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Country:  United States
City:  Leitchfield
Job Family:  Industrial Operations
Contract Type:  Unlimited-term
Job ID:  43585

KY Production Shift Lead








You know our brands, The Laughing Cow, Babybel, Boursin, Kaukauna, Merkts and Price's, which elicit smiles across America. They are daring, responsible and deliver dairy goodness. As you imagine, this mindset is contagious! Bel Brands USA is part of an international family company, which has led an ambitious growth strategy for 150 years and is today the world's third largest branded cheese company. If like our 12,000 employees globally, you want to have an impact in an entrepreneurial and demanding company, and share smiles around the world, dare to live the Bel experience!

Be you. Be ambitious. Be Bel.

Bel Brands USA has been named Chicago's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" for 10 years in a row. The company is headquartered in Chicago and operates three manufacturing plants in Little Chute, WI, Leitchfield, KY, and Brookings, SD.


Job Description Summary

The Production Shift Lead assists the Supervisor, Production to ensure an efficient operation. This role provides limited direction to hourly staff to ensure the safe and quality production of our product through continuous improvement and development of the team, respecting company policy, work instructions, and best practices. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate a passion for safety first—both employee safety and food safety.
  • Train employees to ensure success within department.
  • Assist to coordinate operations to ensure efficient and timely processes.
  • Partner with employees to provide solutions to concerns.
  • Serves as backup to Supervisor, Production.
  • Through a “Make it Happen” mindset, proactively work to improve the conditions and performance of work area.
  • Take pride in producing a quality product and inspire and ensure work group to have that same mindset.
  • Ensure daily compliance of and successful passing of Integrated Management Systems such as FSSC, HACCP plans, ISO/OHSAS, etc.
  • Ensure company specifications are met by employees in work area in terms of finished product and consumption of raw materials/packaging. 
  • Participate in coaching conversation for improvement.
  • Monitor and put in place action lists to proactively improve Key Performance Indicators in line with company objectives and standards.
  • Follow and enforce all Good Manufacturing Practices as stated within the policy.
  • Follows and enforce all Safety Rules and procedures by working safely and ensuring safety of others.
  • Follow and enforce all food safety procedures.
  • Follow and enforce all environmental protocols as applicable to job to prevent pollution to air, land or water.
  • Follow and enforce all continuous improvement actions and rules and best practices.
  • Follow and enforce all sanitation procedures and work instructions.
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned by department supervisors and management.



Qualifications and Competencies

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required. Associates Degree in related field strongly preferred. 2+ years in team management preferred.
  • Ability to understand advanced level of cheesemaking/cooking equipment and technology.
  • Ability to perform and read Quality/Sanitation tests.
  • Should be proficient in MS Office. 
  • Requires the ability to remain professional in all situations.
  • Ability to function as a team member and contribute to group goals.
  • Requires excellent professional interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as excellent project management skills. 



Bel Brands is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Bel Brands also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. It is also Bel Brand’s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring decisions.


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