Production Lead in Fort Madison, IA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 9/8/2021

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Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

At Scotts Miracle-Gro we think people are like the right place you will grow and flourish. Are you an advocate of making the world a more beautiful place by inspiring others, championing new ideas and being intellectually curious? Are you not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty?  If so, then we want you as part of our Scotts family… the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden care products!

We are looking for a Production Lead for our night shift who will grow at our Fort Madison, IA liquid filling production facility. If you enjoy being part of a team of highly effective individuals in a fast-paced, high energy work environment and have the capacity to positively influence and drive a culture of safety first attitudes then you will thrive as the Production Lead at our Fort Madison, IA production facility.  

What you'll do in this role:

  • Be a part of a duo of team leads responsible for assisting the production supervisor in directing a workforce of approximately 80 full time and contract associates performing tasks associated with operating liquid filling packaging equipment and manual applications. 

  • Influence positive change and associate lead activities for safety, quality, and plant improvements through communication and leading by example.

  • Impact safety through leading by example, ensuring associates adhere to plant safety rules and programs, participation in safe behavior processes and programs and perform investigations and provide detailed documentation as it pertains to safety incidents, including root causes and corrective actions.

  • Ensure plant quality procedures and policies are executed and conduct audits as needed. Audit manufacturing inspection protocols to ensure completion and accuracy.

  • Perform administrative tasks to accurately track labor, record downtime, and production output and ensure that equipment changeover procedures, work instructions and standard operating procedures are followed as specified. 

  • Obtain, record, and explain both written and verbal, variance to shift targets, machine breakdowns, off quality products, and labor inefficiencies and participate in creative solutions to overcome rate gaps.

  • Identifying constraints and inefficiencies in real time production, evaluating alternatives, and providing a direction and course of action to associates that is safe,  maximizes efficiency and is cost effective.

  • Communicate and relay information to peers and supervisors concerning the performance of the production line as it pertains to the assembly, operation and performance of the line and continuously look for methods, procedural changes, or equipment modifications to improve line output and efficiencies..

  • Communicate and collaborate with support areas within the plant to achieve plant targets for safety, performance and quality. 

  • Ability to use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to inspire and guide individuals and work teams toward goal achievement; modifying behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.

What you'll need to be successful:

  • High School Diploma / GED 

  • College degree preferred, but not required

  • Three years manufacturing experience is preferred.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite and experience with SAP preferred.

  • Ability to receive  and communicate directions provided in verbal or non-verbal format.

  •  Ability to remain flexible and handle changes in short time frames, strong problem solving and decision making skills.

  •  Must be willing and able to work shifts and overtime.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones): 

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage with discounted generic prescriptions and wellness incentive programs.

  • Unbelievable 401K match and discounted stock purchasing program.

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes four employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and Scotts Young Professionals.

  • Generous vacation day policy.



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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.


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