includes supervisory or leadership experience required. Experience may be substituted for formal secondary education.
Ability to manage work processes, balance workload, train & motivate employees are key for this role. Some positions work across the location and some positions focus on a specific area (conditioning, warehousing, maintenance, etc.)
Maintenance Leader positions are focused on organizing and prioritizing plant maintenance projects and programs. This includes repair & maintenance budgeting and execution, ensuring plant electrical and mechanical systems are properly installed, inspected, and maintained; and troubleshooting and repair of PLC and other systems.
Knowledge of production agriculture and production plant operations. Knowledge of Seed Processing/Conditioning/Quality. Knowledge of field equipment. Supervisory and team leadership skills. Training skills. Priority management and the ability to adjust quickly to changing conditions. Workforce flexibility. Good verbal communication skills. Intermediate level of PC skills desired. Willingness to work in a variety of conditions (field, plant, warehouse – hot, cold, dust, etc.). Machine operation skills. Overtime hours including weekend work required during seasonal peaks. Ability to lift up to 60 lbs.
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