Materials Group Leader

Location: Chesterfield, MI

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Location: Achatz Handmade Pie Co. 30301 Commerce Blvd. Chesterfield, MI 48051

Industry: Food Manufacturing

Type: Full Time

Salary: 55 to 70K/Year

Under general supervision, oversees the plant inventory operations during the designated shift which includes Purchasing, Packaging, Shipping & Receiving, Production & Inventory Control, and internal material movement to manufacturing cells plus daily job assignments.  Directs Team Leaders and other Team Members in assigned manufacturing area in the execution of the group’s responsibilities.  Manages group (supply chain, post manufacturing, and internal/external material transportation and logistics) as an operational unit and responsible to accomplish company goals and targets in accordance with all company policies, manufacturing standards and methods, and quality standards for safety, product quality, customer satisfaction, accuracy, productivity, cost reduction, housekeeping, efficiency, training, teamwork, and morale. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Function as a first-line supervisor over team leaders and team members.  
  • Plan and coordinate hiring and placement of team members with his/her Manager.  Monitor and track staffing conditions, work hours and overtime, job rotation, and absenteeism.
  • Understand, execute, and ensure consistent compliance with all company rules, policies, and practices, and takes appropriate corrective action when warranted, in accordance with the terms of the Team Member Handbook.
  • Responsible for managing and appraising team member job performance and recommending corrective action.
  • Develop and maintains positive team member relations centered on mutual trust, dignity, respect, fairness, consistency, two-way communication, teamwork, and harmony.
  • Provide direction and motivation to team members emphasizing safety, quality, efficiency, productivity, cost reduction, and morale.
  • Responsible for leading and maintaining the manufacturing and production system of assigned area, accomplishing department Hoshin goals, and keeping on task with targets and implementation schedule.
  • Utilize Toyota Production System (TPS) techniques to standardize current/new processes and methods, reduce process variation, identify waste, and methodically eliminate waste.
  • Develop standardized work procedures by designing and/or documenting the best work sequence for each process.
  • Direct the work of Team Leaders and Team Members by assigning/re-assigning work stationing and analyze production requirements based on current work situation and production schedules.
  • Direct floor activities through consistent application of Toyota Boshoku Business Practices (TBBP) to ensure all aspects of manufacturing are effective and correct sub-standard situations.
  • Perform the essential job functions of team leaders or team members as necessary to maintain efficient, stable, and continuous operations.
  • Utilize knowledge and skills to maintain the highest level of quality and efficiency possible. 
  • Monitor the flow of ingredients, materials, productivity, and quality including kanbans and inventory levels; take corrective action as needed.
  • Ensure quality goals and standards are met and know how to use the quality feedback loops and systems and escalation procedures.  Confirm that team members use the quality systems correctly.
  • Partner with the Quality department to initiate investigation and containment activities.
  • Troubleshoot daily quality, safety, and production issues.
  • Identify potential and current change points and make the required adjustments need to ensure quality, safety, operational availability, production efficiency (PEFF), and cost are maintained.
  • Be proactive in predicting abnormalities and finding innovative solutions to correct. 
  • Evaluate and analyze problems involving machinery and equipment and coordinates repair of tools and machinery.  Participate in frequent evaluation of machines, tools, equipment, etc.
  • Lead continuous improvement activity for assigned area.
  • Participate in the setting of Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets including safety, quality, downtime, waste, etc. as a method of continuous improvement.
  • Maintain, monitor, and update department and KPI dashboard and graphs, daily, and initiate continuous improvement activities. 
  • Initiate, coordinate, and participate in safety, quality, productivity, and cost improvement projects.
  • Lead the implementation of team members’ ideas and suggestions and management directed initiatives.
  • Maintain a safe working environment for all team members.  
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements, and company safety policies and procedures.
  • Lead, perform, and/or participate in ergonomic exercises, 5S housekeeping, accident investigation, and safety audits and related activities.
  • Lead ergonomic assessments of team member work stations and implement countermeasures and job rotation to improve long-term safe working conditions and team member well-being.
  • Maintain knowledge of procedures concerning Hazardous Waste, Spill Response, and Plant Security.
  • Monitor safety and health of team members to ensure their well-being. 
  • Train and coach team members to maintain productivity and quality standards, in SQF, environmental, safety, quality, job performance, setups, trouble shooting, and continuous improvement.
  • Orientate and oversee all training of team members and assign experienced and/or certified trainers to perform new team member training and cross training as needed.
  • Maintain training matrix for team leaders and/or team members, assuring training is effective and corrects sub-standard performance.
  • Maintain, plan, and prepare department instruction manuals.
  • Ensure further development of team members through performance evaluation, development of training plans, feedback, coaching, and cascade training. 
  • Collect, record, and analyze information while maintaining documentation regarding the activities in the assigned area as defined by company policy, procedure, or practice.
  • Prepare business reports and spread sheets of required data. 
  • Maintain specified records, files and logs of department/shift activities such as production, production problems, ingredients shortages, waste, quality, maintenance, etc. (manual and computer) as required.  Perform other various administrative duties.
  • Monitor and maintain team member time, attendance, and training records. 
  • Communicate frequently with internal contacts on various issues. 
  • Through daily communication meetings, keep team members informed on issues relevant to them and encourage two-way communication.
  • Maintain daily and/or frequent communication with upstream and downstream groups/areas and support departments to ensure efficient and stable operations in a team-based environment.
  • Coordinate communications between shifts for assigned area(s).

