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Denver, Colorado, United States

Production Supervisor

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Job ID 54997


As the Denver plant continues to strive for World-Class Manufacturing status, it is clear that growth, change, and an ongoing evolution of our leadership roles are both inevitable and necessary.

The Front Line Leader role is essentially one of leadership.  The person filling this role will accept the personal responsibility to uphold the plant’s effort to create and maintain an environment that trains, encourages and demands that each employee at all levels of the organization becomes increasingly involved in our pursuit of Gold.  There are four core categories to be found under the heading of “GOLD”: Safety, Quality and Productivity, and TPM.  The over-arching principle that will be used to lead people in these four areas is employee engagement, as evidenced most significantly by the Front Line Leader’s own personal engagement.  (Engagement is defined as an active and positive involvement in the processes of the plant.)

The Front Line Leader is accountable to lead the operation and the team.  The Front Line Leader oversees a 12-hour shift operation (nights).  This position is considered a development role for higher level manufacturing operations positions.

This job description covers the most significant duties performed, but does not exclude other work assignments not mentioned which require comparable skills, efforts and experience.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Assists with ensuring all safety training is completed.  Making sure make up training occurs as needed
  • Orientates new employees to the line and line safety through hands on training and communication
  • Educates employees on safe operations – especially as changes occur
  • Effectively communicates Owens Corning’s stand on safety throughout the production department
  • Reports all safety incidents and assists in investigations of all safety incidents, driving to root cause and permanent resolution
  • Never rushes employees
  • Has meaningful conversations about safety to ensure everyone have safety as their top priority
  • Is an epitome of safety as shown by their actions
  • Takes immediate action for correcting unsafe conditions
  • Activates the Axiom system as needed
  • Supervises the sharing of safety communication with everyone in their team
  • Understands and ensures compliance with LTT. Can identify LTT points and assist others in recognizing them
  • Is willing and able to make the call to shut down the plant for safety related concerns
  • Shows respect for potential hazards within the manufacturing processes and uses pre-JHA’s to plan work and to assist Maintenance with machine work
  • Checks to ensure safety steps are followed during upset and/or downtime conditions
  • Makes decisions on controlling use of LTT, partial power and line break situations
  • Obtains 100% completion of monthly items from everyone in their team
  • Builds a team that enters Pink Card in a frequent basis to address safety risks
  • Ensures everyone stops to think and plan non-routine tasks
  • Ensures environmental processes are not put at risk
  • Instantiates corrective action for violations under the safety standard


  • Reviews quality scrub data when downtime/slowtime/process changes occur to ensure quality requirements are met (examples: product change, raw material changes or condition changes, granule voids/sticker)
  • Supervises the completion of quality checks, lab checks and the use of First Article and End of Line Testing to protect customers from quality defects
  • Understands testing value (SPC) and what it means to impact quality
  • Has a high attention to detail
  • Ensures all quality checklists are filled out as required for machines to make sure quality products are going out the door – this includes visually inspecting the product and taking corrective action as necessary
  • Uses Root Cause Analysis to follow up on quality concerns
  • Has a team that properly documents defects
  • Quick decision making on not creating losses from putting product at risk
  • Builds a team that documents all quality losses
  • Understands and communicates Owens Corning’s expectations throughout the operations department, and ensures all products meet standards and requirements
  • Ensures timely and accurate production to schedules in order to meet or exceed delivery to promise
  • Ensures operational procedures are followed to product specifications, and quality metrics meet customers’ needs
  • Performs root cause analysis with the involvement of operators on all quality issues and resolves them as needed
  • Trains operators on problem solving skills and coaches through resolution
  • Supports TPM team’s innovations and efforts
  • Supports FI Projects on data collection, improvement trials, and provides early feedback
  • Supports management of change on data collection, improvement trials, and provides early feedback
  • Provides input through new MOCs that require change
  • Has a thorough knowledge of quality criteria
  • Ability to identify in spec product and separate it from out of spec product
  • Willing and able to shut down line for Quality concerns


  • Understands productivity metrics and operational equipment effectiveness (OEE)
  • Has good equipment and troubleshooting skills
  • Oversees the use of standard work to minimize variation and waste, updating standard work as needed
  • Supports in the development and implementation of productivity projects and programs to enhance processes
  • Provides input for capital investment projects
  • Has a team with high engagement entering greay cards, red tags, and blue tags
  • Shows high priority for high completion of well done Clean-Inspect-Lubricate activities
  • Documents upset conditions correctly in POP
  • Knows daily losses, documents them, and creates actions to avoid repeat losses
  • Everyone in their team has clear goals to decrease losses and to grow the business
  • Understand and acts on top rejects and scrap losses
  • Can make decisions that maximize profits between safety, quality, uptime, rate, engagement, and yield
  • Demonstrates stronge resource management, planning, and organization skills
  • Maintains clean and orderly work areas and encourages the team to do so as well
  • Understands basic mechanical concepts – know your machines
  • Escalates big risks and losses through the Daily Management System (DMS)
  • Ensures there are break down analysis (BDA) done for major losses
  • Notifies appropriate personnel when there are equipment failures
  • Consistently looks for ways to improve the process
  • Reduces excess use of coating, granules, and mat

