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Nestle Manufacturing Production Supervisor in Waverly, Iowa

Foods people love. Brands people trust. And a career that nourishes your future like no other.

If you're driven by the passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, Nestlé is the place for you. Nestlé USA is one of seven operating companies that make up Nestlé’s presence in the United States. We're in 97% of American homes, and as the leading food and beverage company, our goals are to continue to deliver quality food and beverage products, strengthen our local communities, and reduce our environmental and climate impact.

We’re determined to challenge the status quo and be better tomorrow than we are today. As individuals and teams, we embrace our entrepreneurial culture and have created a workplace where collaboration is essential, courage is rewarded, speed is expected, and agility is the norm to delight our consumers every single day. Here, you will find limitless opportunities to learn and advance your career, and feel empowered to succeed in the workplace and beyond. Because our focus is not only on nourishing our customers, it’s about enriching you.


To ensure employee safety, product quality and asset performance while delivering on time the shift/line/area

production plan. This is accomplished by leading a team of approximately 30 employees. Leadership of people

includes participating in the hiring process, employee on-boarding, performance management and corrective action.

Proactive cooperation with other groups on site and within NUSA to ensure that their area and people are fully

aligned with the organization. Modeling the way for others by practicing what is preached to create and maintain a

workplace culture that engages and motivates associates at all levels. Focusing on results to deliver success as

measured by key performance metrics.


  1. Ensure the timely deployment of People development plan and assure the competencies of his/her

team as per the agreed plan with PM (proper training inclusive of equipment, safety procedures,

and hygiene) Enforce strict compliance to standard operating procedures (SOPs) by all personnel

within the team. % of time 10%

  1. Ensure a safe work environment is maintained at all times. Updated work instructions available for

all positions. Processes are run in accordance with SOP's, SSOP's and other documentation.

Activities being performed having an environmental impact are communicated and accomplished

according to the environmental management. % of time 15%

  1. Ensure quality objectives are met including regular adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices

(GMP’s), performance of sanitation audits, food safety checks, and product quality checks

conducted according to policies. Actively participate in prevention and correction of quality-related

errors. Check and enforce personnel hygiene & safety e.g. protective clothing (uniform), shoe

change & hand wash. % of time 15%

  1. Ongoing coaching of employees to fulfill and exceed the requirements of the job through NCE

approach. Daily review of achievement of targets and report variances during on-the-floor and

review meetings. Ensure the development and implementation of action plans to address root

causes of failures and support continuous improvement initiatives. Facilitate seamless handoffs

and communicate key information to peers, team members and Production Management. % of time 10%

  1. Ensure continuous line Controls and immediate corrective action to assure prescribed quality and to

ensure compliance with manufacturing instructions, internal and external regulations, procedures &

policies. % of time 15%

  1. Ensure ongoing smooth operations of factory through effective employee and industrial relations

management. % of time 15%

  1. Ensure that there is an adequate distribution of skills to enable production plan to be achieved

effectively. % of time 10%

  1. Ensure timely launch of new products to the Market as per agreed with the business unit/area. % of time 5%

  2. Ensure adequate maintenance of the installations in coordination with quality, engineering &

administration. Review daily maintenance effectiveness with Maintenance Mechanic(s) and Team

members to identify opportunities for improvement. Prioritize, schedule, and ensure Maintenance

& Repairs are completed to maximize efficiency. % of time 5%

  1. Travel requirement = 5%


The ability to ensure smooth operation through effective staff management and deployment of the team:

  • Maintain properly skilled crew at all times and minimized use of overtime hours

  • Control absenteeism by supervisory emphasis and counseling as necessary

  • Ensure accomplishment of teams assigned duties and continued development of skills and competencies

  • Ensure record keeping is accomplished correctly


  • Delivery of scheduled production, on time, within cost, and at quality level

  • Lead role in developing the budget & capital plan for their area and identification of Productivity Improvements



  • Bachelor’s degree AND 2 years of leadership experience, preferably in a manufacturing environment

  • OR 5 years of supervisory/management experience, preferably in a manufacturing environment

  • OR 2 years in a leadership role in the United States Military

Additional Requirements:

  • Work extended days and/or weekends with flexibility to switch shifts as required

  • Willing to work in a factory where ambient conditions may be extremely cold, wet or warm

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in food processing or packaging

  • Experience in Supply Chain and/or Inventory Control

  • Experience in Quality and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP’s) in a food processing environment.

  • 1 year of experience in Continuous Improvement environment (Lean manufacturing or Total Productive

Maintenance (TPM) preferred)


  • Ability to maintain a safe working environment through proper housekeeping and safety practices.

  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written and listening). Ability to adjust communication style to multiple

audiences, facilitate group coaching, and information sharing. Ability to positively confront and effectively deal

with non compliance through effective "soft Skills".

  • Excellent people skills – maintain a positive attitude and ability to motivate people, specifically mentoring and

coaching individuals in identifying short- and long-term development needs and providing appropriate support.

  • Confidence in own capacity and judgment. Must be willing to face challenging situations. Developed ability to

build personal relationships based on trust, mutual respect and open communication.

  • Adaptable – ability to adjust approach to match varied task requirements, adjust behavior to others’ styles,

change priorities to meet changing demands, adjust quickly to new responsibilities and tasks.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities at one time through highly developed organizational skills.

  • Ability to set effective and challenging objectives.

  • Strong mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting through root cause problem solving.

  • High energy level and excellent follow-up

  • Intermediate level computer skills in MicroSoft Office, NT/XP/Vista version(s)


At the Highly Developed Level include

  • Results Focus – Set ambitious objectives and motivate the shift to achieve them.

  • Lead People – Communicate what has to be done to gain the understanding and commitment of the people to

achieve the objectives.

  • Practice What You Preach – Be a role model for his/her team and consistently acts according to the Nestle

principles and values.

  • Proactive Cooperation – Works collaboratively with others demonstrating commitment to achieve group objectives.

The Nestlé Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

EOE M/F/D/V Nestle is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is looking for diversity in candidates for employment. All candidates must apply online at