Production Supervisor

Butler-MacDonald, Inc. is an award-winning and well known company within the plastics recycling industry and the demands for our services are flourishing as the plastics industry grows. We are in need of a Production Supervisor who can help us maintain that reputation and we hope you will consider joining our team!


The Production Supervisor is responsible for the total shift operation in areas of Production; Quality; Associate Relations; Training and Development; Safety; Inventory Control; Security; and Administration of Accurate Paperwork. The Production Supervisor is also responsible for providing leadership and maintaining fairness and equity with associates. This position is integral in helping to ensure the company successfully delivers superior service and value to our customers.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

Essential Functions

Essential functions include but are not limited to the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Supervise, coordinate, direct, develop, and motivate production associates.
  • Perform initial training and sustain ongoing training of associates.
  • Plan and direct production activities and establish production priorities while maintaining optimum utilization of human resources and equipment.
  • Follow SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) to maximize production and ensure quality while maintaining the integrity of the safety program.
  • Meet daily with other production supervisors to share relevant information that may have or will occur on each shift to better understand problems and solutions required to each run being produced.
  • Meet with production manager to schedule production runs in a timely and efficient manner in order to deliver on expectations given to our customers.
  • Ascertain and uphold quality standards and purity levels of material. Correct problems at the source and see to it that all peripheral issues are taken care of as well (labeling, boxes, etc.)
  • Set up and organize jobs.
  • Complete required paperwork in a timely and organized fashion.
  • Ensure sampling is completed as required.
  • Maintain proper inventory, supplies and materials to accomplish maximum production.
  • Administer company policies in all aspects, including performance, quality, health and safety.
  • Coordinate and lead shift meetings to achieve maximum flow of information and communication.
  • Maintain and promote the warehouse and work areas in a clean, orderly and organized fashion.
  • Identify production problems and take corrective action.
  • Review production logs and paperwork handed in by production associates to validate the accuracy of the information required (i.e. location, math, balance, sample data, completeness, accuracy, etc).
  • Coordinate the flow of information between production and lab personnel to assure all information required of a run is being adhered to in as real time basis as possible.
  • Assist in scheduling jobs to run in sequence for optimum efficiencies.
  • Interview potential associate candidates and provide new hire recommendations.
  • Counsel and advise associates with questions in reference to application and interpretation of company policies.
  • Provide performance appraisals and disciplinary notices.
  • Work directly with Human Resources to resolve associate issues and/or provide recommendations for appropriate terminations.
  • Accurately verify time sheets on a daily basis, as provided by HR/Admin.
  • Record absentee information in appropriate file.
  • Document specifics unique to run numbers or systems that may be essential to further and accurately understand the status of a run.
  • Correct mistakes found in paperwork from any shift and relay pertinent information.
  • Assign inventory locations in absence of specifics from shipping/receiving department.


  • Directly supervise, direct and motivate System Operators. Assign responsibilities to associates and offer continual follow up.
  • Provide guidance and ‘dotted line’ supervision to Laboratory Technicians, Shipping and Receiving and Maintenance associates.
  • Provide performance appraisals as required and regular feedback to associates
  • Provide continual follow up to ensure proper procedures and techniques are being used by staff.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training associates; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining associates; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Work with Human Resources to ensure completion of processes and procedures.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


  • At minimum, a High School diploma or GED and three (3) to five (5) years’ experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Skilled at interacting and communicating well with a variety of people, both on a one-on-one basis and in groups, at all levels of education.
  • Ability to present information to top management.
  • Competent to complete performance appraisals and disciplinary notices in a professional manner.
  • Strong ability to prepare and present training and development programs to individuals and groups.
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Above average ability to resolve problems involving associates.
  • Above average ability to think logically in order to troubleshoot, analyze situations, and make sound decisions.
  • Adept in carrying-out mathematical computations in order to calculate figures related to production paperwork and statistics, quality levels and yields.


  • Proficient forklift, machine operating, aerial lift and floor machine operating skills. Must become certified to operate equipment.
  • Understanding of basic mechanical and electrical equipment operation.
  • Proficient computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and e-mail systems.
  • Ability to operate office equipment, including copiers, fax machines, and phones.
  • Frequent use of an adding machine, calculator and industrial scale is necessary.


  • Capable of organizing and handling multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to apply diplomacy toward stressful situations.
  • Skilled in exercising considerable judgment and discretion, and establishing and maintaining good working relationships with all levels of associates.
  • Strong leadership skills with ability to make decisions and enforce them.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position requires almost constant mobility and the ability to move within/between facilities.
  • This position requires the ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • This position requires good listening skills and the ability to speak clearly.
  • This position requires the ability to perform focused work with close attention to detail.
  • This position requires the ability to perceive variations in color and shape.
  • This position requires the ability to maneuver on and off a forklift throughout the shift.
  • This position requires the ability to bend to pick up and move material from floor level up.
  • This position requires the ability to push, pull, lift carry and move material with weight up to 65 pounds. It may also require some crawling.
  • This position requires the ability to visually inspect material for oddities, contaminates and separation standards.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • This work takes place mainly in a production environment with some time needed in an office environment.
  • This position requires working with dirt/dust and noise. Use of eye, hearing and foot protection is required throughout the entire shift.
  • This position requires working with various temperature conditions, and at time, very short spurts of time outside to exchange propane tanks or clean work areas.
  • This position requires use of mechanical and electrical equipment, and moving objects.
  • This position requires work on platforms, climbing stairs and ladders, being off the ground and under equipment.
  • This work is fast-paced and deadline-oriented and requires flexibility within the work day.
  • This position requires flexibility and ability to work various shifts.
  • This position requires a strong ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • This position requires working independently with minimal supervision.
  • This position requires continuous working and interacting with others.

Butler MacDonald Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or veteran’s status. Butler MacDonald is committed to operating a “Drug Free Workplace” per-employment drug testing is required.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $45,000.00 - $80,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • Manufacturing: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Supervising: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Leadership: 2 years (Preferred)

Shift availability:

  • Day Shift (Preferred)
  • Night Shift (Preferred)
  • Overnight Shift (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

Salary Range
$46,000.00 - 66,000.00
per Year
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Indianapolis, IN 46278, US
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