Production Supervisor

PaperWorks - Whitsett, NC

Production Supervisor

Job Locations US-NC-Whitsett

Job ID 2019-1566

Category Manufacturing Management


Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, PaperWorks Industries is a leading, integrated North American full-service provider of recycled paperboard and specialized folding cartons for packaging applications.

Our purpose is clear. To deliver innovative, value-added packaging solutions to the world while making it a better place for all.

At PaperWorks, we are committed to the highest sustainable forestry and procurement standards. Product certifications include the Forest Stewardship Council and 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance.


  • Review machine schedules, order requirements, operating problems, and special instructions with the preceding and relief production supervisors. Assigns crews to daily jobs based on work priorities and established schedules.
  • Ensure all production stations are properly manned.
  • Conduct and oversee on-the-job training for his / her assigned crew.
  • Tour the area continually to observe and correct existing and / or potential production problems.
  • Confer with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within departments or between departments.
  • Check condition of felts, pumps, rolls, machinery, and supporting systems.
  • Notify maintenance and his / her supervisor of needs for emergency and / or scheduled repairs.
  • Adapt temporary measures where possible to maintain production.
  • Evaluate the availability and condition of raw stock in line with current production requirements, making appropriate adjustments as required.
  • Check board quality against specifications on a continuing basis.
  • Take corrective action to ensure product is in specification.
  • Report significant quality variations to his / her supervisor as needed.
  • Limit the amount of off quality production.
  • Develop action and improvement plans to eliminate odd lot production and reduce lost time.
  • Maintain operations data, such as time, production, and cost records and prepares management reports.
  • Assist Superintendent(s) in directing the periodic wash-up and maintenance works done on machine shut-downs.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationship between management and unions.
  • Provides leadership for personnel assigned to their department.
  • Enforce plant rules and safety policies and procedures including housekeeping.
  • Responsible for safety OSHA recordable rate (RCR) of direct reports.
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary.



  • High School or GED. BS, BA, or other comparable certification preferred.
  • Eighteen months of education and training beyond high school level in a manufacturing field, or a closely related area.
  • 5-10 years’ experience in general supervisory role that would include strategic planning, resource allocation, manpower modeling, leadership techniques, and production methods.
  • Experience in motivating, developing, and directing people as they work.
  • Experience in inspecting and evaluating the quality of products.
  • Experience in looking at many indicators of system performance, taking into account their accuracy.
  • Experience in bringing others together in an effort to reconcile differences.
  • Knowledge of inputs, outputs, raw materials, waste, quality control, costs, and techniques for maximizing the manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Knowledge of policies and practices involved in personnel/human resource functions.
  • Knowledge of instructional methods and training techniques.
  • Knowledge of equipment, tools, mechanical devices, and their uses to produce motion, light, power, technology, and other applications.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Skilled in active listening. Able to listen to what other people are saying and ask questions as appropriate.
  • Able to manage one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Able to adjust actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Able to apply principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of goods and services.
  • Able to determine when important changes have occurred in a system or are likely to occur.
  • Able to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Physical Requirements

  • Able to speak clearly, so that others understand you.
  • Able to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Able to communicate effectively with others in writing as indicated by the needs of the audience.
  • Able to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Able to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Able to navigate ladders and stairs in a safe manner.
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