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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Supervisor - Essentia - Night Shift - Harlan, IA in Harlan, Iowa

The Production Supervisor leads all activities of assigned team, including safety, quality, fulfillment, cost, and inventory. This position is responsible for ensuring all critical business aspects related to the assigned team while clearly communicating information to plant leadership. This role ensures production of a quality product, processing in accordance with mandated regulations, current Good Manufacturing Procedures (cGMP) and established company procedures.



High School Diploma or general education degree (GED)/high school equivalency test (HiSET). 2 or 4-year college degree preferred.


Minimum five years’ experiences in manufacturing; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Minimum three years of leadership experience required. Leadership in a food processing environment is preferred.

Continuous improvement experience preferred.


  • Lead through the Essentia Values of teamwork, respect, agility, creativity, and knowledge, and model the associated behaviors. Manage assigned team members in performance of their duties. Establish and monitor individual and team goals which are aligned with the organization’s business strategies and objectives and ensure department is properly serving its internal and external customers and meeting defined expectation.

  • Manage all aspects of assigned area including, but not limited to projects, production, costs, scheduling, shipping receiving and quality. Ensures on-time delivery of the product, within budget, and meeting or exceeding customer expectations.

  • Ensure fundamental food safety and quality practices maintained to achieve food safety and quality objectives and to support the development, implementation and maintenance and ongoing improvements of food safety programs.

  • Drive root cause problem solving to address vendor, supplier and customer issues concerning quality and delivery.

  • Maintain safety and healthy work environment by communicating and managing organization policies and standards.

  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement to improve cost, quality, and safety standards for assigned area.

  • Investigate incidents, including safety, quality, or food safety.

  • Conduct and document training of employees, including safety, food safety standards, etc.

  • Perform and oversee audits and inspections of the workplace.

  • Manage required documentation to meet Essentia internal and external regulations.

  • Encourages team member development and engagement. Create an environment for team members to grow.

  • Operate company vehicle, forklifts, and pallet jacks as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to lead others in alignment with the Essentia Values and behaviors.

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems or troubleshoot issues.

  • Demonstrated understanding of performance measurements including, but not limited to, safety, quality, fulfillment, cost, and inventory.

  • Understanding of lean principles.

  • Ability to effectively communicate employee concerns and needs within the organization.

  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with he public/customers and coworkers and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness.

  • Ability to produce accurate, professional, and error-free documents in a timely manner.

  • Demonstration of strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to understand the big picture and how assigned area affects the entire organization.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to prioritize assignments and meet deadlines.

  • Understanding of equipment and production operations

  • If both the Plant Manager and Plant Superintendent are absent, the Production Supervisor assumes the responsibility.

  • If the Production Supervisor is absent, the Production Lead or Plant Superintendent would assume the Supervisor’s responsibilities.


Approximate: 12-Hour Shifts (6:00pm-6:00am)

Key: Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Frequent

Sitting - Frequent

Walking - Occasional

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Occasional

Reaching Above Shoulder - Occasional

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Frequent

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Heights - Frequent

Lifting Weights from 0 to 50 pounds - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 0 to 50 pounds - Occasional

Be Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Office Equipment - Occasional

Operating Computer - Occasional

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Frequent

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Color Definition - Yes

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes


Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas - Yes

Office - Occasional

Multiple Locations - Frequent

Plant - Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Occasional

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Travel - Occasional


This job requires the mental capabilities to analyze the production process to develop manufacturing techniques/procedures to attain a quality finished product produced in a timely and efficient manner. Furthermore, the incumbent must have the ability to solve problems as they arise, strive to improve upon current processes, and possess excellent communication skills in conveying the production process to plant personnel. Basic math calculations.


The working conditions for this job include but are not limited to:

  • Exposure to chemicals

  • Temperatures ranging from freezing to extreme heat

  • High noise levels

  • Tile and concrete floors

  • Machinery and Equipment

  • Extended work hours

  • High exposure to dust

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.