Shift Supervisor

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Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare, and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and with 2013 net sales of $5.0 billion, Bemis operates 67 facilities in 11 countries. Over two-thirds of Bemis packaging is used in the food industry, with the balance used in markets including medical, pharmaceutical, chemical and agribusiness. Our pressure sensitive products are used in industries including graphic arts, digital imaging, assembly engineering, communications and medical.  Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs nearly 19,000 individuals worldwide. More information about the Company is available at our website,

Shift Supervisor


To supervise all hourly production personnel on shift in the facility, including COS maintenance, material handling, and quality assurance.  To provide leadership and manage employees, equipment, and materials so as to optimize safety, quality, customer service, and productivity in accordance with established goals, procedures, specifications, policies and regulations.  To build an environment that fosters teamwork, continuous improvement, and employee engagement.  Processes include multilayer coextrusion of blown film, cast film, and sheet; thermoforming; roll finishing; moisturizing; conversion of wax coated materials, and various auxiliary processes.


  • Assign and direct work activities on his or her shift to prevent EHS incidents, maintain product quality, minimize waste, maximize output, ensure GMP compliance, and meet production schedules.
  • Supervise employees, including assigning personnel, training and orienting employees, recognizing significant accomplishments, coaching employees, evaluating performance, providing corrective action, and leading team to achieve goals.
  • Complete expected shift supervisor Standard Work tasks, including multiple regular rounds, whiteboard audits, tower and SHINE checks, process condition checks, safety training, safety observations, and whiteboard updates. Lead daily whiteboard meetings. Prepare weekly staffing schedule and ensure its consistency and compliance with guidelines. Clearly and effectively communicate issues, policies, and information.
  • Lead effective communication meetings with employees to insure they are informed about plant and shift performance.
  • Identify and correct unsafe conditions and behaviors. Present monthly EHS training to groups and individuals. Coach hourly safety leaders to ensure that crew safety meetings are effective and that EHS goals are met. Act as Emergency Response Team incident commander.
  • Prioritize and direct the activities of on-shift maintenance personnel. Enter maintenance work orders. Coordinate closely with Maintenance to plan and implement equipment repairs and improvements.
  • Monitor and improve product quality. Initiate quality jackets and quarantines nonconforming materials. Direct reconditioning activities. Visit customers and arrange for operators to visit customers.
  • Coach and lead troubleshooting efforts, using disciplined problem solving techniques and procedures. Ensure that established help chain is followed to resolve issues promptly and at minimum cost. Coordinate with other departments.
  • Monitor and control staffing to meet requirements while optimizing labor costs.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of attendance, production, production notes, payroll, overtime, vacation, shift trades, training, discipline, etc.
  • Audit operator standard work to ensure compliance with standards and to identify training opportunities.
  • Monitor and adjust production schedules to optimize daily results.
  • Obtain department supplies as necessary.
  • Identify training needs and prioritize training activities. Evaluate progress of trainees. Ensure that team members are appropriately cross-trained. Provide work instruction training, and ensure documentation of completed training.
  • Improve EHS, quality, productivity, and training through participation on cross-functional teams.
  • Coordinate with peers. Conduct effective and thorough shift handoffs. Participate in monthly supervisor meetings.
  • Monitor and addresses employee performance issues in a timely, fair, and consistent manner.
  • Lead and participate in special projects as needed.
  • Participate in interviews and selection of new team members.  Orient, train, and evaluate new and transferred employees.


Education and Experience

  • Associates or Bachelors degree in a technical or manufacturing field.
  • 3-5 years of relevant manufacturing and supervisor experience.
  • Internal or external seminars in supervision, leadership, business development, safety, etc.
  • Experience in the converting or related field.
  • Technical seminars, trade journals, trade shows, vendor contacts, management seminars.




  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, in order to work with team members and others at all levels throughout the organization.
  • Effective leadership skills, including the ability to set team goals, communicate them, engage broad support, and achieve results. The ability to lead fairly, firmly, and consistently. The ability to interact and to manage conflict in stressful situations while maintaining composure and perspective. The ability to lead by example.
  • The ability to identify, define, and solve problems, and to coach production and maintenance employees to do the same. A robust, logical approach to solving problems.
  • Strong initiative and the ability to work with others to achieve desired results. A sense of accountability for results.
  • Ability to use various computer applications in daily work, including MS Office, MRP-
    II tools, Outlook, and Kronos.
  • Knowledge and understanding of converting processes (especially polymer extrusion and web handling), or the ability and interest to learn them. Experience with extrusion and converting processes is desirable.
  • Time management and personal organization skills, including the ability to manage multiple short and long-term priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to train, coach, mentor, and lead others, and to foster teamwork. A recognition of people as the most valuable Curwood asset.


  • Personnel, assets, and operations of the entire facility on his or her assigned shift.
  • Responsible for 20 - 50 employees
  • Leads the Emergency response team in a crisis on a 24 x 7 basis.
  • Safe and efficient production of quality products.
  • Compliance with established procedures, specifications, policies and regulations.
  • Recommendations for improvement, cost reduction, specification revisions, staffing changes, etc.
  • Building teamwork and employee engagement in continuous improvement.
  • Employee training and cross-training.
  • Timely and accurate completion of all records initiated on his or her shift.

Physical Requirements

  • The position requires standing, lifting of up to 50 pounds, climbing steps, and working in a production environment approximately 75% of the shift. Remainder of time will be spent in an office environment. Position requires the ability to work continuous12-hour shifts. Conditions include high noise levels, temperature variations, some odor, and the use of PPE. Extended work hours may occasionally be required. Frequent use of computers necessitates manual dexterity for utilization of keyboard and mouse. The position requires very limited travel, by road or air.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


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