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Cargill operates some of the most technologically advanced plants in the world. We depend on creative, responsible and hardworking individuals like you to keep them running smoothly. We’re looking for trustworthy, safety-minded leaders who are seeking a fulfilling career. As a Production Supervisor, you’ll implement and execute all production processes at the plant for operations, safety, people and the business. Your responsibilities will include following safety principles, executing scheduled customer orders, maintaining tool accountability and sanitation and performing HR duties. Successful Production Supervisors will demonstrate ownership and problem-solving skills while also creating an including and engaging environment at their plant. Discover how your work can nourish the world and help you thrive.

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  • Goal-oriented
  • Proactive
  • Efficient
  • Results-driven
  • Leadership
  • Responsible
  • Organized
  • Problem-solver
  • Quick-thinking
  • Productive

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I have been given the opportunity to voice my thoughts and ideas in efforts to make our process safer and more efficient.”

Bianca C., Production Supervisor

Cargill has empowered me by giving me an opportunity to succeed, and they continue to give me a lot of responsibility. I lead the type of team I would like to work on - what is more empowering than that?”

Kimberly H., Production Supervisor

This job is focused on innovation and is full of challenges. You will feel enriched and feel proud of your achievements.”

Sandy Zhao, APAC, Refinery Production Supervisor

Working in operations is always a challenge! In addition to the volume and efficiency goals to be controlled and beat daily, we have an environment where priorities change with good speed. It is also a medium where there are a large number of people - human interaction is intense. If you like an environment full of changes, with a lot of technology, challenges, and human relationships, this is the place; this is where everything happens.”

Jakeline Parreira, LATAM, Production Manager – CSST ST.

Cargill grows an inclusive & entrepreneurial spirit. Dare to be you and make it happen in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.”

Cyrille Dreux, EMEA, Deputy Plant Manager

Cargill gives me all the opportunities to grow and trusts me to do what is best for us all.”

Thom Van Gerwe, EMEA, Junior Production Supervisor

Cargill provides an environment in operations where you are empowered to deliver great performance, for your team and yourself. Cargill also gets you the autonomy to drive results in safety, food safety and environment which contribute to develop your team and owns skills.”

David Lachevre, EMEA, Responsible Production

Freedom to take initiative, responsibility early in your career and support where needed: the recipe to create your own future”

Martin Blommestijn, EMEA, Plant Superintendent, Multiseed Plant

What differentiates us at Cargill is the respect and teamwork that we have within the company. It’s full of support and mentorship which provides great opportunity for professional learning and development. ”

Sabine Wilhelm, EMEA, Site Manager

Production Supervisor

Job ID 261278 Date posted 02/28/2023

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s animal nutrition and health business, where we improve lives through better nutrition. Our team researches, innovates and creates solutions that deliver healthy results for our customers.

Job Description

Job Title

Night Shift Production Supervisor



Reports to

Production Manager


Dalton UK

Overall Purpose

To lead an operational area team, driving business performance (short and long term) by setting and sustaining standards and championing change to achieve breakthrough results.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities


  1. Develop peer relationships across the operation to drive operational performance and continuity.
  2. Ensure team members have a clear line of sight from their own and Business KPIs.
  3. Coach and support Team Leaders to drive the delivery of breakthrough results through their teams to the achievement and sustainment of operational targets.
  4. Be authentic to inspire great performance and create trust and commitment.
  5. Support the creation and sustainment of an inspirational work environment where people can utilise their skills and potential.
  6. Encourage ownership and drive all levels within the team to act with autonomy.
  7. Manage the performance of individuals by conducting regular performance, career and development discussions.
  8. Build high performing teams.
  9. Build relationships with all individuals within team.
  10. Drive and be responsible for own self development and encourage/support team to do the same.
  11. Champion change; communicate and manage change effectively within team.


  1. Deliver breakthrough operational targets.
  2. Accountable for Night performance; Area improvement CI plan; supporting the introduction of new technology
  3. Ensure robust processes and procedures are in place and complied with, to meet plant operating standards, legislation and audit requirements; identifying issues and taking action as required.
  4. Build an in depth technical understanding of the plant.
  5. Use business systems to manage and make decisions on day to day and longer term activity.
  6. Drive and champion projects in the plant to improve performance, capacity, H&S, Quality, CI, OEE, Food Safety and Environmental impact. Work with cross functional teams to execute agreed production schedules and monitor results to improve plant performance.
  7. Ensure team are adequately trained to be competent in the role and are legally and audit compliant.


  1. Contribute to long term plans, targets and visions and articulate in context to the team.
  2. Manage internal and external resources to ensure the delivery of the site manufacturing plan.
  3. Respond to data and results to drive plant performance.
  4. Understand the wider supply chain and broader business.
  5. Understand the impact of decisions on total delivered cost (e.g. labour, consumables, raw materials, equipment, energy etc).
  6. Build a broad understanding and working practice of all applicable legislation and audit requirements.

Health & Safety

  1. your personal safety and that of all personnel under your authority, including others who may be affected by the company’s activities
  2. establishing practices to maintain a safe working environment and hold people to account for those standards, managing your shift in such a way to deliver high levels of compliance at all times as a consistent operating standard.
  3. challenging unsafe behaviors and providing consequences to those who do not follow the company H&S policy
  4. adhering to the duties required for your role within the Company Health and Safety policy.

Food Safety

  1. the management and implementation of the company food safety and quality policy
    1. Establishing practices to maintain a Food Safety and Quality focused mindset that holds people to account for those standards. 
  2. managing your Shift in such a way that encourages your team to adopt this mind set and deliver high levels of compliance at all times as a basic operating standard by
    1. ensuring competence and capability of team members
    2. ensuring the information and instruction is provided, training is carried out, and supervision maintained to enable work to be performed accurately and consistently by your team.
  3. promoting and enforcing behaviors and actions that will prevent all contamination threats to products whether physical, microbial or chemical 
  4. immediate escalation reporting on the status on any non-compliance in the system or process (to management) for countermeasure or immediate remedy

Competencies, Skills and Experience:


  • Working within a food manufacturing company                            Desirable
  • Leading a  team                                                                        Essential
  •  Proven management style focused on coaching and mentoring    Desirable


  • Lean manufacturing principles Desirable
  • Food Hygiene Desirable
  • Health and Safety Requirements within FMCG                            Desirable
  • HACCP                                                                                    Desirable
  • Understanding of continuous improvement                                 Desirable
  • Qualifications in a relevant disciplines                                         Desirable


  • Influencing skills                                                                        Essential
  •  Confident and assertive communication at all levels                    Essential
  • Excellent time management, prioritisation and organisational
  • skills with the ability to multi-task                                                 Essential
  • Assertive, independent and self-sufficient                                   Essential
  • Cope effectively under pressure and meet tight deadlinesEssential
  • Analytical and able to drive performanceEssential                                   

Key Customers

Internal                        Plant Manager, Production Manager, Engineering Manager, FSQR Manager, HSE Manager, Team Leaders, Engineering Supervisor, Operatives, Shift Engineers, HR

External                       Auditors, Customers,


  • Authentic and stays true to self.  ‘Stay on the court.’
  • Increases trust with powerful requests.
  • Listens generously to other points of view and diverse prospects.  Holds the right conversation with straight talk.
  • Coach and influence others to reach solutions.

Drives Results             Translates the vision and strategy into viable plans and instigates action that achieves results.

Champions Change     Initiates and supports change activities that position the business for the future, and manages the ambiguity and uncertainly associated with it.

Creates Team              Supports people to work collaboratively across boundaries to Synergy                                                achieve common goals.

Our Offer
We provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

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