Reference : 567567

Supervisor Trainee

  • Technical Production
  • United States
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 04/18/2019

Position description

Adherence to EHS standards and working safely culture – Develops and cultivates a team oriented “working safely” culture throughout the plant with a focus on zero injuries, work related health conditions and spills.  Is responsible to ensure employees and operations are in compliance with all EHS standards, including active participation in behavior based safety reporting and programs; preventative audits/programs (for example safety, machine guarding).   Begins to Understand and lead root cause analysis for all night shift incidents developing a preventative approach.


Quality leadership – manages and cultivates a culture that has an unrelenting commitment to quality; ensuring compliance with all quality standards and providing coaching and support regarding night shift conflicts/disagreements related to quality parts.  Provides leadership for technical and quality teams for consensus to resolve quality issues, understanding and teaching the impact that decisions have on parts quality.  Understands and educates night shifts regarding ISO requirements.


World Class Manufacturing – is accountable for all aspects related to production efficiencies, including first pass yield, up-time, through-put, pack rates, cycle time, scrap rates and regrind re-use. Utilizes visual factory tools to educate and motivate employees and project teams.  Is responsible for accurate reporting (production, scrap, payroll hours).  Flexes and manages hours to ensure productivity targets are achieved, is accountable for paid time off management and reporting.  Understands and ensures compliant use of the work order system to resolve issues.  Coordinates necessary plant resources to resolve issues with minimal down time.  Active participation in operations meetings, leads production, safety and project team meetings.  Has ownership for night shift technical staff, assisting with trouble-shooting technical issues.  Encourages and facilitates cooperative working relationship with other plant departments and provides feedback… (i.e. quality, maintenance, tooling, logistics and engineering).   Is responsible for overall plant during night shift hours, ensuring risk management practices are compliant.   Supports plant cost reduction initiatives by recommending and implementing cost reduction solutions.


Staff development – Will begin to lead, coach and manage a team of leads, technical support and machine attendants, developing a team oriented focus and mindset.  Strives to develop a bottom up approach to resolve issues and gain buy-in.  Works with Supervisors to Create and implement succession plans to ensure business stability and individual development. Is responsible for performance management for night shifts – regular coaching sessions, 30-60-90-annual reviews.  Develops skill progression planning for employees on assigned shifts, ensuring compliance with CertainTeed Injection Molding Employee Handbook.  Coaches and develops shift and technical leads in areas of supervision, motivation and conflict resolution.  Works with Supervisors to Identify, seek out and coordinate skills training for shift personnel to improve professional development and performance.



This is an entry level supervisory training role focused on developing leadership, WCM, planning and execution skills. This position has an intermediate level of accountability and autonomy – working within plant and company guidelines.  The incumbent will develop a broad scope of knowledge across manufacturing, maintenance, tooling and quality functions to apply towards trouble-shooting and resolving technical issues.  Begins to understands a broad range of technical requirements and WCM requirements; translating those into procedures and consistent practices during night shift operations.   Has intermediate level of organizational, employee relations and conflict resolution skills to ensure spirit of VMVO and lead multiple project teams.  Intermediate PC and systems aptitude needed to drive visual factory and digital dashboard compliance and manage production reporting.  

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 2-3 years’ progressive work experience in a manufacturing environment or related internships in a manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated leadership roles, past supervisory experience a plus
  • Understanding of plastic materials, processing and equipment knowledge a plus
  • Decisive and ability to sort through ambiguity
  • Demonstrated technical aptitude
  • Good quantitative and analytical skills
  • Good coaching skills – peer, up-line, and indirect report
  • Good management of change skills
  • Ability to trouble-shoot basic to intermediate technical issues
  • Active listener – able to discern key points from employee discussions
  • General understanding of business management concepts
  • Some project management experience

Who are we ?

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

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