Manufacturing Supervisor

Reno, NV, US, 89434

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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The Manufacturing Supervisor manages the daily operation of multiple production lines in a high speed, high volume manufacturing environment.  The incumbent develops and implements activities in production area(s) to meet safety, quality, and production design goals in addition to cost objectives and promotes a strong team atmosphere.  As a member of the Production Department, the Production Supervisor reports to the Department Manager.


What You’ll Do: 


Leads and supports the plant safety programs by:  (20%)


  • Promoting a safety conscious culture through actions and accountability;
  • Providing daily updates on safety issues and training topics to the crew;
  • Performing incident investigations as needed for personal injuries and property damage;
  • Identifying and correcting hazards in the plant, both safety and environmental;
  • Holding individuals accountable for work area and general plant housekeeping; and
  • Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to safety.


Verifies conformance of material being produced to meet or exceed the 98% first pass quality standard by:  (20%)


  • Monitoring quality parameters of material produced and make adjustments as needed (Green Sheet, LECO, MOR, ILB);
  • Ensuring all employees are properly trained on quality specifications and are accurately using testing equipment;
  • Actively pursuing and correcting issues that negatively effect the quality of the board;
  • Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to quality; and
  • Promoting quality conscious culture through actions and accountability.


Understands the waste, speed, and delay design for each product on each machine, then meets or exceeds design by:  (20%)


  • Recommending improvements and/or upgrades to optimize throughputs;
  • Becoming engaged in the production run plan and making suggestions to improve;
  • Coordinating daily activities, which include the run plan, clean up, and changeovers to best utilize resources and maximize efficiency;
  • Planning and managing all downtime events on the crew to target 95% plus “time to efficiency” (TTE), this would include but is not limited to, wash ups, product changeovers, size changeovers and unscheduled downtime;
  • Developing strategies to close design throughput gaps and improve TTE; and
  • Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to production.


Actively pursues ways to meet site yield expectation of 95% or higher by:  (20%)


  • Reducing rejects to below 2%;
  • Achieving greater than 95% site yield;
  • Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to cost;
  • Reducing interleaver usage by managing an effective plan to eliminate transit damage; and
  • Effectively managing overtime (OT) at or below 18%.


Creates an environment that promotes teamwork and accomplishment by:  (20%)


  • Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to retention;
  • Recruiting high quality employees through interviews and offsite interactions;
  • Maintaining an environment of mutual trust and respect;
  • Providing clear direction for employees to follow and support;
  • Conducting performance evaluations on a bi-annual basis and ranking the employees;
  • Organizing manning to best utilize each individual contribution to the team;
  • Enforcing all company policies;
  • Documenting all coaching sessions;
  • Promoting training for employees and managing for Level 2 certifications in all positions;
  • Reviewing each employees’ career track with them once a quarter, and then making sure they are progressing on the track;
  • Speaking to each employee one-on-one daily, taking notes afterwards to address or anticipate issues;
  • Communicating daily on the issue of job performance, be fair, consistent and objective; and
  • Praising in public and reprimanding in private.


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.

Decision Making:

The Manufacturing Supervisor makes decisions regarding safety, quality, cost, people and production under the direction of the Production Manager.  The incumbent revises production schedules and priorities as result of equipment failure or operating problems.

Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities:

The Manufacturing Supervisor supervises a crew of up to 16 employees in a continuous manufacturing environment by planning and assigning work, implementing policies and procedures, and recommending improvements in production methods, equipment, operating procedures, and working conditions.

Scope of Position:

The Manufacturing Supervisor improves the working conditions in safety, quality, production, and cost to increase subordinates skills and capabilities through effective management of the operator skill based system (SBS).   The incumbent prepares activity plans for the above and discusses them with the Department Manager on an ongoing basis. 


What You’ll Bring:  


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:



  • Demonstrated ability to effectively take action to solve problems while exhibiting sound judgment and successful stress tolerance.
  • Demonstrated ability to act independently upon information and make decisions that achieve optimal results.
  • Strong interpersonal and written/oral communication skills (bilingual in Spanish a plus).
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma or Qualpro (preferred).
  • Demonstrated intermediate skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary software).
  • Demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others.
  • Demonstrated ability to think ahead and plan over a 30-day time span and prepare action plans to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated ability to measure an employee’s performance to goals.
  • Ability to balance and achieve positive results in the areas of safety, employee relations, quality, productivity and cost.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and prioritize workload while paying attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a strong team player.





  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred).
  • 2 or more years in a supervisor role in a high speed manufacturing environment to include, interviewing, performance management, discipline, training, and development.


  • Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues; problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Aligning Performance for Success: Focusing and guiding others in accomplishing work objectives.
  • Building Partnerships: Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  • Initiating Action: Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.
  • Managing Conflict: Dealing effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.
  • Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  • Stress Tolerance: Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure, or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
  • Continuous Learning: Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application.
  • Information Monitoring:  Setting up ongoing procedures to collect and review information needed to manage an organization or ongoing activities within it.
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills: Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas; keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.


What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees. 

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more 


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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Reno
Nearest Secondary Market: Tahoe

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