Dean Foods

Production Supervisor

Requisition ID
# of Openings
Manufacturing & Production
Bachelor's Degree
Relocation Assistance

Production Supervisor: Food Manufacturing.


Award-Winning products you can be proud of. 


Dean Foods in Rockford IL is seeking a Production Supervisor. 


Candidates must have supervised production employees for 3 or more years in an environment where product purity is critical and regulated.  A degree is required but may be waived for those with additional pertinent industry experience.


Extras: Leadership, Food processing, GMPs, HAACP and Continuous Improvement experience.


This is a salaried role at a stable company that is part of the nation’s largest dairy processor.   Compensation, Bonus and Benefits, including Tuition Reimbursement, are competitive.    


Must be willing to work additional hours.  Coverage flexes when other members of Production Leadership are on vacation, during monthly inventories, in extenuating circumstances and in a rotation when the plant runs on weekends. 


This will likely be a Third Shift role but, realistically, you should be available to work alternate shifts on a temporary or ongoing basis. 


If you have at least 3 years of experience as a Manufacturing Supervisor within a regulated industry (Food, Pharmaceuticals, Beverages) then please submit your resume. 


No Recruiters, Walk-Ins, Phone Calls, Emails or Mail-Ins, please.  The only way to be considered is through response within our applicant system. 


Dean Foods Company is an Equal Opportunity employer M/F/Veteran/Disability

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local laws.

Job Description & Requirements

Job Description:          

The Production Supervisor directly supervises production employees to maximize productivity on assigned shifts and areas.  This includes planning, assigning and directing work, coordinating weekly CI Meetings, addressing product and employee complaints, and resolving problems.  This person carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the company’s policies, OSHA regulations and applicable laws while following all CI Processes and the Management Operating Structure (MOS). 


  • Works with Plant Management and other Supervisory Staff to assign, direct, review and monitor work of supervised staff to maximize productivity in the plant.
  • Ensures proper procedures are in place and being followed for, production efficiency, quality of product, employee safety, state and federal guidelines.
  • Inspects products to verify conformance to specifications and directs setup and adjustments to machines.
  • Coordinates production schedules and estimates worker hour requirements for completion of job assignments.
  • Evaluates needs in production for daily assignment of duties; establishes or adjusts work procedures to meet production schedules.
  • Recommends improvements to production methods, equipment performance and quality of product.
  • Analyzes and resolves work problems, or assists workers in solving work problems.
  • Maintains time and production records as required.
  • Collaborates with other supervisors to coordinate activities of individual departments.
  • Provide for the supervision of assigned employees in scheduling and daily activities, ensuring effective selection, retention, feedback, disciplinary action and performance management. If a collective bargaining agreement exists, may participate grievances or other contract related activities and discussions. 
  • Trains and instructs employees in regard to production and equipment standards and processes.  Oversees instruction, implementation and enforcement of policies as they relate to employees.
  • Leads by example with the Dean Foods Code of Ethics.  This includes following company policies, standards and specifications.
  • Engages in the typical responsibilities of a manager requiring planning, evaluating, organizing, integrating, and delegating.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or a minimum of 2 years plant experience.
  • Familiarity with Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Experience leading and following Safety/Security Policies and Procedures.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office and other computer based applications
  • Ability to follow all Sanitation and Quality Policies and Procedures, and report and follow through on any deficiencies.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and computer based applications. 
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills. 
  • Ability to adapt to changing organizational and operational needs; ability to lead others through change.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Skill in organization, prioritization, and attention to detail. 
  • Strong team player and leader with the ability to work across multiple functions and disciplines. 
  • Ability to select, coach, develop, engage, and retain a team of employees.
  • Must be able to pass all pre-employment screens (including drug, background and criminal checks).

EEO Statement

Dean Foods considers marijuana (including medical marijuana) to be an illegal drug.  Dean Foods will rescind offers of employment to applicants who test positive for marijuana (unless restricted from doing so by state or local law).   


Dean Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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