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Production Team Leader

Date: Apr 6, 2021

Location: Appleton, WI, US, 54913

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Primary Function

Coordinate activities in the manufacturing area by providing direction to staff to ensure compliance with production goals, quality, and safety processes as well as the reducing downtime and waste. This individual also coordinates workflow to ensure high performance standards are met.


  • Accountable for meeting production and quality goals while driving projects to improve quality and reduce costs.
  • Coach team members to understand and meet the company objectives (Safety, Quality, Productivity, Cost and Morale).
  • Maintain a positive relationship between union and company.
  • Work closely with Process Engineering, Maintenance and Production Control to help maximize efficiency.
  • Determine root cause of problems and implement corrective actions to keep from repeating mistakes.
  • Support production needs by filling in where gaps may appear and looking ahead at material needs. Planning to keep production moving.
  • Communicate with customer service to meet expediate needs, notify customers of any shortages or issues. Grouping of orders going to the same customer to reduce freight costs.
  • Suggest training methods and schedules for new employees.
  • Lead pre-shift safety/training talking talks.
  • Creates a work environment which engages its members to achieve compliance with the objectives of manufacturing.
  • Maintains high standards of product quality complying with the guidelines and regulations of the Corporate and ISO 9001:2000 quality standard.
  • Establishes plans to achieve or exceed production and quality goals.
  • Develops and maintains cost reduction programs.
  • Use the most appropriate quality tools for problem solving.
  • Always seek continuous improvement in manufacturing processes.
  • Follows up on daily production results, quality and safety.
  • Promotes continuous improvement ideas generation from staff.
  • Participate in projects for new product introduction and monitors those that are not in these
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.   (business or technical field)
  • Ability to communicate well both oral and written
  • Skilled in relationship building
  • Familiar with MS Office.  MS Excel is a must. 
  • Familiar with e-mail and related protocol
  • Familiar with time keeping system or tracking work hours and payroll.


High School Diploma or GED

Years of Experience

2-3 Years of Supervisory/Leadership Experience

Physical Requirements

  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds, and with assistance

We Offer

Competitive base salary, bonus plan and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Appleton
Nearest Secondary Market: Oshkosh

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