Leadership and Talent Development:

  • Leads safety by example – Walks the talk.  Their actions show safety is the top priority
  • No short cuts
  • Lives the Safety Stand, always puts safety before production
  • Listens more than speaks
  • Shows empathy to team members
  • Delegates well to Team and builds an atmosphere where the team does all the hands on line work
  • Safeguards self with Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ensures everyone is adhering to company policies
  • Their actions show care for everyone in their team
  • Is supportive and creates a safe and positive work environment
  • Follows and enforces proper attendance
  • Manages team members’ schedules to ensure there are always enough resources to run safely
  • Is willing and able to shut down the plant for safety and/or quality concerns
  • Willing and feels confident putting product on hold for quality concerns
  • Able to manage personalities and use conflict resolution skills
  • Exemplifies calmness during upset and emergency conditions
  • Always keeps composure and always respects others
  • Act on employee concerns and handles problems or moves them on the next level in the chain of command
  • Able to think under pressure, make quick decisions, and act on a decision in the absence of the shift leader
  • Monitor and enforce all plant and corporate policies and procedures
  • Provide candid feedback on expectations and performance to all members of team on a regular basis
  • Actively lead and build effective work teams to increase plant performance and drive continuous improvement initiatives
  • Strong performance management skills to keep all team members in a development path
  • Maintain documentation, counsel appropriately, track and execute coaching and corrective action when performance issues occur
  • Understands that continual personal growth is necessary and is intentionally improving him/herself year after year.
  • Strong team work shown on each of their team’s shifts
  • Helps be a leader for change
  • Leads through and exhibits Owens Corning’s core values
  • Provides training/encouragement/accountability and guidance to improve operator effectiveness
  • Ability to manage downtime with value added work
  • Implements and sustains TPM practices
  • Develops and manages plans for: training, overtime, short crew size, product changes, stops and starts
  • Is reliable in attendance, present and ready to work
  • Has constant communication with Coordinators and other departments
  • Builds trusts through actions
  • Verifies team actions are completed well
  • Helps coach team to work together
  • Holds self and others accountable

Helps develop employees into leadership roles for the future

  • Computer literacy – email, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Graphing
  • Strong presentation skills to lead meetings, huddles, etc.
  • Follows DMS and TPM protocols every shift
  • Comply with all plant rules
  • Comply with safety regulations and maintain a clean and orderly work area
  • All other duties as assigned or needed

Execute Administrative Processes:

  • Input and/or verify payroll records
  • Verify time and attendance reports
  • Solicit overtime when necessary to satisfy operational needs
  • Verify operational data in IPOP and SAP
  • Summarize and communicate shift results


The employee should hold the following abilities:

  • Experience making high – impact decisions in a fast-paced environment- able to think under pressure
  • Experience in manufacturing, industrial or related environment
  • Leadership experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Possess strong change management skills
  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Safety Focused
  • Demonstrates self-knowledge and takes action to continuously improve
  • Leverages own and others’ strengths to achieve results
  • Properly utilizes influencing others and change leadership skills
  • Ability to help team understand the “why” of doing something
  • Above average communication skills – written and verbal
  • Able to lead in a manner consistent with our Business Code of Conduct expectations
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Engaged on TPM implementation


The employee must be able to:

  • Experience utilizing computer programs
  • Ability to learn ERP systems (SAP, POP), and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point)


The employee should have the following:

  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Bachelor’s Degree is preferred
  • Leadership experience in a manufacturing setting is preferred
  • Exposure to Six Sigma or Continuous Improvement  preferred


The employee should possess the ability to:

  • Able to tolerate conditions in work environment: moisture, dust, dirt, noise, temperature extremes
  • Able to shovel wet sand        
  • Ability to stand for 10 - 12 hours straight
  • Able to climb and descend stairs multiple times during a 12 hours shift
  • Lift and push and pull 40lbs.
  • Able to do repetitive hand, arm, leg movements for 12 hours
  • Must be able to squat, bend at the waist and knees freely
  • Bending and twisting
  • Must be able to don all required PPE at all times while in production areas
  • Repetitive Movements
  • Good hand eye coordination
  • Handle, control or feel objects, tools or control

It is a requirement to be a U.S. citizen OR have valid proof of authorization to work in the United States.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position.  Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties.  All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbents(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently.  Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others.  The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global building and industrial materials leader. The company's three integrated businesses are dedicated to the manufacture and advancement of a broad range of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composite materials. Leveraging the talents of 19,000 employees in 33 countries, Owens Corning provides innovative products, manufacturing technologies, and sustainable solutions that address energy efficiency, product safety, renewable energy, durable infrastructure, and labor productivity. These solutions provide a material difference to the company's customers and make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company posted 2019 sales of $7.2 billion. Founded in 1938, it has been a Fortune 500® company for 65 consecutive years. For more information, please visit

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

Please note: Applications must be filled out completely—incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes are welcome, but are not a substitute for completing the application.

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