Newell Brands LIF - Supervisor, Operations in Waxahachie, Texas

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Lifoam is a leading manufacturer of custom and proprietary molded foam and protective packaging solutions. The company designs, manufactures, and distributes value added expanded polystyrene (EPS), polyurethane, and refrigerant products used in a number of applications from seven plants in the US. The company's products include premium temperature assurance packaging for the healthcare industry, disposable foam coolers and related products for the consumer market, cold chain packaging for the specialty food & beverage market, and custom & proprietary packaging solutions for a variety of commercial end markets. Its well-known brands include "Lifoam" promotional and imprinted disposable ice chests, "Freez Pak" reusable ice substitutes, "Propak" insulated commercial packaging, and the "EnviroCooler" line of Healthcare packaging, among others.

Since 2013, Lifoam is part of Jarden Home Brands, a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), a leading provider of niche consumer products, with over 25,000 employees worldwide.


Primary Purpose of Position:

The operations supervisor is responsible for supervising assigned production employees, performing administrative tasks and maintaining communications associated with the activities of a production shift. This position is also responsible for the shift’s performance in safety, product quality, production output, manpower loading, line equipment maintenance, housekeeping, cost control, employee relations, effective communications of relevant information regarding department and shift performance and the attainment of plant goals.

Major Duties

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Instructs employees in safe operating procedures and plant conduct and holds them accountable to following these instructions. Identifies safety hazards and takes appropriate steps to eliminate or control them. Prepares equipment so that it can be safely worked on by others, and signs safety work permits. In emergencies, direct control efforts of subordinates and orders their evacuation when necessary for their protection.

  • Directs employees to follow all provisions of plant operating instructions and standards. Monitors quality of output and takes appropriate action, including shutdown of process, to prevent or limit production or shipment of off-grade material or product. Conducts, and assists other in conduct of investigation to determine causes of quality defects.

  • Meets production goals by assigning appropriate personnel and determines use of equipment and procedures so as to achieve production goals. Arranges for flow of packaging supplies, raw material and finished product. Monitors progress during shift and makes appropriate adjustments.

  • Meets established cost standards for use of materials, supplies, utilities, manpower and equipment. Directs in the most efficient use of equipment and materials and ensures instructions to be followed. Contributes to plant cost reduction effort.

  • Communicates effectively with all levels of organization.

  • Responsible for daily maintain of time & attendance systems to include scheduling, absenteeism, etc.

  • Responsible for all repairs and maintenance to production line equipment. Provides input to productions manager on employee performance.

  • As required by Plant Manager provides production and inventory reports.

  • Poses no direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself, of others, or to property. Defined as a significant risk of substantial harm that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by reasonable accommodation.

  • Requires regular attendance to perform essential element as contained herein between the assigned start and end times for work.

  • Performs such individual assignments as management may direct.

  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships within the department, the Corporation and the community; and maintains the professional competence, knowledge and skill necessary for the satisfactory performance of all assigned responsibilities.

  • Other duties as assigned




Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing Technology, or equivalent engineering or technical programs. A combination of education and experience will be considered in place of a degree.


Minimum 3 to 11 years of experience working in a manufacturing environment in a production leadership or manufacturing engineering or mechanical engineering role.


  • Experience as leader of a production team in manufacturing environment.

  • Training in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma methodologies.


  • Understanding of mechanical workings of a variety of production machinery.

  • Ability to analyze problems and make independent judgment to make recommendations for corrective action or resolution.

  • Demonstrated ability to display diplomacy in day-to-day interactions with the commitment to task with awareness of urgency.

  • Ability to prioritize projects.

  • Flexibility to deal with interruptions and reprioritize as needed.

  • Basic computer competency and ability to manage other software, such as maintenance management programs and time-keeping systems as required.

  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Minitab or JMP statistical software a plus.

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