Supervisor - Imperial Blades in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Date Posted: 2/11/2021

Job Snapshot

Employee Type: Full-time
Job Type: Manufacturing
Date Posted: 2/11/2021

Job Description

Imperial Blades was acquired by Milwaukee Tool in October of 2018.


Purpose of Position:

The Production Supervisor will oversee the production of our product through several phases performed internally and externally to meet on time delivery. They'll prioritize and schedule in-house production work orders using our MRP system, assist the Production Manager with monthly, quarterly and annual forecasts as well as ensure capacities are accurate internally and externally to meet forecasted demand.


The position reports to the Production Manager at Imperial Blades.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Schedule Work Orders needed for daily production requirements for various work cells
  • Maintaining production staff hours and schedules including logging attendance notes and managing time in software
  • Communicating and working with the HR department regarding production staff needs including temporary employee management, policy violations, conflict and evaluations
  • Provide performance feedback to Supervisors and Managers on team members as needed
  • Train new Production Team Leads
  • Communicate with Production Manager and Engineering as equipment and process issues exist internally and externally and require prompt resolution
  • Adheres to IB implemented safety standards including (PPE), work practice controls, and OSHA guidelines
  • Ensure proper costing of inventory through production processes
  • Oversee and communicate training of Leads and production staff on proper use of equipment
  • Work with the Safety Manger to ensure safety policies are being followed
  • Participate in continuous improvement efforts in support of lean processes and lead problem solving teams or kaizen events
  • Able to recognize and improve points of failure in the flow of production and implement countermeasures, escalate or recommend solutions
  • Oversee improvement of One-Piece Flow process in each work cell.
  • Help to implement KPI's and visual management tools on the production floor
  • Oversee the work cells are performing to best practices while keeping quality top priority
  • Responsible for order management and provides information to appropriate personnel, including the Team Leads, regarding needed changes and adjustments
  • Assist Production Manager with creation of monthly, quarterly and annual forecast
  • Understand daily work expectations and assist in assigning it to team members in which prioritizes the workload and equipment schedule to meet both internal and external demand
  • Effectively communicate with managers, engineers, technicians and necessary co-workers
  • Resolve schedule challenges as they arise by coordinating with necessary departments
  • Develop program to ensure standard of quality is met before all products leave facility
  • Maintain and apply Pareto principal practices used by Imperial Blades
  • Willingness to complete assigned special projects and other duties
  • Requests are completed with a good attitude and by needed deadlines


Skills & Qualifications:

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Possess ability to resolve problems, recognize normal and unusual situations
  • Ability to work with manual and/or power equipment and tools
  • Possess proven mechanical ability or aptitude
  • Demonstrates strong multitasking skills in a fast paced environment
  • Accuracy and attention to detail required
  • Maintains a positive attitude and remains flexible to changing work environments
  • Is able to think independently, assign work to their team and work without direction
  • English skills to understand quality, safety, work instructions, personnel information, etc.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency including Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Ability to use ERP/MRP system (NetSuite a plus)


Education and/or Experience:

  • Production experience of 5 years minimum
  • Bachelor's degree in manufacturing management or equivalent experience
  • Previous supervisory experience and managing teams of employees
  • Experience with production scheduling
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing Principles
  • Experience with inventory costing concepts
  • Understanding of the Pareto principle and philosophy


Physical Demands & Work Environment:

    • The employee may be required to frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds
    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
    • Frequent walking and sitting
  • Occasional bending, crouching, twisting, reaching
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in certain work cells is required
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