Production Line Lead - Reddi Wip Plant

Indianapolis, Indiana

Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact culture in food. Our people persistently challenge and disrupt marketplace/business conventions and we are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results. Conagra Brands, be part of building something BIG.

Position Summary

Leads overall continuous improvement of Line Level metrics across multiple shifts. Accountable for line-level performance on a 24/7 basis. Develops line-level tactical gap-to-goal plans as well as mid-range strategic plans. Drives overall line performance though the implementation of continuous improvement processes and development of a zero loss culture. Builds capability across hourly and salaried teams with regards to Reliability Technology. Leads team members to identify, manage, and execute the plants process improvement opportunities.  Manages production staff to attain production and quality goals. Identifies problems or bottlenecks in production processes and resolves issues. Ensures production resources including materials, equipment and human resources are available as needed to maintain production schedules. Supports continuous improvement goals in safety, quality, cost and customer service. Responsible for managing and owning various functions of the business and creating an engaged and team oriented work force in order to improve business results.  3 years related experience.  In event of this person absence, coverage will be provided.

Position Responsibilities

  • Acts as a primary resource for line-level production teams across multiple shifts to help drive CPS and world class results in the areas of Safety, Quality, Cost, Productivity, Delivery, and Engagement.
  • Manages production and maintenance activities across multiple shifts to meet plant goals efficiently and effectively.
  • Leads and engages team members to improve systems, processes and procedures.
  • Leads by example and demonstrates corporate and plant values.
  • Maintains team’s adherence to employee handbook, GMP’s and other plant policies and procedures.
  • Coaches team in personal accountability, giving and receiving feedback, root cause analysis, problem solving, decision making, trade-off analysis, interpersonal communications and external interactions
  • Troubleshoots problems and implements corrective actions through root cause analysis.
  • Seeks and provides resources for team and provides necessary training that will assist the team in reaching its goals.
  • Conducts frequent Safety coaching and leads implementation of safe work practices.
  • Leads and/or actively participates in Focused Improvement Teams to improve Safety, Quality, Service and Cost.
  • Leads team in tracking and understanding Key Performance Indicators, Gap Analysis, and creating action plans to address performance gaps.
  • Actively reinforces key CPS concepts everyday through coaching and auditing of team members.
  • Provides frequent informal and periodic formal job performance feedback to team.
  • Facilitates and reacts to non-routine and crisis situations.
  • Responds to and utilizes communication tools (i.e. cell phones, computers).
  • Provides scheduled personnel coverage for vacations, personal holidays, and for other crews.
  • Provides back-up for the Production Leader

Position Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required, Bachelor’s degree in technical or business related field preferred
  • Minimum three (3) years successfully leading high performance teams and engaging team members to improve business results including employee hiring and retention, training and development, performance reviews and discipline.
  • Working knowledge of production equipment and systems including maintenance activities.
  • Plant manufacturing experience
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Team leadership skills and project management proficiency
  • Self-motivated and ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work as a member of and/or lead cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize one’s own time consistent with the needs of the business
  • Ability to perform formal root cause analysis to identify and resolve downtime/inefficient operational issues.
  • Excellent communication skills including oral, written and listening.
  • Ability to think ahead and plan over an extended time period and prepare action plans to achieve results
  • Project Management experience, preferred
  • Knowledge of TPM, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing techniques, preferred
  • Knowledge of FDA and USDA policies and procedures, preferred

Physical Requirements

Position works in a manufacturing environment. Job incumbent must be able to work in areas that are hot or cold, surfaces may be slippery, climb ladders / stairs. Training and improvement initiatives may require candidate to travel via automobile or aircraft.  Candidate must be able to work a rotating work schedule- nights and weekends, depending on the demands of the business (12-hour shifts).

Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.

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Conagra Brands (NYSE: CAG) is an approximately $8 billion company that combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus and entrepreneurial spirit. We’re transforming the way we operate to fulfill what consumers and customers want, in a smart, simple way. We’re modernizing our iconic food brands, leveraging fresh opportunities and adapting to a changing landscape – all with a culture that’s ready to capture growth and drive shareholder value.