Production Operations Supervisor 3rd Shift

Sweeteners Plus, Inc.

Lakeville, NY


The Production Operations Supervisor will manage production operations in the disciplines of planning, organizing, directing, and running optimum day-to-day operations in the facility.  This position will be responsible for the safe and efficient operations of the facility in a manner that is consistent with company processes and procedures in an FDA regulated industry. This includes managing the workforce, overseeing the training program, analyzing, and utilizing available reports, metrics, and software, and providing workers with the information and materials needed to safely produce the highest quality product possible.    

Essential functions

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  •  Provide leadership, manage, direct, and coordinate overall activities of the plant, and employees to ensure compliance and alignment with leadership. 
  • Develop and execute standard operating procedures, guidelines, and policy to drive day-to-day operations while holding employees accountable to these procedures.
  • Recommend and implement continuous improvement initiatives to increase quality, efficiency, and safety. 
  • Establish jobs or tasks and define them complete with instructions, technical specifications, and environmental compliance policies as applicable.
  • Drive safety rules, compliance, and overall operational performance values.
  • Become an expert of all Ingredients Plus equipment operation including dry granular conveyance equipment, rail car unloading systems of dry granular.
  • Manage the liquid manufacturing process and supporting infrastructure such as boilers, CIP, pumps, piping, silos, and batching technology.
  • Proper handling of food grade products & chemicals
  • Ensure cleaning and sanitization of equipment per GMP processes.
  • Manage time and attendance of employees including timecards, time off requests, and schedules.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory responsibilities

  • Assists in recruitment and retention activities to include interviewing, hiring, training, and coaching.
  • Oversees the execution and quality of training program for new hires to ensure accurate and adequate operational knowledge is gained.
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations and feedback to staff in the department. 
  • Oversees the daily workflow of assigned departments. 
  • In coordination with human resources, handles employee relations, discipline, and termination of employees in accordance with company policy. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of safety, quality, productivity, and plant operations/processes 
  • Computer literacy to include Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of shipping documentation, BOL, COA, MSDS, DOT rules and Regulations, GMP’s. BRC experience preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Flexibility in accepting change and an attitude of continuous improvement.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Ability to solve problems as they arise.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and multiple priorities simultaneously.

Required education and experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • 4+ years’ experience working in manufacturing.
  • Managing a transloading rail operation highly desired.
  • Familiarity with industry standard equipment and technical expertise preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or equivalent in job related experience preferred. 

Work environment and physical demands

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer (including keyboarding).
  • Ability to work in extreme temperatures.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds routinely.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders and walk long distances.
  • Ability to stand, crouch, kneel, and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to bend, stretch, and twist.
  • Ability to reach, push, pull, grasp.


  • The base salary range for this position is $75,000 - $85,000 annually.

Travel required

  •  The home office for this role is indicated at the top of this job description. Travel to other Ingredients Plus locations may be required as business needs arise. 

Affirmative Action/EEO statement

Ingredients Plus is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and military or veteran status. In addition, Ingredients Plus complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every jurisdiction in which it maintains facilities. Ingredients Plus also provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws. 

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.