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3M Manufacturing Supervisor in Knoxville, Iowa

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Manufacturing Supervisor – Knoxville, IA

Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with 93,000 other curious, creative 3Mers.

“One of the best parts of my job is feeling the impact of 93,000 3Mers collaborating around the world and seeing the difference they’re able to make in people’s lives.” – Julie Bushman, executive vice president of International Operations at 3M

This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

The Impact You’ll Make in this Role

The person hired for the position of Manufacturing Supervisor will lead on shift activities for crew in assigned department, expected to drive results in EHS, Quality, and Productivity which align with plant goals.

As a Manufacturing Supervisor, you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact by:

  • Ensures a safe working environment through formal inspections/audits, correcting unsafe behaviors, safety / crew meetings, and utilizing proper work methods, procedures and equipment

  • Incident investigation, problem solving and root cause analysis (EHS and quality)

  • Ensure employees receive training as specified

  • Provides effective communication to employees through daily interaction, electronic mail, etc.

  • Provide direct supervision and development to production and/or hourly employees

  • Plans and coordinates priorities, allocates work assignments, and regulates production process in order to meet specific daily production requirements

  • Monitors production rates, yields, and quality of products on a daily basis and provides feedback to employees and supervisor on results

  • Organizes and reviews changeovers with appropriate staff to minimize downtime. Addresses production issues such as scheduling, quality, run time, etc.

  • Lead/participate in Kaizen continuous improvement sessions, make process suggestions to improve quality and reduce costs, involved with managing tier 1, 2 processes

  • Involved with Lean Management systems deployment, implements cost reduction programs to ensure the efficient utilization of labor, materials, and equipment

  • Part of Knoxville Leadership Group with responsibility for midnight and/or afternoon shift

  • Primary plant management representative during off shifts

Your Skills and Expertise

To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M requires (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent or higher from (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution

  • Three (3) years of manufacturing experience in a private, public, government or military environment

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Associate’s Degree or higher (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution

  • Previous supervisory and/or management experience to include minimum one (1) year of experience troubleshooting and problem solving in a manufacturing environment

  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments

  • Experience participating in Green Belt projects and/or have a Green Belt certification

  • Good people skills including the ability to work effectively in a team environment and communicate effectively

  • Leadership, communication, mechanical, computer, administrative, and short-term planning skills

  • Desire and experience in leading change

  • Microsoft Office proficiency

  • Willingness to be on-call

Travel: May include up to 5% domestic travel

Relocation Assistance: May be authorized

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Supporting Your Well-being

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope.

Resources for You

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Responsibilities of this position include that corporate policies, procedures and security standards are complied with while performing assigned duties.

3M is an equal opportunity employer. 3M will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

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