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Reading Truck Group - Production Supervisor

Claremore, OK, USA Req #2673
Wednesday, April 7, 2021




Position Summary:

The Production Supervisor is responsible for leading a group of Team Members in the manufacturing processes needed to produce high-quality product for the Customer. The Supervisor also is responsible for driving Continuous Improvement to achieve the expected Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost targets for the team.

We are a leading manufacturer, distributor and fleet sales expert of premium truck bodies with commercial upfit for vocational markets nationwide. We strive for a pioneering attitude and a focused commitment to innovation in all we do.

Position Responsibilities:


  • Ensures workplace safety and compliance by establishing and adhering to safety, environmental and other workplace policies; responds to identified safety or environmental risks with urgency; proactively communicates and creates a culture of awareness of safety


  • Establishes quality standards to ensure customers are satisfied with the delivered product.; develops and sustains a sense of ownership of quality within area; does not allow poor quality to be passed on; works within and across organization to drive root cause solutions to quality opportunities


  • Uses visual scheduling tools and systems to make status of “ahead/behind” transparent and to ensure the right thing is happening at the right time for both internal and external customers; owns the “escalation” process to drive responsiveness to abnormalities


  • Supports the Value Stream Manger in creating and maintaining capacity/staffing models to ensure staffing (including # of shifts), overtime, and machine/cell capacity are sufficient to meet changing customer demand; proactively makes adjustments in staffing, overtime, machine/cell capacity to maintain and/or improve productivity
  • Monitors the department budget and ensure that resources are allocated properly to meet revenue and profit targets
  • Ensures good material management practices within their area of responsibility


  • Manage cross-training matrices and job rotations to ensure every job function or task is adequately covered by more than one associate, to give employees the opportunity to expand their skills, and to enable the company to meet changing customer demand over time
  • Completes performance reviews on direct reports and provide input to other supervisors and managers regarding associates throughout the organization, as appropriate
  • Develops employees through formal and informal training, coaching, one-on-one interaction, cross training, etc.


  • Complete required reports, such as safety, attendance, quality, efficiency, etc.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Embraces and masters Lean skills needed to drive continuous improvement through their area and across internal customers and suppliers; coaches/teaches associates the Lean skills needed to contribute effectively in the continuous improvement efforts
  • Learns/uses/teaches structured problem solving
  • Supports Team Leads in developing and maintaining healthy Team Improvement Board processes
  • Conducts Daily Layered Audits to protect the processes in place
  • Maintains a Visual Workplace
  • Works within and across the organization to drive continuous improvement activity (specifically Lean) to improve safety, quality, delivery, & cost
  • Works with other associates, supervisors, and departments to drive continuous improvement activity (specifically Lean) to improve safety, quality, lead-time, on-time delivery, inventory, and labor productivity

Leadership Behaviors:

  • Engage, train and coach employees on required skills to be successful
  • Assist in creating and maintaining a culture of engaged employees focused on improving and growing the business
  • Interacts, communicates, and collaborates effectively with Production Scheduling, Materials, Engineering, and other departments across the organization
  • Models Lean leadership of Respect for People, Commitment to Excellence, Trustworthiness
  • Tenaciously strives for continuous improvement

Position Qualifications & Requirements:


  • High School diploma or GED;
  • Associate Degree OR Bachelor Degree - preferred


  • Three years of supervisory experience in a production or manufacturing environment, preferably in a sheet metal, welding, or metal fabrication environment
  • Knowledge of LEAN principles preferred
  • Manufacturing industry or background experience required

Certification /License:

  • None

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated communication and employee development skills, collaborate with a multi-department team
  • Computer skills, specifically Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. Excel skills should be intermediate to advanced
  • Participate and complete external Supervisor Certification Program
  • Effective oral and written communication; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

Supervisory responsibilities: Supervision over department team members

Work environment:

  • Work occurs in a medium-sized production facility, and should be comfortable in production environments performing mechanical work
  • Must be able to wear required Personal Protective equipment (PPE)

Travel: Minimal – Occasional travel by car or airplane may be required

The Reading Group, LLC (TRG) does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, ancestry veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Other details

  • Job Family Reading Truck Group
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Claremore, OK, USA