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Production Supervisor - Simcoe, ON

Job ID: R-10968 Category: Supply Chain Location: Simcoe, Ontario Date posted: 05/19/2021
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Background & Purpose of the Job

The purpose of this position is to lead the Manufacturing Operation for a shift at the Ice Cream Manufacturing Site in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. This factory produces all the ice cream brands sold in Canada with a yearly production of 50,000,000 litres of ice cream.  This position will be critical to drive performance in this high paced and cross functional environment.  Team leadership and team engagement is vital to the success of this role.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

  • This role will report to the Manufacturing Manager and work cross functionally with other departments such as Quality, Maintenance and planning to run the Manufacturing Operation on a shift and HR to implement training initiatives.  This position is overall responsible for the safety, quality, production & training performance for an entire shift of 230 hourly unionized employees.  

  • There is a large amount of responsibility to deliver day to day results, in addition to longer term people development.  It is critical for this position to be able to communicate and explain key initiatives to employees and hold the teams accountable to deliver in all aspects of manufacturing.  

  • This role is a critical Front-Line Leader in the plant and will be expected to have strong interpersonal skills for their own direct reports, as well as the ability to work laterally with other departments in the factory.  It will be important to work cross functionally within the factory to drive plant wide results.

You’re a born leader: Lead a team of 150 unionize employees to drive engagement and increased performance.  

You love to win, and have fun doing it: High performance site looking to continue to drive improvements in Safety, Quality, and Productivity.  The teams want to succeed and want someone they can trust to help guide them.

You’re a teacher: Coaching and developing the team is critical to success.

You’re a change-maker: Drive a culture shift for high performance and collaborative teams.

You’re a culture & change champion: Instill a Safety-First Culture and change the mindset in regard to how we approach safety problems.  Safety is not a singular action, but a culture change.

What You’ll Do

  • Responsible for rolling out a revised training strategy for the Blue-Collar Team

    • Partner with the Production Supervisors to refine and improve the training program

    • Own the process of training new employees and up-skilling the team

    • Validate the training progress and assess employee readiness

  • Work with the Production Supervisors to handle the shift, with a focus on delivering key shift metrics (OEE, waste and OR) while prioritizing Safety and Quality

What You Will Need to Succeed

  • Advanced troubleshooting skills and aptitude for getting things done

  • Mindset and vision to lead change management initiatives

  • Minimum five years of experience within a manufacturing environment

  • A solid foundation and background of production procedures is required

  • Excellent communication skills, and a natural leader. Someone who can guide and mentor and a team.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.  Experience with SAP is an asset.

What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability


Unilever Canada is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, marital status, family status, disability, genetic characteristics, and a conviction for which a pardon has been granted.

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Unilever Canada est une organisation engagé à la diversité et à l'inclusion pour stimuler nos résultats d'affaires et créer un meilleur avenir chaque jour pour nos employés, les consommateurs globaux, les partenaires et les communautés. Nous croyons qu'un effectif diversifiée nous permet de faire correspondre nos ambitions de croissance et de stimuler l'inclusion dans l'entreprise. Tous les candidats qualifiés recevront la considération pour un emploi sans égard à la race, la couleur, la religion, le sexe, l'orientation sexuelle, l'identité ou l'expression de genre, l'âge, l'origine nationale ou ethnique, l'état matrimonial, la situation familiale, l'invalidité, les caractéristiques génétique, et une condamnation pour laquelle un pardon a été accordée.

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