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Unifrax Production Advisor in Buffalo, New York

Job Requirements

The Production Advisor has the responsibility to lead, coordinate, and improve performance for the activities of the production workforce, in a supervisory capacity to achieve manufacturing goals outlined by production schedules and departmental objectives. The Advisor is responsible for maintaining a safe and clean work environment, achieving quality standards, promoting the team concept approach to managing, accurate reporting of daily production accomplishments and problems and consistent application of company/plant policies and procedures.

Reports directly to the Production Manager. Supervises a team of union Plant Operators. Interfaces with all other plant management functions in normal conduct of duties.


  • Assists, coaches and develops front line employees. Manage employee performance, attendance and behavior to company expectations. Manage corrective action, coaching and proactive employee communication to drive positive employee relations with Union and non Union staff.

  • Direct the production workforce for a given shift in the manufacture of ceramic fiber products toward specified schedules, productivity and quality objectives.

  • Report production, material and manpower usage, equipment and process problems accurately and on a daily basis.

  • Maintain product integrity by insuring compliance with established manufacturing and/or quality specifications through continuous process control techniques.

  • Promote the teamwork approach among shift personnel and between functions. Maximize employee involvement in decision-making.

  • Maintain, assign daily tasks for the union work force to avoid repetitive physical activity and maintain job assignment equality. Train production team members to perform job requirements in a safe and effective manner.

  • Recommend improvements and/or modifications to equipment and processes to increase productivity, minimize downtime and increase efficiency.

  • Share information at regular meetings, discuss problems and opportunities.

  • Perform periodic evaluations of team performance to achieve or exceed plan.

  • Assist other branches in product testing and development and process improvement implementation.

  • Act as member of Advisor Team in addressing and solving first line management problems and issues.

  • Monitor personnel and equipment for unsafe conditions and actions. Act in accordance with all health, environmental and safety standards.

  • Facilitate monthly safety meetings, follow up on employee suggestions and address action items in a timely manner.

  • Prepare and secure the Tonawanda facility for weekly shutdowns. Open, prepare facility for production and occupation of production work force.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Needed:

  • High school degree required /Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

  • 3 - 5 Years' Supervisory Experience in manufacturing directly managing front line staff, union environments preferred

  • Ability to Rotate Shifts

  • Strong communication and planning skills, ability to speak to all levels within an organization

  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office suite, production planning and reporting software, etc.

  • Progressive Leadership and Change Management Skills

  • Understands Lean Manufacturing concepts and tools for root cause problem solving

  • Strong Organization skills require to be able to initiate and sustain 5s and safety performance.

  • Understands fundamentals of OEE and uses tool to monitor performance

  • Able to work in a diverse working environment and adapt leadership style to team needs

Alkegen is an EO Employer.