Packaging Facility Production Lead

Markesan Operations • Production Management • Markesan, WI • Regular Full-Time

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The Production Lead is a critical leadership role whose focus is leading all operational activities, functions, and teams of the facility to deliver the highest levels of safety, quality, customer satisfaction, and production efficiency in the production of grain and soy based food products. The Production Lead is cross-trained in multiple tasks to increase contributions to the organization, enhance production flexibility and readiness, as well as supporting innovation initiatives. This role will serve as a key support function for the Plant Manager and will actively manage day to day operations. The Production Lead will provide job enrichment and growth opportunities to all levels of team members. This role is non-exempt (paid hourly) working a general Monday-Friday day shift with expectations for flexibility for business needs. Position is required to work hours that allow them to be influencing all shifts, most time is spent between 6 am – 4pm and weekend work as required occasionally.


Personal and Work Environment SAFETY is achieved through:

  • Development and ownership of all aspects the Markesan Safety Culture. Safety Maturity is advanced through constant development of safe behaviors, procedures and systems.
  • Commitment to follow all safety procedures, GMP’s, performs risk assessments prior to commencing an unfamiliar task, seek to identify and implement proactive safety improvements, and use PPE when required such as: chemical handling, hearing protection, lock-out tag-out, harnesses, respiratory masks, etc.
  • Ensure compliance to highest level of food safety not limited to filling in the appropriate documentation like return to service checklists, etc.
  • Absolute adherence to safety procedures with use, inspection, and care of vehicles, equipment, and tools to include test equipment, lab equipment, industrial trucks, production equipment and man lifts.
  • Ensures all team members have the proper safety training and documents training.

The highest levels of PRODUCTION and EFFICIENCY are achieved through passionate commitment and proactive ownership. People in this key role:

  • Committed and unfailing production leadership of the facility production team; Production Lead will be responsible for leadership and development of all production team members and is integral to executing the production schedule to produce a high quality product that’s shipped on time to our customers’ specifications and expectations.
  • Assist Plant Manager in leading production team in all activities across all shifts based on analysis of current budget, metrics, and needs of mill to result in minimal unplanned down time and a high levels of production.
  • Work with Plant Manager to review processing schedules and production orders to make decisions concerning inventory requirements, staffing requirements, work procedures, and duty assignments.
  • Build and sustain strong relationships and communication with Shift Leads resulting in success on all shifts which also includes filling in Shift Leads as needed.
  • Build and lead the rhythm and discipline for running the plant operations so each shift runs flawlessly and uniformly which will include:
    • Consistent shift change rhythm
    • Consistent start up and shutdown rhythm
    • Consistent training routine for all shifts’ team members
    • Consistent presence on the production floor that provides support and visibility to production process and team
  • Record and analyze daily production numbers to ensure all OEE numbers are meeting and exceeding daily targets; make suggestions and lead RCAs when they are not within targeted numbers.
  • Work with Plant Manager to monitors results of all Root Cause Analysis and then audit activities to ensure timely corrective actions and closures through effective delegation to team.
  • Continuously ensure all USDA and company documentation related to Markesan’s production is being flawlessly completed and stored out each day
  • Embrace and use technology to drive more efficient operation of the plant. Utilizing available technology to trouble shoot and successfully operate areas such as unloading, mixing and packaging equipment.
  • Inspire the department to achieve continuously greater results through:
    • Setting and communicating the highest of expectations for performance
    • Constantly providing feedback on individual and team performance to these expectations
    • Maximizing everyone’s potential through continuous coaching and development
    • Building trust through establishing a personal relationship with every individual.
    • Collaboratively establishing clear, challenging goals, objectives and performance targets that support the company’s mission and vision
    • Collaboratively establishing clear, challenging goals, objectives and performance targets that support the company’s mission and vision
    • Necessary information and facilitation support for problem-prevention and sustained resolution
    • Actively preparing and engaging employees in continuous process improvement
    • Driving decision-making to the team member level
  • Actively support other departments as well as advance personal professional development through collaboration with Plant Manager in:
    • Leading the planning, scheduling, strategic and change initiatives
    • Leading and facilitating cross-functional action teams and projects throughout department
    • Actively seeking expanded assignments

REQUIREMENTS to help ensure success include:

To qualify for this position, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the desired job outcomes. Specific requirements include:

  • A Bachelor degree highly desired; equivalent work experience or current enrollment in a school program in lieu of degree considered.
  • 3+ years of production experience in an industrial manufacturing environment desired; experience in a similar food safe packaging environment highly desired.
  • Experience successfully leading operations teams including demonstration of excellent interpersonal skills including communication, conflict resolution, and development of people highly desired; willingness to seek continuing education toward development of leadership abilities required.
  • Advanced computer competency required including typing, web browser, and Microsoft Office; advanced competency of Mapcon/ASC software or ability to learn required.
  • Experience in using data to drive production planning and performance measurement coupled with strong knowledge of the technical areas of the plant or manufacturing process is required.
  • Ability to work autonomously using advanced critical thinking and troubleshooting skills to be used for strategic planning in leading production team toward efficient completion of goals.
  • Ability to proactively drive continuous improvement project creation and execution.
  • Demonstrate ownership of job function and production equipment.
  • Demonstrate personal initiative and collaborative, team player approach.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently in order to communicate effectively with team members within and external to production department. Spanish speaking skills a plus.
  • A positive, proactive demeanor resulting in a core value fit for our team.


  • Must be able to work in environmental factors that include noise, dust, hot weather, and cold weather.
  • Must be able to lift 55 pounds.
  • Must be able to ascend and descend stairs, ladders, and gangways on a frequent basis and be able to work while standing on a continuous basis.
  • Ability to safely work aloft (heights over 20’) including ladders, man lifts, harnesses, equipment tops and scaffolding.
  • Ability to enter confined spaces, following all safety procedures, while in performance of job duties.
  • Must be able to communicate by using and hearing 2-way radio.
  • Have dexterity and ability to maneuver equipment in tight working spaces.

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