Production Supervisor

Newark, CA
Dec 09, 2016
Mar 23, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Production Supervisor-NEW01143 Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. Learn more at


Our Cargill Salt
business produces, packages and ships salt for a wide range of market segments:
Water conditioning
Chemical and packaged ice control
We operate more than 20 manufacturing, processing and warehousing locations that make salt from three major production methods:
Mechanical evaporation at facilities in the U.S. in California, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New York and Ohio
Solar evaporation and harvesting from ponds in California, Oklahoma, Utah, Bonaire in the Dutch Antilles, and Los Olivitos, Venezuela
Rock salt mining from underground mines in Louisiana, New York and Ohio
Cargill Salt services a variety of customers ranging from home improvement, hardware, grocery, and convenience store retailers, to food makers/processors, water conditioning dealers, and foodservice and general wholesale distribution. We make more than 1,000 different salt products and package sizes. In addition, we market national and regional brands, including Diamond Crystal® branded household consumer food and water softener salt products, Champions Choice® branded agricultural products for animal feeding, as well as Cargill® and Alberger® branded specialty salt products for food manufacturing customers.
Cargill Salt focuses on equal employment opportunity, and inclusion and diversity when recruiting, making sure we attract candidates from all backgrounds. We believe to be a successful organization, it is essential that our people reflect the rich cultural, ethnic and gender diversity of our markets. We understand that a culture of flexibility is at the heart of work life balance for our people. Our Work Life Integration program provides people with the flexibility needed to meet their personal and professional goals.

Position Purpose

This position within the Salt BU supervises and develops direct reports, leads safety and process efficiency initiatives, training and site capital and expense projects. The position implements and executes all production processes within a single people intensive department and/or highly technical processes, or shift and ensures areas of responsibilities meet BU/Plant standards for safety, quality, efficiency and financial performance.

This position works closely with the location's supervisors and superintendents, departments, EHS managers, QA department, office personnel and plant management to achieve goals set by the BU/plant.

Principal Accountabilities

40% Coach, train and provide management support to team leads and production employees to achieve their individual, department and location's goals by directly supervising daily operations of assigned area to achieve production throughput requirements including work flow, job assignments, scheduling, shift coverage, etc. Also applies disciplinary action when needed.

20% Develop and implement capital and expenses projects that support location goals, administers production budget for a department, process, or shift, executes purchase orders and ensures timely payment of invoices, and is accountable for compliance with department non-base capital investment plans.

20% Directly monitors production outcomes, quantity, and quality to ensure customer and food safety requirements are within specifications and facilitates site communication through outreach and leadership with Production Supervisors, departments, shifts, and BU functions to meet customer specifications and timeline.

20% Executes day-to-day operations of assigned area, ensuring direct reports are following policies and procedures related to employee safety and food safety, including:
- Cargill/State/Federal/Environmental regulations and guidelines
- Health & Safety
- Air emissions
- Storm water management
- Security
- Housekeeping

This position shall have the responsibility to report problems with the food safety management system to identified person(s). This position has the responsibility and authority to initiate and record actions. Acquire and maintain knowledge of HACCP/OPRP/PRP (GMP) policies and requirements to complete all monitoring and/or verifications tasks as outlined by the Food Safety Management.

This position is posted internally as well as externally



• Bachelor's Degree or higher OR 6 years of experience in a manufacturing/production environment

• 2 years of supervisory, project management, or continuous improvement experience in a manufacturing/production environment
• Ability to create an environment conducive to teamwork; strong interpersonal skills.
• Leads by holding self and others accountable; delivers on commitments.
• Strong listening, written, and verbal communication skills.
• Strong problem solving and decision making.


• Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
• Proven success in EHS (Environment, Health & Safety).
• Operations Leadership experience.
• Project management and equipment installation experience.
• Experience with all types of salt processing equipment (pumps & piping systems, material conveyance equipment, milling equipment, packaging equipment, warehouse management).
• Working knowledge of SAP, Maximo, Microsoft Office, and Windows; and capacity to learn new computer systems.
• Mechanical aptitude demonstrated in previous roles.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-CA-Newark

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job