Production Supervisor - New College Grad in Ozark, AR at Butterball

Date Posted: 3/18/2021

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Job Description


This is an entry level, developmental supervisory position available to new college graduates. The role will provide frontline leadership and manage a line or area in a Butterball food processing facility in order to produce our products safely and consistently within quality specifications.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Poultry, Animal or Food Science or related field.
  • Completion of at least one leadership course as part of their collegiate curriculum
  • 2 summer internships or co-op experience or equivalent work experience
  • Proficiency in math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages)


  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience in poultry/meat food manufacturing
  • Background in agriculture or farming
  • Has actively participated or held office in a campus or community organization
  • Exposure to lean and or lean Six Sigma practices
  • Bilingual English Spanish



Supervising People and Managing Processes

  • Leads production teams to achieve short and long-term goals
  • Supervises team members and leads team member activities; enables team member growth and improvement through effective goal setting and direction, coaching and feedback and training.
  • Ensure effective use of team member resources, tools, supplies and equipment to maximize process efficiency and plant capacity
  • Conducts routine scanning of department to identify and solve problems associated with equipment operations or processes and escalating issues as needed


Safety and Compliance

  • Accountable for team’s adherence to personal and food safety standards, manufacturing protocols, product specifications and quality guidelines
  • Serves as a role model and initiates proactive actions to ensure team’s understanding of and compliance with all company policies and regulatory guidelines (including USDA, OSHA, DOL, EEOC, etc.)
  • Conducts routine safety, quality and customer facility audits
  • Participates in compliance or post-accident investigations


Continuous Improvement and Plant Engagement

  • Works closely with other plant departments to optimize performance
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement, understands root cause and helps build solutions to within a team-based work environment
  • Participants in department, facility and cross shift meetings


Reporting and Analytics

  • Collects, monitors, analyzes and presents statistical data aligned to product or processing activities
  • Updates daily/weekly department reports (i.e. production reports, attendance reports, pre-flight check list, staffing reports, training reports)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (prior to joining Butterball):

  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, advanced presentation skills
  • Ability to learn and apply new concepts quickly

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (gained when joining Butterball):

  • Skilled in coaching and team member engagement
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing methods, process improvements, problem solving techniques and procedures
  • Familiar with operations metrics, such as yields, lbs. /birds per man hours (PMH), line speeds, etc.
  • Knowledge of:
    • USDA and OSHA regulations
    • HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points)
    • SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)
    • SSOPs (Standard Sanitary Operational Procedures)

Level of Independence: Works with a high degree of supervision through an entry period, thereafter, will operate under moderate direction and moderate level of independence.


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