Job ID R-488157 Date posted April 8, 2024

Manufacturing Supervisor

Job Description Summary

Job Description

We are the makers of possible 

BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world. Advancing the world of health™ is our Purpose, and it’s no small feat. It takes the imagination and passion of all of us—from design and engineering to the manufacturing and marketing of our billions of MedTech products per year—to look at the impossible and find transformative solutions that turn dreams into possibilities. 

We believe that the human element, across our global teams, is what allows us to continually evolve. Join us and discover an environment in which you’ll be supported to learn, grow and become your best self. Become a maker of possible with us. 

The Manufacturing Supervisor reports directly to the department Cell Leader(s).  Facilitates the safe execution of daily activities related to the manufacture of components and/or finished product in the department.  Provides servant leadership and motivation to technical and hourly associates to achieve desired quality, quantity, service, and cost standards through safe and proper utilization of materials and equipment.


  • Provide Leadership in a facilitator role to assigned technical and hourly associates to achieve departmental quality, quantity, service, cost, and safety goals. 

  • Facilitate team meetings as required and participate in associate projects as a team member.

  • Assures compliance to appropriate regulatory requirements.  Initiates corrective activities when not in compliance and advises departmental Manufacturing Manager Cell Leader of noncompliance and proposed corrective activities. 

  • Instructs and facilitates training of associates in the performance of their job in a safe and efficient manner, following prescribed procedures as detailed in the job description, VO’s, VS’s, VT’s, ECO’s, JSA’s and hazardous materials communication requirements.

  • Recommends and/or initiates personnel activities such as selection, transfer, discharge, disciplinary actions and associates complaints in a fair, consistent and timely fashion to align with company Human Resources policies and BD Core Values.

  • Recommends, initiates, or facilitates measures from associates to improve production methods, equipment performance, product quality, changes in working condition and use of equipment to increase efficiency, improve quality and reduce waste.

  • Coordinates weekly production schedules with Materials Control to assure timely issuance of work orders and materials vital to enhance operating efficiencies and service levels. 

  • Analyzes work order variances and coordinates works with Accounting  the materials coordinator and Cell Leader on corrective activities to resolve material variances.

  • Ensures that hourly teams strictly follow  the departmental preventative maintenance standard work procedures program to assure equipment is properly maintained to minimize downtime and meet FDA, EPA, and OSHA requirements.  Ensures that PMs are properly planned relative to advance preparation of needed materials and resources and drives urgency and accuracy for timely restarts.

  •  Issues request and supervises completion of all service and repair work to be performed necessary to maintain safe, clean, and efficient operation. Does whatever it takes to ensure their teams get the resources, repairs, standard work procedures, and support to win, (Servant Leadership)

  • Ensures that all direct reports provide DHR accuracy and Maintains a working set of VO’s, VS’s, VT’s, QA Specifications and ECO’s required to support the manufacture of components and finished goods under plant and FDA quality regulations. 

  • Maintains appropriate manufacturing documentation.

  • Initiates and maintains accurate records and reports of daily production, and waste, lot component and process inspection data sheets, inventory documents departmental associate contra charge sheets, Division Factory Work Order charges, associate status changes, levels of absence, disciplinary warnings, and any other records vital for the satisfactory performance of the operation.

  • Owner of the TMS (Tiered Management System) Tier 1 and Tier 2 on their shift, drives daily problem solving, urgency, and calls out issues they cannot resolve with their own team.  Prepares the T2 board in advance of the daily T2 meeting and is clearly knowledgeable about the WIN opportunities on their lines.  Drives ownership and gains commitments on resolution from resources to ensure that problems are resolved. 

  • Responsible for actively  partnering  and building teamwork with Process Engineers to improve line efficiency and reduce waste.   Ensures that Process Engineers create and modify the standard work procedures as necessary for success.  And communicates repetitive issues needing redesigns to the Process Engineers so that improvements can be made.  

  • Responsible to ensure that all operations associates follow the prescribed standard work and set up procedures without fail.  Supervisor learns and understands all operations standard works such that they can assist with problem solving and coach those associates with opportunities.

  • Sustains and improves BD Excellence standards for Safety, 5S, TMS, People (training) and TPM (Total Productive Maintenance)

  • Participates in Lean Kaizen Events to continuously  improve business performance.  

  • Addresses poor performance in a timely manner and holds associates accountable for follow all safety, quality, and operational rules including adherence to attendance and break polices.

  • Leads by example and firmly supports the goals and strategies of plant leadership with all plant personnel.   

  • Creates an environment where trust and respect is earned by being a good listener, getting in the arena with their teams as needed to resolve problems, spending the majority of their time on the production floor, and going above and beyond to help their teams win.  (Servant Leadership).

  • Actively presents ideas to their Cell Leader to drive OEE and waste reduction.  Takes a proactive role in continuous improvement and drives actions that produce results.

  • Continuously learns the function of the equipment within the department and develops expertise with the associated standard work that their associates must follow. 

  • Creates an environment where their reports trust and respect the consistent and fair enforcement of expectations while fostering and open door policy where associates are comfortable raising concerns and needs.   

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Provides servant leadership, direction, and supervision for non-exempt associates, including writing performance reviews.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Performs other duties as required by Cell Leader or Associate Director of Manufacturing for the business unit.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent High School Diploma/GED with 10 years of supervisory (leadership) experience

  • Degree field of study in technical or business-related field highly desired

  • 2 years of supervisory /leadership experience in a manufacturing environment required

  • Able to work 12 hour night shift, 7pm-7am on a 3, 2, 2, 3 schedule

  • Computer Proficient in Microsoft Office including Excel required.

  • Must have demonstrated leadership abilities; excellent organizational & critical thinking skills; high sense of urgency; strongly motivated; balanced perspective; and an effective communicator at all levels. 

  • Technical competence/mechanical understanding is required

  • High speed manufacturing experience in a technical or lead role highly desirable.

  • Experience in medical device manufacturing, and experience with Lean Manufacturing and SAP preferred.

  • Knowledge of basic Problem Solving Problem-Solving Tools Root Cause Analysis, 5Whys, 4M analysis, and PDCA

  • Ability to apply TMS process for the lines/areas and sets the 24-hour direction for the manufacturing unit.

  • Knowledge of TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) and ability to apply process to improve line performance.

  • It is preferred that manufacturing supervisors Must display potential and desire to move to higher management levels within 3-5 years.

  • Proficient in the use of a personal computer.

Work Environment:

  • BD is a smoke-free campus.  Smoking and the use of electronic smoking devices, marijuana, or tobacco products are not allowed on BD property, grounds or in the parking areas.  We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to this policy

  • False eyelashes, press-on fingernails, and Jewelry is not allowed on the production floor including dermals.  Any associate wearing dermals will be required to cover them while working on the production floor.  

  • Shoes are required to be Steel Toe and non-slip for all associates while on the production floor for safety purposes.

For certain roles at BD, employment is contingent upon the Company’s receipt of sufficient proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In some locations, testing for COVID-19 may be available and/or required. Consistent with BD’s Workplace Accommodations Policy, requests for accommodation will be considered pursuant to applicable law.

Why Join Us?

A career at BD means being part of a team that values your opinions and contributions and that encourages you to bring your authentic self to work. It’s also a place where we help each other be great, we do what’s right, we hold each other accountable, and learn and improve every day.  

To find purpose in the possibilities, we need people who can see the bigger picture, who understand the human story that underpins everything we do. We welcome people with the imagination and drive to help us reinvent the future of health. At BD, you’ll discover a culture in which you can learn, grow, and thrive. And find satisfaction in doing your part to make the world a better place.  

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