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Production Lead

Company: Ajinomoto Frozen Foods
Location: Carthage
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:


Responsible for a production line or area to ensure production schedules are met and company standards and procedures are strictly followed. Supervises production personnel in meeting daily production requirements.


  • Ensure that equipment is properly set up and that all other make-ready functions are carried out prior to the start of production. Verifies and controls standard weights, maintains proper coding and reports any substandard equipment problems.
  • Oversee the activities of production teammembers so that quality, sanitation standards, safety standards, production procedures, and scheduling requirements meet standards. Includes Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's).
  • Assign work to production employees. Follow up on assignments, monitor progress and make task-related decisions to meet quality and schedule requirements.
  • Maintains discipline of employees under their jurisdiction, in accordance with established rules and regulations. Initiates verbal and written warnings and recommends further disciplinary action as required.
  • Prepare reports concerning activities as required on a daily basis and assure that all reports are complete and accurate.
  • Monitor and communicate with processors continuously regarding the blending of raw material mixes to ensure they are prepared in accordance with company standard formula and maintain consistency. Collaborate on any needed adjustments concerning moisture and texture, etc. Assures batches of filling are mixed and delivered on a just-in-time basis to maintain high consistency batch-to-batch with minimum deviation from formula.
  • Monitor production processing records to assure all record keeping is in line with company procedures and monitors product line performance at requested standards.
  • Monitor inventory levels three (3) days in advance to ensure scheduled production has needed raw materials available and in-house as required.
  • Assures timely and proper storage of rework scrap. Schedules usage of rework scrap to keep levels reduced to a minimum.
  • Train or delegate training of employees as required. Evaluate skills and performance of employees and make appropriate recommendations for improvement.
  • Ensure employees follow all safety procedures.
  • Make suggestions regarding improvements in production methods, including use of available personnel.
  • Perform when necessary production tasks in conjunction with above responsibilities.
  • Keep Production Supervisor/Manager informed of all situations, activities, and deviations from normal operations.
  • Expected to quickly gain proficiency when new procedures, equipment, methods, etc., are added or changed.
  • Promote a positive team oriented attitude.
  • Maintain communication at shift change between production leads regarding any situations that may have or may impact production operation.
  • Assure all company quality standards are maintained.
  • Perform all other work as required.


QUALIFICATIONS :To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Six months or more manufacturing experience required
  • Basic knowledge of basic math skills
  • Ability to read, writes and communicate effectively .
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, ability to effectively train, assign and monitor
  • Basic understanding of HACCP and food safety concepts


Ability to read, write and communicate effectively and directly to management. Must be able to comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.


Knowledge of basic math skills, ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and extreme cold. The employee is occasionally exposed to vibration. The noise level in the environment is moderate.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is regularly required to lift up to 10 pounds. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 25 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 50 pounds. The vision requirements include: close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Keywords: Ajinomoto Frozen Foods, Springfield , Production Lead, Other , Carthage, Missouri

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