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Title:  Production Supervisor

Req ID:  14397
Category:  Manufacturing Operations
City:  St. Louis
State:  MO
Postal Code:  63133

At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

Supervises and leads teams of employees in the tasks related to the efficient production of STERIS, St. Louis Operations products.  Responsible for the execution of work schedules and for the safety, productivity and quality of the work area as well as the Lean objectives of the department.  Operations supervised may include one or more of the following: processing, packaging, repackaging, shipping and receiving, or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Supervises production activities to meet production schedules and to maintain all required quality specifications through the use of manual/semi-automatic equipment.


  1. Maintains a safe working environment by fully implementing the World Class Safety initiatives and culture of STERIS Corporation, instructing employees in established safety practices, and enforcing them at all times.  Responsible for keeping safety equipment in good working order.


  1. Monitors production quality and assures that company standards are met.  Monitors and follows all production SOP’s including all company, FDA, ISO and cGMP requirements.


  2. Responsible for the timely requisitioning of required supplies from appropriate sources in order to meet production schedules relative to the current Kanban and J.I.T objectives.


  3. Responsible for meeting production cost standards of both labor and product yield and for reporting all such data.


  4. Supervises and checks lines and utilization of operators.  Participates in the daily Gemba walks and maintains the Production Control Boards and Communication and Assignment Boards in area of responsibility.


  5. Ensures proper operation of equipment including instruction of operators on equipment use and procedures to use to request needed maintenance support.  Ensures equipment is maintained in a clean, safe working condition (TPM).


  6. Supervises general housekeeping in the work area and ensures area of responsibility is kept in good status, keeping aisles clear, pallets properly stacked, and trash removed.  Ensures finished product is current and emergency equipment and electrical panels are not blocked.


  7. Establishes and maintains good relations and open communications with plant employees, while maintaining productivity, attendance and general order required for an efficient production operation.


  8. Responsible for 5S objectives in area of responsibility.


      9. Supports all established Lean objectives and participates in Lean activities as necessary to support the business goals.



Supervisory Responsibilities

Will directly supervise approximately 5-15 hourly employees.  Supervisory duties include:

- Delegate and ensure understanding of job duties and responsibilities.

- Provide a motivating work environment and information on relevant matters including            business objectives, company policies and procedures.

- Measure and appraise performance and provide accurate feedback.

- Respond appropriately to all safety concerns and address any Incident Investigations within    company guidelines.

- Implement and follow up on any corrective/preventive actions as a result of a customer           audit, safety audit, or incident investigation.

- Assist employee(s) in skills/career development.

- Monitor absences and vacations.

Working Conditions

Standard liquid chemical manufacturing and packaging.

Education Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business

Required Experience

5-7 years in a production environment; 3 years manufacturing supervisory experience or equivalent; experience in an FDA/ISO controlled facility preferred.


Must have an excellent working knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and the relative Lean Tools.

Other Information

Nature of Problem Solving

Must balance available resources to achieve daily production and packaging needs.

Must be proficient in root cause analysis.


Empowerment and Decision Making Environment

Must make quick, informed decisions regarding personnel assignment and reassignment, and regarding production equipment use, start-up, shut-down and repair.



Demonstrated leadership skills, excellent labor and human relations skills, strong team orientation, excellent interpersonal and oral and written communications skills, sound judgment, self-starter, strong analytical skills, PC proficiency including Excel and PRISM, ability to assign priorities in a fast-paced and changing environment. Thorough understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices.


Must be able to maintain production operations to provide high quality products within cost standards to our customers with minimal back orders.  Must maintain expenses within budget and support divisional objectives in customer service, inventory levels and schedule attainment.


Must be able to climb heights in excess of 18 feet, climb stairs and stand for prolonged periods of time.  Must be able to operate assorted support machinery and liquid packaging equipment as necessary.



STERIS plc is a $2B+, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with more than 12,000 employees worldwide.

STERIS strives to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Req ID:  14397
Category:  Manufacturing Operations
City:  St. Louis
State:  MO
Postal Code:  63133

Nearest Major Market: St Louis

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