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Production Line Leader

Danone North America is the largest Benefit Corporation in the world. Our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Danone North America is looking for a Production Line Leader in their Mount Crawford, Virginia manufacturing facility.   Position Summary: The Production Line Leader is directly responsible for the results of their production line value stream teams. Owns Production, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety and Morale (PQCDSM) results for their area.  Responsible for evaluating all losses and developing plans to systematically eliminate those losses.  Displays servant leadership abilities that help empower line employees to performance levels that contribute to the achievement of corporate, plant, and individual goals. In support of plant production, the Production Line Leader will spend 60-80% of their time on the plant floor.  Effectively leads the operation of a 24-7 value stream, accountable for supporting 4 shifts across 7 days of production and is responsible to coach and develop forepersons/teams on every shift within their value stream.  Successful candidates will have previous management-level experience.     Additional Responsibilities include (but not limited to): Owns and leads Autonomous Maintenance work processes and step execution.  Must develop personal mastery of AM through execution of Learn-Do-Teach.  Checks standards adherence to 5S and Clean, Inspect, Lube execution daily Creates equipment ownership concept in their area and coaches/develops Equipment Owners on the floor to enable them to achieve individual goals Support supply chain loss analysis/elimination. Solve process instability problems. Coach necessity and use of Problem Solving tools Drive cultural change by leading the organization engagement surveys results Identify skill gaps in organization - address using task based training approach Execute or coach use of start-up management tools for new initiatives Coach use of Standard Work to eliminate NVA work, coach link to effort reduction Creates, develops, and executes strategic plans to hit plant goals and objectives set by business unit manager. Develop and execute loss analysis, glide path and 90 day improvement plans for the line(s).  Prioritizes top losses for the year and creates action plan to deliver.  Creates visual Plan-Do-Check-Act Board for their area to visualize plan and performance.  Create Equipment & System ownership processes DDS-Sets direction for daily action planning to ensure success in the areas of safety, quality, and performance.  Owner of DDS process for area.  Develops daily plan for the day, focusing on stops reduction, loss elimination and operator coaching CIL-Execute and coach Clean-Inspect-Lubricate process as part of AM process to support basic conditions of equipment Utilizes principles of continuous improvement (Lean) and TPM to drive production line improvement Implements and follows all safety procedures as stated in MOS, GMP, safety standards, and code of ethics.  Owns Safety Incident Elimination System for their area and coaches implementation.  Review incident investigations and ensure the actions to prevent reoccurrence Trains, disciplines (with advice from HR), and gives timely performance appraisals to current leads and employees on aseptic and/or ESL and/or Processing production teams. When needed, documents notable items of associates, both positive and negative, and places in personnel file Conducts regularly scheduled team meetings including pre-shift meetings, and tailgate meetings Attends appropriate Union meetings and is able to justify managerial actions to employees, Union Stewards, and Union Leaders Able to back-up or represent the production manager and operations manager as required Lead / facilitate / participate in continuous improvement events Other duties as assigned   The ideal candidate will have the following: Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing/Engineering/Business Management/Food Science 5-7 years of previous leadership experience in a high speed production environment; previous leadership experience in dairy and/or food manufacturing preferred. Prior experience managing in union environment a plus. Theoretical and practical knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement methodologies Ability to transform discussions into practical steps; ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where limited standardization exists. Strong computer skills Sharp and tenacious troubleshooting skills-- the ability to rapidly assess, analyze, and resolve complicated problems with little initial information or direction and with varying degrees of ambiguity. Excellent time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines within time constraints. Strong "self-management" skills. Must bring interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills required to interact with various levels of plant and corporate personnel. Detail-oriented, organized, and possess ability to multi-task and shift priorities quickly, while maintaining control, focus and accuracy with limited supervision in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. A team player, motivated and willing to do whatever is required to ensure success of the team. Willingness to work flexible schedules as needed to support plant operations, Must possess resourcefulness and decision-making ability Must have the ability to work under pressure and manage others in potentially stressful conditions  
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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