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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Supervisor - Essentia in Harlan, Iowa

To supervise and coordinate all operator duties ensuring the production of a quality product processing in accordance with mandated sanitary regulations, current Good Manufacturing Procedures (cGMP) and established company procedures.


Supervisory Duties:

  • Coordinate production area workflow which includes all tasks and appropriate documentation of the following:

  • Receiving / Unloading

  • Dumping / Grinding / Processing

  • Cooking / Drying

  • Packaging / Finishing

  • Warehousing / Storage / Distribution

  • Promote and ensure employees adhere to all established company policies and procedures including safety training, all mandated sanitary policies and regulations. Conduct and provide additional training for production personnel as needed.

  • Ensure fundamental food safety and quality practices maintained to achieve food safety and quality objectives and to support the development, implementation and maintenance and ongoing improvements of food safety programs.

  • Offer plant management input for hiring production personnel and assist with work performance evaluations.

  • Participate in and conduct regularly scheduled departmental meetings to enhance communication throughout the plant and across all shifts.

  • Assist in the discipline of production operators according to company policies and procedures.

Operational Duties:

  • Troubleshoot production process including:

  • Assist maintenance / utility personnel with repairs on equipment, machinery breakdowns or notify appropriate personnel to coordinate outside report services.

  • Ensure flow of production, redirecting production employees to areas of the process needing immediate attention or support.

  • Generate and direct work orders to maintenance personnel for equipment and machinery repairs.

  • Operate company vehicle as required and forklifts and pallet jacks as needed.

  • Maintain a clean production area for safe working conditions.


  • Specific knowledge of industrial production processes, in an edible or non-edible food processing plant.

  • Responsible to assure the products manufactured are safe and meet the customer’s quality standards.

  • Must be able to distinguish if food safety violations or product quality issues occur and resolve immediately or, if unable to resolve immediately, contact appropriate plant management (i.e. the Plant Manager and/or the QC Manager).

  • Ensure responsibilities and tasks are accounted for in Warehouse/Shipping, and Production Operations in the event of absences.

  • If both the Plant Manager and Plant Superintendent are absent, the Production Supervisor assumes the responsibility.

  • If the Production Supervisor is absent, the Production Lead or Plant Superintendent would assume the Supervisor’s responsibilities.

  • Knowledge and ability to:

  • Operate and train personnel on equipment and machinery used in the processing of product.

  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality related to all duties and responsibilities.

  • Monitor the production processes, anticipate production concerns and make effective decisions while striving for continuity of the production process.

  • Analyze, forecast and plan production objectives.

  • Remain calm and professional at all times.

  • Maintain a good employee work ethic and provide a positive attitude among employees.

  • Perform basic and complex mathematical calculations.

  • Work daily and overtime as necessary.

  • Assist in other work related areas as requested.

  • Work in a team environment and implement continuous quality improvement.


Approximate: 8-Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)

Key: Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Frequent

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Occasional

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Occasional

Reaching Above Shoulder - Occasional

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Frequent

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Heights - Frequent

Lifting Weights from 0 to 100 pounds - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 0 to 200 pounds - Occasional

Be Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Office Equipment - Occasional

Operating Computer - Occasional

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Frequent

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Color Definition - Yes

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform

Job Duties - Yes


Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas - Yes

Office - Occasional

Multiple Locations - Frequent

Plant - Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Occasional

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Other - N/A



High School Diploma or G.E.D. certification required. College degree in production or management preferred.


Five years stable work history in areas such as agriculture, production, or manufacturing preferred. Supervisory experience or three years of experience within a food processing plant as an operator or equipment maintenance provider preferred.

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.