The RequirementsTo be a good fit for the Production Supervisor opportunity you should have:
- A high school diploma or equivalent.
- At least 2 years of supervisory experience in manufacturing, including overseeing line employees. Automotive industry experience is a plus, and a Tier I background would be ideal.
- Experience supervising teams of at least 40.
- Good technical understanding of processes and machinery.
- Proficiency in basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Excel and Word).
- Experience in union environments is preferred but not required.
- The ability to multi-task and handle high-stress situations in a fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated organizational, leadership and communication skills.
- Excellent written, mathematical and analytical skills.
- A proactive approach and the ability to "think on your feet."
- Solid problem-solving skills.
The RoleOur Chicago facility has about 300 employees involved in material handling, assembly, and material sequencing. Our main deliverables are fascia, or front and rear bumper assemblies, and overheads, or interior cabin headliners/ceilings.
You will supervise teams of 50 or more Operators and you may work in different areas of production. On a typical shift you will start about 30 minutes early to talk with the Supervisor of the previous shift and review your staffing. You'll walk the line to ensure you have a full staff and, if necessary, call in people to cover if there are gaps.
Throughout the course of the shift you will monitor performance, resolve issues, and document various events. For example, if your line goes down, you will contact Maintenance and then gather information about the cause and duration of the down period. You'll document what steps you took.
In addition, you will contribute to efforts to implement new processes and standardize new procedures. We moved our existing operations into a new facility recently, and there are still some processes to finalize. Of course, on an ongoing basis we may implement new or improved processes.
Your specific responsibilities will include:
- Supervising and coordinating all activities of employees assigned to the department.
- Meeting or exceeding productivity and quality standards using all resources and support available.
- Ensuring all department personnel adhere to all safety rules and reporting on unsafe conditions as soon as reasonably possible
- Directing the department in a manner that promotes high morale, teamwork, pride, productivity and quality.
- Ensuring that job performance problems and conflicts are resolved fairly in accordance with the Employee Handbook with assistance of Human Resource Department.
- Supporting / assisting with launch activities as required or requested.
- Coordinating required equipment repair with Maintenance and/or Tooling Departments.
- Communicating with team leads and members of the department by continually updating them on all information affecting the efficient and safe operations within the department.
- Acting as liaison with all supporting departments to resolve problems.
- Accurately and promptly completing all paperwork associated with the position (corrective actions, scrap reports, production reports, downtime, employee evaluations, etc.)
- Coordinating production part rework, repair or tear down as needed.
- Documenting all activities as required.
- Adhering to all company guidelines for Emergency Evacuation to ensure employee safety.
- Handling any additional responsibility deemed necessary by management.
More Good ReasonsCareer development -- history shows that strong performers can move up in our organization. A typical next step up from this role would be to an Operations Manager position. In addition, you might pursue opportunities in multiple areas, such as assembly, material handling, quality, and others.
Excellent compensation -- in addition to a competitive salary and bonus incentive program, we offer comprehensive benefits. Our benefits include comprehensive and affordable medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance programs; a 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; tuition assistance; in-house training; company-paid employee life insurance and short-term disability insurance; voluntary employee life insurance and long-term disability insurance; voluntary spousal/dependent life insurance; paid holidays; and paid vacations.
Value-driven company -- Dakkota CEO Andra Rush has created companies that do more than generate profit: they impact the local community and economy by providing training and putting Americans to work. Rush was honored by President Obama in his State of the Union address in January 2014, along with GM CEO Mary Barra, for demonstrating the "strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams."
Building community, creating jobs -- at Dakkota we strive to enhance the communities where we live and work by being environmentally and socially responsible and ensuring fair and equitable employment. We provide multiple opportunities for employees to make a positive impact on their community by devoting volunteer hours and resources to local charities, as you can see in the pictures here. We're always looking for new ways to make a difference. Our employees have supported organizations like the United Way, Salvation Army, and Autism Speaks, as well as local food banks and schools.
Great environment -- you will find a collaborative culture at Dakkota in which people enjoy working together toward common goals. In fact, we have vision and culture committees to help clarity and communicate those values. We are also strongly committed to diversity and have been awarded the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Console (MMSDC) Supplier of the Year Award the last three years. We also celebrate with birth announcements, seasonal picnics and parties, employee service awards, and more.
Keys to SuccessTo excel in this role you will have the interpersonal and leadership skills to lead diverse personalities. On the whole you should use a collaborative and motivating approach, but at times you will need to be assertive.
The pace is fast and there will be a lot to monitor and handle. For example, you'll need to keep an eye on inventory and, if you're running low, request more. If an issue arises, you'll need to reach out to the appropriate people ASAP. Some tasks you can delegate to the team leads and others you'll need to handle yourself.
In addition, in order to be an outstanding Production Supervisor, you will:
- Bring a strong sense of urgency to our fast-paced, high volume environment.
- Pay close attention to details while also grasping the big picture and how the details fit into it.
- Manage multiple activities and priorities effectively.
- Remain flexible and adaptable as priorities change.
- Keep a constant eye out for opportunities to cut costs or improve processes and efficiencies.
About UsDakkota Integrated Systems was formed in 2001 to create a minority contract supplier that could thrive in a fast-paced, cost-competitive environment to support automotive original equipment manufacturers. We have excelled at delivering quality, process control and innovative solutions for warranty and sustainability concerns to address our customers’ needs.
Outstanding customer service and agility have propelled Dakkota from one facility with one customer to 13 facilities with GM, Ford, Chrysler, and many other customers in 13 years, earning launch and supplier partner awards along the way. Dakkota was among the first automotive suppliers to be awarded complete interior integration programs for General Motors. We dedicate resources to each new program and co-locate with our customers for a fully integrated approach.
Our in-house capabilities include:
- Extensive use of proven engineering disciplines: DFMEA, GD&T, FEA, VE/VA, and PFMEA
- Development of assembly tooling and fixtures
- Packaging development and validation for complete systems, including customer-directed components
Our vision and culture are firmly based on our high regard for our customers and solid respect for our employees. Dakkota strives to be considered to be one of the best places to work in North America, to maintain our reputation for best-in-class customer service, and to be known as a company that is "built to last."
Video: the March 2017 edition of Driving Dakkota, our video blog, provides an overview of our company's current activities including Business Updates, Great Ideas and Community Service.