Production Supervisor

Department: Production Reports to: Operations Manager

Starting Wage: $$$/Hr

Position Summary

Summit Body has served the commercial truck and transportation industry in Portland for over 35 years building and mounting dry vans, flatbeds and refrigerated vans. The Production Supervisor develops and monitors the daily production schedule to ensure customer promised delivery dates are achieved. The position is accountable for the product final inspection, meeting the Company’s production labor budget plan, and on-time delivery, capacity, safety, productivity, scrap, and product quality goals. This position is responsible for understanding the Value Stream and supporting the production/fabrication/mounting continuous improvement direction, and development of foremen to solve problems and implement sustainable improvements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and foster a safe, clean and organized work environment at all times.
  • Develop and monitor daily production schedule to meet the customer promised due dates, and optimize production and mountings productivity using established procedures.
  • Hire, train, develop, coach, direct and evaluate Foreman, and take timely corrective action as necessary and in accordance with company policy. Counsel Foreman to do the same for production staff.
  • Oversee the skills-based pay-for-performance program for the production staff, and coach Foreman on developing employees’ skills and abilities.
  • Perform the final product inspection and ensure product quality standards are met for all phases of manufacture according to the production order and specifications.
  • Monitor and analyze production quality, productivity, and production data for trends and improvements. Take corrective action as required and keep management team apprised of status.
  • Support Foreman in troubleshooting production problems and implementing sustainable corrective action and process / product improvements.
  • Ensure equipment and tools are readily available and in good working order, and preventative maintenance is performed.
  • Document and manage Standard Work Instructions (SWI). Be a sounding board and confirm consistency, fairness, and conformance to the SWI and company values.
  • Ensure the Value Stream Maps’ integrity, observation data for line balancing, and established standard work is followed.
  • Lead production’s continuous improvement efforts towards meeting company goals.
  • Chair Safety Committee and ensure proper recordkeeping and employee refresher training is completed.
  • Understand all applicable company policies, standards and procedures, communicate to all employees in areas of responsibility, and work with Foreman to ensure compliance.
  • Assist the Operations Manager with additional tasks as requested.


  • Associate Degree and/or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience in a related metals and assembly manufacturing environment is highly desired.
  • Experience with production scheduling; and analyzing and utilizing production data for decisions, corrective actions and improvements.
  • Ability to lead, coach and develop employees, and hold them accountable for results. Experience with a skills-based, pay-for-performance program is desired.
  • Experience writing Standard Work Instructions (SWI), and communicating and training employees on the SWI.
  • Knowledge and application of lean management principles.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure while remaining calm and levelheaded. Humble and compassionate for others’ work challenges.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills. Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.
  • Intermediate level computer skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug test and annual random retesting.
  • Must have transportation and valid driver’s License.

Work Environment

  • The factory noise level is usually loud requiring ear protection at all times. The work area has moving cranes, forklift traffic, and will occasionally require exposure to wet conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration. Intermittently throughout the day, the Production Supervisor will be required to work outside in the heat or rainy conditions.
  • Lift, carry, push and pull 75 lbs. consistently; and stoop, bend, twist, climb and stand for extended periods of time is normal for the position.

Work Hours

The normal shift work hours are Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm, and the Production Supervisor’s workweek is typically 45-50 hours with some Saturday overtime to meet customer demand.


Salary range of $65-75K/year DOE, health/dental/life insurance, paid vacation, 401K plan and ESOP participation.



Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Summit Body & Equipment is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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