Shipping Supervisor - 3rd Shift in Valley, NE at Valmont Careers

Date Posted: 2/27/2018

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Job Description

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position

The Shipping Supervisor is responsible for the assigned production/shipping area including the human and capital assets of the department. Activities include:  production work, replenishment of inventory, loading, checking orders, preventative maintenance, housekeeping, new-employee orientation as well as various administrative functions including meetings, inventory, production data record keeping, employee annual evaluations, employee attendance records,  corrective action warnings all of which must be completed in accordance with established Valmont processes. The Shipping Supervisor is accountable for quality of output and processing in the assigned area.  Focus is on providing on time and accurate products/services to internal and external customers.  Although most Shipping Supervisors work one established shift, their supervisor duties may extend to two or three operational shifts. The incumbent is held accountable for safety, continuous improvement and lean processing within the area.

Important Details about the Role

This position must maintain an overall acceptable level of performance in meeting the department’s goals and objectives and attain this with a suitable level of harmonious employee relations and within the guidelines of the company. The incumbent may also need to complete master scheduling duties as well as being involved in daily coordinating efforts with other areas in order to meet deadlines. Contact with Product Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Human Resources, Safety, and other areas are necessary to maintain an acceptable level of performance. Shipping Supervisors may also coordinate some of the subcontract activities necessary for the department and/or individual cells. The employee must possess technical and human relations skills necessary to train and motivate both skilled and unskilled workers.  He/she must be capable of withstanding the pressures of first line supervision and have the ability to initiate and adapt to change in a timely and orderly manner.  It takes about 3 years on the job before a Shipping Supervisor is considered fully-qualified to assume all the following responsibilities:

  • Ensure that standard methods are used.  Recommend changes in layout, processes or methods to improve operations and lower costs.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of assigned personnel’s time and production counts. .
  • Report discrepancies in specifications, methods, engineering data, standards, etc. to the corresponding authority.
  • Develop positive relationships with assigned employees to create pride in operations, housekeeping, safety and other accomplishments.  Take action to keep equipment and work area clean.
  • Promote a participative productivity climate and encourage assigned employees to submit suggestions for improvement on operations.  Implement worthwhile ideas and keep employees informed of status.  Keep managers advised of employee requests, complaints, and suggestions and provide prompt feedback” to employees.
  • Be ultimately responsible for the implantation of shop safety practices.
  • Work with HR to keep job descriptions up-to-date and accurate as the job changes in scope and content.
  • Determine staffing requirements, interview applicants and on-board new hires
  • Attend seminars/short courses on improving the management skills necessary to operate the area according to the expectations established by Valmont
  • Ensure that monthly safety and department meetings are held and participate in Lean related activities.
  • Promote cell and team development.  Ensure that training is provided to appointed team members and leaders. 
  • Provide mechanisms to track/chart productivity goals and exercise guidance in productivity improvement.
  • Remain cognizant of the ever-changing environmental regulations and assure each cell is within compliance.  Provide training/information so that there is continuous awareness.
  • Maintain records on any first aids, OSHA recordables, lost-time injuries and property damage.
  • Control of orders, preventative maintenance, housekeeping and administrative functions

Essential Functions:

  • Supervising both direct reporting staff and other team members according to overall company policy.
  • Training /cross-training of operators in new operations and methods
  • Ensuring quality inspections of products/services produced
  • Producing  product/service to predetermined schedules or actual demand
  • Coach, mentor and motivate workers to attain a higher degrees of performance competency in order to develop staff to maximize potential
  • Assist employee set goals and objectives as well as assist staff with work progress
  • Monitor staff performance including performance reviews
  • Ensure work has been delegated fairly among the team
  • Allocate most appropriate use of both material and human resources
  • Implement procedures to maximize operating efficiency and reduce potential injuries
  • Administration of need-to-know company and division policies
  • Lead, facilitate and promote teams to meet the challenge of continuous improvement
  • Encourage operators to manage their time better and develop their skills through classes, seminars and workshops
  • Work as a change agent for the department.  Challenge the status quo to find new and better ways to conduct work through the utilization of lean tools.
  • Distribution of reports
  • Orient employees to other areas of the company
  • Attend professional development courses
  • Help identify employee training needs
  • Recruitment of personnel
  • Company advertising / publicity campaigns and compliance postings
  • Coordinate and budget for staff activities and meetings  
  • Provides basic employee benefit information (PTO, insurance, worker comp, timekeeping, etc.)
  • Participate in court, worker comp,  unemployment or OSHA hearings
  • Assist others in evaluating employee performance
  • Software application training

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Bachelors with Five (5) years relevant experience or Associates Degree with seven (7) years relevant experience or (nine) 9 years of relevant experience
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience
  •  The ability to read and interpret blueprints, engineering drawings and job orders
  • Strong leadership, problem solving, planning, communication, and motivational skills
  • Attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy while working in a fast paced environment with  multiple deadlines
  • The ability to drive a forklift
  • Knowledge of environmental safety and EEO requirements
  • Knowledge of the material, costs, techniques and processes used within the area
  • Judgment and decision making skills while comparing relative cost and benefit potential
  • Deductive reasoning ability to formulate answers to specific questions that make sense
  • The ability to motivate, develop and direct people; identify the best person for each task at hand 
  • Passion and integrity with the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications

  • Five (5) years of related work experience and a Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional work experience in a manufacturing or industrial environment
  • Knowledge of Lean manufacturing methodology and tools
  • Knowledge of management principles for strategic planning and resource allocation

Working Environment and Physical Efforts

Work is typically performed in both an office setting and production / shipping area.  On-site presence is mandatory for this position. The incumbent is required to stand, bend, reach, lift and pivot throughout the shift. The environment is fast-paced and demanding most of the time.  The temperature range can be from over 100 degrees in the summer to freezing temperatures in the winter.  Most employees in production areas may be exposed to some type of disagreeable working conditions (wind, cold, heat, dust, dirt, fumes, noise, vibration, water, or oil). Some outside work may be required.  The indoor environment can be noisy with sound levels above 80 decibels in some areas. Safety glasses and metatarsal safety shoes are required at all times in the plant. Some areas require ear protection and safety hats. The employee may operate or be around machines that use liquid coolants and may also be exposed to cast iron dust. Travel to other sites within the U. S. is infrequent although may be required for business purposes.  The functions of this job require both physical and mental stamina, especially during the busy times of the year as the environment is often fast-paced. The Shipping Supervisor must be in physical condition that allows for the manager to actually show and train the subordinates how to do the work properly. There are often high stress situations where the supervisor is called during odd hours. This position sometimes requires intense mental and visual concentration. The supervisor has to have the ability to make good judgment calls that comply with the mission and goals of the organization. On a visual level, the employee must demonstrate acceptable vision by passing a visual exam and have the ability to read text from manuals, schematics, labels, and other printed materials that can be as small as 1/16th of an inch in size. Adequate hearing is required to help diagnose problems with machines and equipment. Mental and visual concentration is needed to prevent injury to oneself, fellow workers and/or damage to the product. The use of any equipment or tools requires the employee to be alert at all times.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

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