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Avantor, Inc. Production Supervisor in Aurora, Ohio

Job SummarySupervises and coordinates departmental operational activities in compliance with all policies, and procedures. This includes control over that area’s leads, associates, and equipment.


  • Enforces and supports regulatory policies, quality system, and work instructions. Ensures accurate completion and/or maintenance of required records, reports, and documentation. Maintains all necessary certification, training, and compliance.

  • Plans and assigns work according to the schedule, equipment availability, material availability, and individual skill/abilities for most efficient operation. Anticipates and/or investigates delays, issues, and/or inadequate performance and takes corrective actions.

  • Systematically works through processes, along with other relevant departments, to complete daily production requirements. Effectively communicates any deviations with shift schedule completion.

  • Ensures employees are trained and cross-trained in the performance of their duties. Assists and instructs personnel as necessary to ensure optimal department throughput. Assist in creation and revision of SOP’s.

  • Mentors and develops his/her subordinates so as to optimize their skills sets and establish a career path. Makes effective recommendations for promotions, transfers, and terminations.

  • Maintain discipline, morale, and harmonious personnel relations. Assists in complaint and event investigation, and audits.

  • Drives adherence and accountability of associates and visitors to all safety and security procedures. Responsible for performing safety and security procedures to open and close buildings and facilities.

  • Ensures proper care and handling of company property in accordance with policy and instruction; including equipment and instruments (proper use, storage, care, verification, calibration, maintenance, and/or repair) and materials (use, storage temperature, and location).

  • Ensures department organization (including facilities, materials, tools, and equipment) is kept at required levels in accordance with industry standards, company policy, LPA responsibilities, and 5S program.

  • Controls labor costs and overhead by maintaining quality and increasing throughput with effective utilization of labor, automation and scheduling resources. Develop, lead, and execute continuous improvement/process excellence and interdepartmental improvements.

  • Develops, monitors, and maintains department budget and related performance metrics.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education/Training, Experience and Certifications)

  • High School completion or equivalent (GED); Bachelor’s degree preferred in a technical field

  • Minimum 5 years applicable experience; at least 1 year experience in supervision of manufacturing and/or packaging operations and associates

  • Experience in cGMP manufacturing preferred

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Those necessary to perform the job competently)

  • Familiarity with production processes and applications within similar industry preferred

  • Highly organized and self-motivated individual who can work independently with little supervision

  • Knowledge of MRP systems preferred

  • Must have strong leadership skills and problem solving abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to perform risk assessment of products and processes and develop corrective measures

  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities and easily adapt to changing situations

  • Computer literacy applied to scheduling, procedure revisions and data management is required

  • Ability to take initiative, meet deadlines, and lead people in a team environment essential

  • Proven track record of reducing costs through process improvements and efficiencies

  • Must be hands-on, team oriented and committed to business improvement processes


Typically works in an office environment with adequate lighting and ventilation and a normal range of temperature and noise level.

Work assignments are diversified. Examples of past precedent are used to resolve work problems. New alternatives may be developed to resolve problems.

A frequent volume of work and deadlines impose strain on routine basis.

Minimal physical effort is required. Work is mostly sedentary but does require walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting or carrying objects that typically weigh less than 10 lbs.

DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law.

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Avantor® is a leading global provider of integrated, tailored solutions for the life sciences and advanced technology industries. Strengthened by the recent acquisition of VWR, the Company is a trusted partner to customers and suppliers from discovery to delivery. With operations in more than 30 countries and a diverse portfolio that includes more than four million products, Avantor enables customer success through innovation, cGMP manufacturing and comprehensive service offerings. Collectively, we set science in motion to create a better world.

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