Manufacturing Lead

Volm Companies, Inc.

Antigo, WI

Job Title:                              Manufacturing Lead                        

Reports To:                         Manufacturing Supervisor


Job Summary

The Manufacturing Lead is responsible for assisting the Manufacturing Supervisor with the day-to-day operations of the department. The Manufacturing Lead ensures safety and quality standards are met, troubleshoots machine issues, performs basic machine maintenance, and ensures schedules and production timelines are maintained.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Assist Manufacturing Supervisor in developing personnel through use of hiring, training, performance management, coaching, disciplinary actions, terminations, and similar personnel management activities
  • Coach and support team members in achieving department goals
  • Assume Supervisor duties when needed


Essential Duties

  • Support the Safety-First culture of Yellowstone Plastics and Volm Companies by ensuring safety policies are followed and operators maintain a clean and safe work environment 
  • Report, investigate, and document all safety, quality, and process issues
  • Assign employees to machines or work assignments based on schedule priority, filling in where necessary
  • Proactively communicate with Supervisor regarding schedule changes and priorities 
  • Continuously walk plant floor, checking quality, safety, waste, efficiency, and cleanliness 
  • Assist operators with changeovers to help reduce setup time
  • Ensure machines are running safety and efficiently by helping with basic and preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and perform duties of Machine Operators as necessary
  • Help onboard new employees by communicating with new employee, trainer, and manager to ensure the manager understands the new employee’s progress and utilizes proper machine operation
  • Understand production needs and coordinates machine operation to max capacity
  • Utilize Microsoft Outlook to check email twice per shift to keep up to date on communication and issues, updates staff members as necessary
  • Move and stage materials utilizing forklifts and handcarts to maintain the production flow
  • Assist machine operators and mechanics with hands-on machine troubleshooting to ensure production needs are met and machines stay running efficiently.


Required Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate in both the written and spoken language of English to a level that will allow the safe and effective performance of the job 
  • Commitment to following and promoting safe work habits (compliance with all Safety/AIB policies and procedures)
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Capacity to effectively lead a team and comply with employment laws and regulations
  • Ability to effectively work with ERP system, spreadsheets, word processing documents, and other applicable computer systems and software
  • Strong critical thinking, troubleshooting, and analytical skills
  • Capacity to calculate, analyze, and track figures and make competent decisions based on those figures
  • Strong verbal, written, and group-presentation communication skills
  • Communication, teamwork, and customer service skills are critical as employees are expected to work directly and indirectly with all levels of employees, customers, and outside vendors
  • Consistently demonstrates a high level of responsibility and accountability


Education and Experience

  • Minimum of two years of experience working in manufacturing environment that includes knowledge of processes, equipment, parts, systems, and machinery used in the production of flexible packaging preferred


Physical Requirements

  • Constant walking, talking, sitting, standing, repetitive motions, movements requiring fine motors skills and visual acuity
  • Occasional climbing, kneeling, crouching, pulling, pushing, grasping, reaching, stooping, lifting (up to 60 pounds)
  • Work is typically performed in conditions typical of a manufacturing environment though certain tasks/projects may occur outside or in an office environment
  • Safety glasses, steel/composite toed shoes, and hearing protection when working on production floor
  • Work is typically performed in conditions typical of a manufacturing environment though certain tasks/projects may occur outside
  • Employee is generally protected from weather conditions but not necessarily from high and low temperatures
  • Sufficient noise regularly requires employee to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level
  • Employee will be regularly exposed to a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, stored potential energy, and working at heights of 4 or more feet

Employee may be exposed to conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin such as fumes, odors, dust mists, gases, limited ventilation, oils, chemicals, cutting fluids, etc.


Driver Requirements



This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.



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