Manufacturing Supervisor

Date: May 20, 2021

Location: Mt. Juliet, TN, US

Company: Dover Corporation

DESTACO, a Dover Company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, workholding, and remote handling solutions.  The company serves customers in variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life sciences, consumer goods, packaging, aerospace, and nuclear sectors.


Built on a legacy of over 100 years, DESTACO offers a comprehensive portfolio of products to engineer precise movement, placement and control solutions that drive productivity and uptime for manufacturers around the world. The DESTACO family of products consists of industry-leading brands such as DESTACO Manual and Power Clamps, Camco and Ferguson Indexers, Robohand Grippers and CRL Manipulators and Transfer Ports.


DESTACO is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates globally through ~800 employees across 13 locations.


Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $7 billion. The company delivers innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services through four major operating segments: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.”

Position Summary:

The Manufacturing Supervisor assists the Operations Manager in the design of the manufacturing operation for the plant as well as defining the team needed to implement, support and continuously improve the best-in-class manufacturing organization.  This includes the coordination and implementation of systems, processes, programs and policies for manufacturing. Integral to the plant is building a collaborative, high performance culture and work team. S/he is responsible for developing and leading a team that meets or exceeds organization goals for customers including safe and effective production processes, on-time delivery, inventory management, and cost reduction initiatives.


The Manufacturing Supervisor reports to the Operations Manager and working closely with the operations team. This position is located in Mount Juliet, TN and requires the ability to travel up to 10% of the time.  S/he is responsible for assisting in leading and sustaining operations with the focus on the Manufacturing department. S/he is responsible for directing and coordinating production activities in the machining area to achieve plant goals related to safety, quality, productivity, cost and delivery in a low-volume, high mix plant.  


Reporting to the position are CNC Machinists and Team Leads.  The Manufacturing Supervisor works closely with the Materials, Assembly and Manufacturing Engineering teams to schedule and produce metal products that meet or exceed customer expectations.



Essential Job Functions:

  • As a member of the leadership team, fosters a culture of transparency, disciplined problem solving, high performance work teams, and continuous improvement.  Strives to ensure the appropriate team, tools, and processes are in place to support these desired cultural traits.
  • Leads and promotes safety awareness with other key members of the plant team.  Promotes accident prevention and employee involvement in regard to a safe work environment.  Ensures employees have an understanding of the safety expectations of the organization.
  • Leads and fosters the continuous improvement roadmap for the manufacturing team.  Leverages continuous improvement tools to drive continued operational improvements and ensures engagement of the entire manufacturing team through strong communication and clear direction.
  • Supervises team on a daily basis, while ensuring safety, quality and productivity requirements are met.
  • Assists with selection and development of the plant manufacturing team with support from the Manufacturing Manager, following the recruitment and selection process for successful hiring.
  • Assists Manufacturing Manager with planning and reviewing operations, establishing priorities and sequences for manufacturing products to maximize productivity and utilization of equipment and human resources, and enabling plant projects with engineering, maintenance and manufacturing.
  • Continuously improves production planning to meet customer expectations and achieve plant and company goals.
  • Reviews production, quality, maintenance and operating reports to anticipate or resolve production or quality problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays on an as needed basis. Supports effective data and reporting through Oracle.
  • Responsible for executing and completing daily work schedule, and ensuring quality of production outputs.
  • Proactively responds to abnormal conditions such as production disruptions, working with engineering, quality and manufacturing team to implement counter measures.
  • Communicates daily with Manufacturing Manager, escalating issues in the department as required to maintain production.
  • Develops or revises standard work, operational and working practices.
  • Coaches, provides feedback to and develops manufacturing team members.   Motivates and manages the production team to achieve annual goals/objectives set at the individual and organizational level following the performance management process.
  • Supports and implements established and continuously improving production processes in an excellent and cost effective way using continuous improvement and lean processes and tools as part of the Company’s standard operating system.
  • Leverages continuous improvement tools for continuous improvement.


Leadership Competencies

These competencies are aligned with Dover and executed in DESTACO with appropriate expectations for the job level:

  • Attracts, Develops and Retains TalentCreates a learning environment that recognizes and maximizes the potential of all employees. Develops high potential individuals for future strategic needs.
  • Results DrivenProduces results that exceed Dover’s strategic objectives via a combination of planning and implementation, while living the Dover Values.
  • Change LeadershipAligns an organization and its people to drive for improvement and adopt new, challenging directions. Energizes a whole organization to want to change in the same direction. Influences others in a mature and empowering manner.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

  • Flexible, with strong teamwork orientation
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including experience coaching and training others
  • Strong organization and problem-solving skills; analytical and creative
  • Strong orientation toward quality, safety and continuous improvement
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Commitment to lean principles
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively implement change
  • Ability to work in teams, provide project status, and maintain a high level of communication
  • Ability to multi-task and manage stressful situations
  • Strong customer mindset




  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience in manufacturing required; experience in automotive, low volume – high mix environment, and machining environment preferred.
  • Experience with ERP system required (Oracle preferred).
  • CNC machining experience required.
  • Working knowledge of continuous improvement (CI) practices, including Just-In-Time (JIT), Kanban, and other CI and lean practices a plus.



Education and Certification Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred


Physical Requirements: (To be met with or without accommodation)

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Stand 10 hours a day
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Eye hand coordination and attention to detail
  • Ability to bend, twist and turn

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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