Functional (Production Control)

  • Maintain involvement with new inbound/outbound inventory programs when used to receive/ship orders to monitor progress and trouble shoot issues.
  • Manage daily kanban system for assigned area.
  • Print and maintain kanbans to ensure shipments are on time.  Assign truck runs daily. 
  • Ensure on time delivery of ingredients and materials to lines/production areas.
  • Verify daily inventory levels and cycle counts.
  • Ensure ingredients and materials are sorted, rotated, and used in accordance with the inventory handling method (e.g., FIFO).
  • Manage the handling and communication of ingredients shortages.
  • Coordinate handling of PC and logistics issues and concerns.
  • Coordinate finished goods and delivery.
  • Count finished foods bank and ensure data entry in PC information system.
  • Monitor and react to finished goods bank levels.
  • Print shippers and send Advance Shipping Notices (ASN). 
  • Audit all shipments and assure customer(s) with on time delivery.
  • Relay information to other departments helping to meet shipping deadlines.
  • Maintain manifest shipments.
  • Ensure production and shipment data is uploaded into PC information system as required.
  • Assists in taking calls from customers requesting product.
  • Coordinate receiving activities.
  • Receive all inbound orders and analyze to verify order was complete.  Ensure data entry in PC information system. 
  • Maintain constant communication between suppliers (i.e. truck appointments, problems).
  • Contact Production Control staff or customer for broadcast issues.
  • Ensure empty returnable containers/packaging are shipped to correct supplier.
  • Receive raw and frozen ingredient loads, calculate proper thaw cycle, and authorize unloading.
  • Coordinate recycling program to ensure all materials are properly disposed of.
  • Conduct standardized work, 5S, and safety audits of assigned areas and countermeasure issues found. 
  • Inspect and audit areas and equipment daily (e.g., recycle area, mix room, balers) to ensure safety and efficiency standards are met. 
  • Conduct frequent audits of warehouses and assembly lines/production areas to ensure proper material distribution and response to breakdowns or other abnormalities.
  • Inspect warehouse layout and inventory min/max signs to maintain a safe level of inventory.
  • Monitor and maintain rack cleaning schedule and rack repair log book.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:


  • Associate’s degree in Business, Manufacturing, or related field required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Bachelor’s degree preferred.


  • Minimum three (3) years of relevant manufacturing experience required.
  • Minimum two (2) years of leadership or supervisory experience required.
  • Automotive industry experience preferred with ingredients production, quality, or production control experience a plus.
  • Working knowledge and experience with TPS preferred.

Personal/Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job functions of a leadership role.
  • Working knowledge of kanban system, truck/delivery schedules, hazardous waste disposal, and inventory level management.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain certification in Forklift/Material Handling operation and Hazardous Waste handling.
  • Must be able to work a fixed or rotating shift schedule, including daily or weekend overtime.
  • Thorough understanding of company product, trade terminology, quality management and control systems and techniques, manufacturing processes including material controls, work flow, scheduling, kanban, machine operation, and company policies as standards. 
  • Basic math and analytical skills.
  • Ability to effectively facilitate problem solving and resolution.
  • Ability work with a dynamic team and demanding customer(s).
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multicultural work environment.
  • Ability to work with multiple departments and prioritize activities.
  • Ability to read instruction manuals, blue prints, and specifications. 
  • Ability to plan, supervise, and perform functions of assigned areas.
  • Ability to maintain on call flexibility to control abnormal conditions.
  • Ability to be flexible in a constantly changing production environment.
  • Active listener with effective leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to multi-task, handle diversity, and provide leadership through problem resolution.
  • Ability to communicate and work well with all levels of the organization in a team environment.
  • Ability to adapt available skills and equipment to respond to unforeseen demands and/or problems. 
  • Ability to implement plans to control and maintain safety, quality, 5S, cost, and efficiency for assigned areas.
  • Strong organization, time management, and planning skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with tight deadlines.
  • Ability to teach team leaders and team members in basic fundamental skills and facilitate Job Instruction Training (JIT).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.


  • Previous experience working with integrated computer programs and/or applications.  ERP System experience (e.g., Oracle) preferred.
  • Solid working knowledge and demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office and other computer-based applications (e.g., MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Lotus Notes/Outlook, Internet, etc.).

Training Requirements:

  • Must be willing to successfully complete and use training for items below as required by area of assignment:
  • Forklift and truck usage, and pass certification.
  • Cross training for leading other plant support departments.
  • RCRA and DOT hazardous waste requirements, and pass certification.
  • Computer-based software, applications, and systems (e.g., Process Pro, Kronos, Microsoft Outlook, etc.).

Work Environment/Conditions:

  • Office:  Open Office Environment, moderate noise level.
  • Plant:  Various types of manufacturing environments.
  • Standard automotive plant environment with moderate noise level. 
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as safety glasses, Hair and/or beard net, clean over garments, etc. may be required in designated engineering, manufacturing, or industrial areas.  Personal attire standards may apply.
  • Involves moderate or occasional presence of some slightly disagreeable conditions, i.e., cold, dust, heat, odor, etc.
  • Travel:  Minimal
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