Leprino Foods

Cheese Production Supervisor

Job Locations US-NY-Waverly
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Posted Date
1 month ago(4/13/2021 6:46 PM)
Category (Portal Searching)
Production Operations


Provides guidance and direction to the Cheese Department employees. Makes informed decisions pertaining to product quality, department safety, and department efficiency across multiple teams that support one specialty in a product line. Monitor all aspects of the assigned specialty product within the Cheese Department including product testing, equipment operations, and employee actions. Take accurate product inventories and schedule employees to meet production needs. Builds an effective employee team by engaging, mentoring, and developing direct reports. 



  • Plans and schedules daily staffing needs to maximize labor efficiency and ensure production needs are met, utilizing multiple teams. 
  • Leads and coaches Cheese Department Supervisors and line employees by implementing programs in technical training, safety, quality, communications, performance recognition and internal employee development in order to ensure peak employee engagement and productivity.  
  • Builds and fosters strong working relationships, collaborative teams and a positive work environment. 
  • Reinforces company and plant policies fairly and consistently. 
  • Ensures team employees have completed all required training. 
  • Responds to employee questions and concerns. 
  • May lead departmental projects. 


  • Supervises the daily cheese shift operations through multiple Supervisors, to ensure production standards and quality parameters are met. 
  • Achieves targeted production volumes. 
  • Determines equipment repair needs and initiates maintenance work orders to minimize production downtime. 


  • Implements plant safety programs to ensure compliance and a safe working environment.  
  • Ensures work is accomplished in a safe manner and the workplace is free of safety hazards.   
  • Provides employees with the training, equipment, and tools to be able to safely perform their jobs. 
  • Leads and demonstrates safe practices. 
  • Participates in safety investigations and corrective actions. 


  • Leads and executes the department’s quality systems to achieve quality goals. 
  • Oversees the execution of sanitation program within the specialty product line, to ensure food safety standards are met. 


  • Monitors department operations and makes recommendations for labor and manufacturing efficiency, cost savings, and quality improvements. 
  • Monitors the specialty product line’s financial performance to assure that a quality product is provided at the least possible cost.  
  • May assist in preparing and monitoring the department budget. 


Minimum Qualifications & Experience: 

  • College Degree in Food Science, Dairy Technology or related field, or similar work experience in related industry 
  • 6+ years of experience in food manufacturing environment 
  • 1+ years of progressive leadership or supervisory experience 
  • Proficient computer knowledge, with familiarity or ability to learn SAP or other manufacturing computer systems 


Preferred Qualifications & Experience: 

  • Dairy/Cheese manufacturing experience 


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities/Competencies:   

  • Technical knowledge of cheese making process and equipment 
  • Mechanical aptitude 
  • Working knowledge of food safety and sanitation practices 
  • Effective communication skills 
  • Effective people management skills 


Physical/Mental Requirements and Work Environment 

  • Works in both the plant production environment which requires walking, climbing, standing and in an office environment which requires standing and sitting. This position is expected to spend time out on the production floor observing operations and interacting with employees. 
  • May be required to occasionally independently move and handle objects up to 25 pounds. 


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