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Production Team Leader


Ainsworth Pet Nutrition


Title:                            Production Team Leader I


Reports To:                     CI/Shift or Materials Manager (depending on location)


Overall Focus:             Utilizing team members to successfully implement Operations Execution Model.


FLSA Designation:      Non-Exempt       


Salary Grade:   14





  • Ensures a safe work environment for team by demonstrating and enforcing safe behavior.

·        Successfully implement Operations Execution Model.

§  Drives operations results to deliver World Class Customer Service.

§  Is a constant leadership presence on the plant floor.

§  Effectively communicates expectations, provides timely feedback to performance to those expectations, and takes timely and appropriate disciplinary action when necessary.

§  Promotes engagement and maximum effort through demonstrated behaviors and positive recognition.

§  Actively demonstrates respect for all people, product, processes, equipment, and customers.

·        Ensures Food Safety & Quality program is adhered to.

§  All Staff shall be informed of their responsibility to report food safety problems to personnel with authority to initiate action.

§  Provide tools and environment to ensure food safety.

·        Meet all quality measures on product being produced.

§  Sense of Urgency to escalate Quality or Food Safety issues.

§  Provide tools and environment to ensure quality yields are being met.

·        Build and execute effective daily plans to achieve finished goods schedule.

§  Participate in pre-shift meetings, leading assigned portion. Implement mid shift corrections.

§  Make cost-conscious business decisions in alignment with all key accountabilities

§  Understand, prioritize and eliminate losses.

§  Communicate effectively with necessary resources offsite.

·        Creates a positive work environment for team.

o   Build and leverage team to achieve goals.

o   Provide feedback to assigned team members on daily basis

o   Hold mid-year and year-end performance discussion with assigned team members

o   With team, develop and implement state of the team improvement plan

o   Develop team members to successfully perform current and future roles

·        Assumes responsibility for own personal development and continuous learning.

·        Keeps abreast on new technology, methods and regulations related to responsibilities

·        Practices customer intimacy with internal and external customers in day to day responsibilities

·        Lives by the Ainsworth values






(Knowledge and skills necessary to meet organizational objectives)



Education/Training:    BA/BS Degree or Relevant Experience


Certifications/Licenses: HACCP/SQF/BRC        


Experience:     Demonstrated advancement in Food Manufacturing Industry.




 (Abilities required of all positions)


·        Insightfulness

o   Ability to identify key issues and relationships based on information being communicated by a variety of resources

o   Making decisions based on logical assumptions combined with factual information while keeping the organizational values and goals in mind

·        Passion

o   An understanding  of the love for pets and the importance of the pet/pet parent relationship

o   Enduring energy and engagement in the Ainsworth Pet Nutrition culture

o   Be a brand and company evangelist

·        Collaboration

o   Working and communicating appropriately and effectively across roles and departments

o   Understanding and working towards the long term goals of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition as a unified force

·        Customer Intimate

o   Understanding and exceeding the customer's needs and expectations, both externally and internally

·        Candor

o   Ability to use, understand, and learn from unreserved, honest conversations with other individuals, while still respecting all those involved in the dialogue

o   Open, forthright communication that stimulates debate and new ideas amongst a group, as well as with yourself

·        Integrity

o   Does what they say they are going to do

o   Instills trust through actions and behaviors

·        Change Agent

o   Can adjust to a new environment quickly

o   Accepts change as a way of life and works proactively to adapt



(Abilities required of this position)


·        Proficient of Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, Power Point & Outlook.

  • Knowledgeable of problem solving and process improvement tools, methods and LEAN.
  • Sense of urgency to escalate issues when needed.
  • Ability to create a positive work environment.
  • Ability to lead team to execute daily plans and achieve results.
  • Ability to coach team members.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.



(Necessary to perform essential functions of job with or without an accommodation)


·        Climb ladders and bins

·        Maneuver in tight spaces

·        Ability to lift 50+ lbs. repetitively

·        Differentiate between colors

·        Work in extreme temperature conditions (hot or cold)



Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time



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