Supervisor - Production

 •  American Railcar Industries Paragould, AR

8 - 10 years experience  •  Industrial Equipment & Supply

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/23/17
8 - 10 years experience
Industrial Equipment & Supply
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/23/17

American Railcar Industries, Inc. is one of the prominent North American designers and manufacturers of hopper and tank railcars. We provide our railcar customers with integrated solutions through a comprehensive set of high quality products and related services offered by our three business segments of manufacturing, railcar leasing and railcar services. Each person in the United States requires 40 tons of freight to be moved on their behalf per year.  Vital to the U.S. economy, the $60 billion freight rail industry consists of over 140,000 miles of track in the U.S. providing over 220,000 jobs helping to reduce road congestion, fuel consumption, and greenhouse gases.  Why work for ARI? To work with great people who share our core values of Excellence, Responsibility, & Teamwork and help ARI become the Leading Railcar Solutions Provider. 


Job Summary and Essential Functions

Responsible for providing leadership and guidance for employees in a foundry manufacturing environment, sets up production methods and processes, and then recommends improved methods and processes. Plans engineering changes for assigned shops and coordinates into production when appropriate. Performs capacity analyses by specific work center and makes capital equipment recommendations. Implements flow manufacturing techniques where appropriate.


Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Direct production operations in accordance with established priorities and sequences for manufacturing products using knowledge of production processes and methods, machine and equipment capabilities and skilled labor
  • Analyze production schedules to estimate work requirements for completion of job assignments and adjust to meet scheduled requirements
  • Assist quality assurance and manufacturing engineering personnel in testing, troubleshooting and modifying processes to improve production methods, equipment performance and quality of products
  • Advise managers and supervisors of production issues and offer suggestions for changes in working conditions, design, test, production procedures, and the use of equipment
  • Meet or exceed goals established for safety, labor efficiencies, schedule attainment, scrap, rework, and any other production related goals
  •  Initiate, suggest, and implement plans to motivate, empower, and develop workers to achieve work goals in a team environment
  • Supervise and assist in the set up, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of various automated machines, assembly equipment and/or machining centers
  • Conduct performance appraisals and make recommendations for promotions, transfers, discharges, and disciplinary measures
  • Implement lean techniques and principles such as 5S, standardized work, waste identification and elimination, value stream mapping, team based multi-skilled workforce, one piece flow technology, visual factory concepts, and total productive maintenance
  • Maintains routine contact with support departments to keep them aware of manpower needs, personnel actions, and pay issues
  • Ensures that safety and housekeeping standards are met and maintained
  • Perform routine preventative maintenance tasks and safety inspections
  • Basic understanding of maintenance procedures and operating equipment
  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts, weekends and holidays
  • Schedules, trains, evaluates, and reviews coworkers
  • Requisitions raw materials and foundry supplies
  • Works with costing department to develop estimates
  • Develops and implements standard processes within the foundry job classifications


Required Experience/Education/Training/Certifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of work or an equivalent combination of education and work related experience
  •  5+ years of previous Foundry Supervisory experience
  •  Previous CNC Horizontal and Lathe Machining experience
  •  Minimum of 7 years of experience in aluminum foundry operations, including permanent mold processes, core making, lab work, equipment maintenance
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing processes, metallurgy, and heat treat, and weld processes
  • Understanding of Quality Assurance and Statistical Process Control Methods
  • Basic computer skills
  •  Excellent communication skills
  •  Strong organizational skills



  •  6+ years of Low pressure, permanent mold aluminum casting experience
  •  5+ years of application of Lean methods to aluminum foundry applications


Work Environment & Safety Equipment Required

  • Hard Hat
  • Hearing Protection
  • Composite Toe Safety Shoes
  • Addition PPE per the appropriate JSA for the specific area that the Superintendent Production Steel may be working


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