Whirlpool Manufacturing Supervisor in Amana, Iowa

Manufacturing Supervisor

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: Amana, IA, US, 52204

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 30443

Whirlpool Corporation is consistently recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Respect, integrity, diversity and inclusion, teamwork and the spirit of winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of the world's leading major home appliance company.

Currently, we are seeking candidates for a Manufacturing Supervisor opening to join our operations organization in Amana, IA. Amana, the North American location where Whirlpool’s premium line refrigerators are built.

The Manufacturing Supervisor is a key leadership position that directs and is responsible for the production operation. This position ensures that all daily activities for assembly line are assigned to customer focus and performed in a manner consistent with the achievement of the plant vision and its goals and objectives. This position is a key decision maker and escalation point for value stream issues or decisions across the assigned shift.

Functional Overview

Reporting to the Operations Manager in this role, you will have the principal responsibility for 3rd shift processes (midnight to 7am ) for one assembly line and own shift metrics around Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery performance and production objectives in the department. You will have people management responsibilities for between 100-150 hourly production employees. Additional assignments and l projects may be assigned.

Job Responsibilities

Has responsibility and accountability for an assigned area in the production facility, leading a team of 100-150 hourly employees in attainment of S.Q.D.C (safety, quality, delivery and cost) goals and objectives

  • Lead your area to achieve safety, quality, delivery and cost targets

  • Meet financial and productivity goals

  • Conduct audits in your area of responsibility for 5S, quality, and standardized work

  • Ensure a safe and clean work environment.

  • Drive Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and daily performance on the shift

  • Oversee and audit KRONOS for hourly associates.

  • Schedule manpower for the shift

  • Support all WCM (World Class Manufacturing) initiatives through participation in focused area improvement activities to create a continuous improvement culture with all production workers

  • Complete administrative paperwork (reports for safety, HR, payroll, attendance, vacation, etc.)

  • Participate in problem-solving activities and the execution of activities defined in that process preferred understanding of WCM methodology

  • Lead or assist in projects to improve safety, quality, and/or cost metrics.

  • Work in a cross-functional environment with other departments to maintain equipment, meet schedules and to accomplish department goals.

  • Monitor and measure key indicators of department performance.

  • Communicate effectively with associates, peers and division leadership to effectively manage the department.

  • Demonstrate Whirlpool Values and a Spirit of Winning.

  • Manage employee issue resolution activities within your department

  • Engage in honest, open and factual communications in a professional manner

  • Be proficient with key computer programs such as Word, Excel, Google, SAP, KRONOS, and other Whirlpool software.

  • Move throughout various departments throughout Amana Operations.

  • Resolve conflict in a respectful, confidential manner

  • Plan, organize and prioritize tasks as well as set expectations for the team leaders that are reporting to you.


  • High School Diploma or General Educational Development (GED)

  • 3+ years’ experience in managing employees in a manufacturing environment


  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Assembly Line experience preferred

  • Must be highly motivated, with excellent organizational skills and leadership behaviors.

  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing assembly operations desired and ability to learn company philosophy, division policies and procedures.

  • Good communication skills, verbal and written are essential.

  • Use and understand applications of various communication and computer technologies; MS Office and Google, KRONOS, SAP

  • Ability to read, write, make oral presentations and communicate clearly to all levels of the organization.

  • Excellent planning and conflict resolution skills

  • Must value diversity of ideas, opinions, experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives needed to foster a competitive global business environment

  • Proven ability to multi-task in a fast-paced manufacturing environment


About us

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2017. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.

At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

Additional information about the company can be found on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.

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