Molding - Shift Supervisor (Nights)

Lee's Summit, MO, USA Req #542
Monday, June 24, 2024



The Lee’s Summit Molding department is responsible for the manufacture of plastic food containers using injection molding, thermoforming, and in-mold labeling (IML). The Molding department runs a 24/7 schedule with continental 12-hour shifts.


Reporting to the Lee’s Summit Molding Manager, the Molding Shift Supervisor’s responsibility is to provide leadership and coordination of all shop-floor functions and activities for their shift to meet safety, quality, delivery ,and cost targets and to foster a working environment that is fair, equitable and driven to continuously improve. The Shift Supervisor will manage training and development efforts, reporting, staffing, and metrics for the shift.


The Molding Shift Supervisor will provide oversight to more than 30 team members including Packers, Material Handlers, Machine Operators, Mixers, Process Technicians, and a Cell Lead. 



This position will follow a rotating 2-2-3 schedule on either day shift or night shift.  Overtime will be required for this role as needed, based on production and staffing demands.

  • Days: 6:30am – 7:30pm
  • Nights: 6:30pm – 7:30am


Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Well-versed in injection molding and/or thermoforming.
  • Natural leader with a proven track-record of leading and transforming teams and processes.
  • People-oriented and empathetic with the ability to effectively communicate and build rapport with diverse people from all walks of life.
  • Customer-focused with a drive for results and ability to monitor, analyze, and report key metrics.
  • Demonstrates a sense of urgency and proactively acts to foresee and resolve issues.
  • A strong decision-maker who makes sound decisions under tight deadlines, both independently and within teams.
  • Improvement-minded – identifies growth opportunities and executes to improve errors and issues. Readily learns from and admits mistakes.
  • Works well under pressure and remains tactful in high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to de-escalate conflicts and resolve/mitigate employee issues and concerns.
  • A strong written and verbal communicator who is comfortable with tough conversations; not afraid to coach, direct, correct, and speak up when needed.
  • Has strong reporting capabilities and is advanced in using Microsoft Excel and other tools to track KPIs.




Monitor and Ensure Health & Safety /SQF / 5S Compliance

  • Act as the leader and subject matter expert for the shift.
  • Ensure all team members are trained and performing in a safe and efficient manner using the appropriate PPE when applicable. Provide the training and correction when appropriate.
  • Lead accident/incident investigations and submit reports in a timely manner.
  • Proactively identify and suggest ways to eliminate hazards.
  • Correct unsafe acts or conditions, ensuring health & safety policies are followed.
  • Regularly audit the Shop Floor to ensure compliance with policies and procedures and ensure that inspections are appropriately documented.
  • Respond to Customer concerns using an RCA methodology and the appropriate documentation that will allow a response in the allotted time frame.


Manage Shift Personnel  (Training, Staffing, Scheduling, and Performance Management)

  • Ensure that all team members are treated in an equal and fair manner, abiding by the company Standards of Conduct.
  • Ensure that each shift is adequately staffed to meet the production requirements.
  • Identify vacancies and work with the Molding Manager to use Temporary labor or recruit and hire as required.
  • Identify training opportunities; manage the training plan and keep the Training Matrix up to date.
  • Ensure adherence to standard work and provide timely feedback.
  • Ensure cross-training and back-up support is adequate.
  • Manage the vacation schedule for all direct and indirect employees.
  • Manage and report absences, overtime, personnel moves and other exceptions.
  • Manage the Performance Improvement program including:
    • Dealing with issues and providing timely feedback.
    • Maintaining proper notes and documentation of issues and interactions.
    • Providing proper information to HR.
    • Coaching and counseling Team Members as appropriate.
  • Manage activities of Modified Duties personnel on the shift.
  • Ensure Team Member information is correct and up to date


Support and Drive Continuous Improvement

  • Identify improvement opportunities and participate in establishing the performance metrics and the CI program for the Department.
  • Champion the Continuous Improvement (CI) program to the Shop Floor.
  • Facilitate implementation of changes on the shift.
  • Sponsor, lead, facilitate or participate in specific Continuous Improvement (CI) projects and establishment of Standard Work.
  • Sponsor, lead, facilitate or participate in Kaizens.
  • Promote a continuous improvement culture.



  • Responsible for training Team Members on cGMPs, Food Safety (SQF) and Quality procedures.
  • Oversee and lead the Mentor Program for the shift.





Educational Requirements: High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent.  Post-secondary degree or diploma preferred.

Minimum Experience/Field: Minimum 5 years of progressive leadership experience in a fast-paced, high volume Lean Manufacturing environment.  Experience working in plastics or in an injection molding facility.

Courses Required:

Computer Skills: Good PC skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

Additional Certificates/Diplomas:

Licenses/Permits Required:

Physical Requirements:

Communication Skills: Proven track record of working with people and problem resolution and strong interpersonal, collaboration skills

Additional Education/Experience/Skills: Proven ability to deliver performance results based on company KPIs. Ability to effectively coach, manage, train, and support Team Members. Knowledge of injection molding manufacturing. Knowledge of packaging operations.

Strong interpersonal and people management skills.

Good PC skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications.




  • Ability to anticipate and handle challenging situations effectively, seeking input and involving others when possible
  • Consistently uses good judgement while decision making, analyses problems from different angles to seek alternatives before determining best solutions
  • Demonstrates a strong sense of urgency, assuming responsibility without being asked in order to achieve results
  • Must be committed to meeting the needs and expectations of customers, being open to direct input on a regular basis and using input to make improvements to products and services
  • Maintain an effective relationship with internal and external customers by meeting expectations, gaining trust and respect, upholding a customer focused culture
  • Demonstrates effective negotiation and/or influencing skills when dealing with others

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Job Start Date Monday, June 24, 2024
Location on Google Maps
  • Lee's Summit, MO, USA