Operations Management Plainwell, Michigan


Position at JBS USA

About JBS
JBS began in 1953 as a small, family-owned company in Brazil. We have continued to steadily grow and are now the largest animal protein processor in the world. Though our business has grown, our family values remain our foundation. We seek to hire dedicated individuals who are committed to learning and share our desire to be the best. At JBS, our team members are our most important asset and feeding the world is our greatest goal. The Plainwell facility began operations in 1918 under the Murray Packing company. In the 1960's, it was acquired by Murco and in 1998 by Packerland. In 2000, Packerland was acquired by Smithfield. In 2010, the facility joined the JBS USA family.
Plainwell is the only JBS plant with Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), a packaging process that changes oxygen levels to extend shelf-life. The MAP process is a part of the Plainwell ground beef operation. Plainwell is also one of the few plants that produces ground beef patties. Over one million lbs (450,000 kg) of beef are produced each day. The Plainwell facility produces biogas in an anaerobic lagoon and uses it in place of natural gas to heat a portion of the water used in the plant. The facility was recognized by the American Meat Institute as a Tier 3 facility for its accomplishments with ISO 14001. Plainwell recently built a $31 million distribution center (85,000 ft²) with a 55,000 box capacity.
Investing in our people is a large part of the reason why success at JBS is so achievable. Working in operations gives you the opportunity to contribute to the very core of our business: producing the highest quality products for families around the globe.  At the JBS operations facilities, we offer career growth opportunities for people with all kinds of interests and backgrounds who are interested in working in a fast-paced, hands-on environment.  Additionally, opportunities for those who enjoy working within the production environment and are excited about both leading a team and ensuring we are producing a top quality, safe product for families across the globe.
JBS® values the people who make our company a success. We want to be sure our team members know just how much we appreciate their dedication by ensuring they love working with us. As part of our total compensation package, JBS® and offers comprehensive employee benefits designed to meet the healthcare and financial goals of our team members and their families today, tomorrow and in the future.
                                                              JOB DESCRIPTION 
Position Title: Ground Beef Production Supervisor 1st Shift
Department:  Ground Beef Operations                        
Location: Plainwell Plant
Salary Class: Exempt              


JBS In Plainwell, MI is looking for a Production Supervisor for our Grinds Department on 1st Shift
Purpose & Scope:
 Reports directly to the Production Superintendent and has primary responsibility for the direction of the workforce to achieve all safety, quality and operational goals as set forth by facility management.
Experience: Experience in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. Candidate must have knowledge of case ready processing equipment.

Special Skills:
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to lead and motivate others
• Personable, helpful, and friendly
• Strong Customer Service Skills
• Knowledge of case ready production equipment 
 Principle Responsibilities:
  •  Work to ensure the safety of all employees and all product produced within the department on a daily basis by ensuring that all company policies are understood and adhered to at all times by employees within her/ his direct control.
  • Directly supervise hourly production employees to include direction of activities and ensuring the training of all employees to product specifications, techniques and requirements.

  • Work with maintenance department to ensure the proper maintenance and reliability of all equipment within the department and that all operators are trained in the same.
  • Look for continuous improvement in operating processes and procedures and encourage hourly employee ownership of all processes.
  • Manage hourly production employee performance on both an individual and team basis through the establishment and tracking of performance goals and operating plans.
  • Conduct fact finding and investigations as required and implement corrective actions.
  • Work to develop Leads to ensure day to day operation of the department in the supervisor’s absence.
  • Be able to track and trend data concerning raw material yields, packaging usage, operational efficiency, and customer service rates. Develops corrective actions to improve current deficiencies and continually improve current processes.
  • Responsible for utilizing performance metrics and incorporating into them into daily operations to ensure the performance of the department
  • Responsible for adherence to all quality and product specifications established by the facility for all products produced
Working Conditions:
  •  Production and maintenance settings
  •  Exposure to various chemicals, machinery, and knives
  • Slippery floors, extreme temperatures and loud noises

    High School degree or equivalent required

    Previous experience in a food production environment is preferred but not required.

    Additional Skills:
    Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally
    Excellent conflict resolution skills
    Computer knowledge required
    Good organizational skills
    Ability to work 50+ hours/week
    Good attendance and safety records
    Internal Relationships: Employees on the production line and plant management 
    External Relationships: USDA/customers