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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  Operations / Assembly

Ottawa, KS, US

Production Supervisor

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Making your next move count

The primary focus for this role will be to supervise a production floor department with responsibilities related to production and material handling of equipment manufactured in the MAU. This position is on the front line between company management and bargaining unit employees and must ensure that the overall operational objectives are achieved in the areas of Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost. 

Main tasks and responsibilities

•    Lead assigned personnel to achieve production schedule
•    Ensure work is being conducted in a safe manner
•    Maintain compliance to all company policies and procedures
•    Coach/mentor assigned personnel in lean principles
•    Perform daily assignments guided by SQDC principals
•    Meet all SQDC goals
•    Focus on proactive activities to eliminate or reduce potential of accidents and or injuries
•    Maintain required documentation pertaining to safety requirements
•    Safety subject matter expert in area of responsibility 
•    Responsible to drive process
•    Drive quality initiatives
•    Provide support for the team leaders and members meetings
•    Address challenges to the work environment / production schedule
•    Drive departmental approach to elimination of waste and reduce operation expenses
•    Support two-way communications as a resource to team leaders and members
•    Assist the group to make decisions via consensus
•    Learn and understand the Union Contract

What you’ll need to succeed:

•    Minimum of 4-year BS degree in Production Management, Business or related technical field


•    Minimum of 3-5+ years of relevant production and supervisory experience
•    Able to work with minimum or no supervision
•    Willing to work overtime including weekend depending on nature of work


•    Skills – Organizational and manpower planning
•    Knowledge – Electrical systems, mechanical systems, budgeting, ability to read Bill of materials, blue prints, ability to use ERP & Sovelia, ISO9001 & 14001, EHS management, and MS office
•    Experiences – Supervision of Assembly/Production groups, preferably in a Union environment
•    Competencies – Leadership skills, Coaching/Mentoring/Motivating personnel

You will be part of:

With us, you will have the opportunity to realize your potential and become an important member of our global team. We offer a supportive, challenging and diverse working environment with competitive compensation and fantastic best-in-class benefits packages, including 401(k), medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans with paid vacation and ten paid holidays.                   

If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career, are motivated and have a strong work ethic, and are interested in working in a world-class, global environment with state-of-the-art projects and technology then we invite you to apply for our role. 

Interested to join?

Please submit your resume/CV today for consideration!


Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2020 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,000 people.