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Manufacturing Supervisor




Job Title:   Manufacturing Supervisor

Job Code:   E-17005

Location:   Sleepy Eye, MN





Looking for Career Growth? Pencil us in on your calendar!
Were BIC Graphic a division of BIC USA Inc. - a world-class global supplier of innovative promotional products for marketing and advertising initiatives.
With our wide variety of high quality, innovative custom-imprinted writing instruments and complementary products, we help customers explore all of the promotional possibilities with an extensive selection of brand name items including BIC Writing Instruments, Lighters, BIC Select, BIC Sticky Note, Magnets, Mouse Pads, messenger bags, drink ware, calendars and many more. BIC Graphic sells exclusively through distributors of promotional products/advertising specialties.
Today, BIC Graphic distributors serve the majority of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as government organizations, educational institutions and thousands of other companies in diverse industries worldwide. We provide them with everything from personalized sticky notes and embroidered laptop bags to custom mouse pads and those famous BIC pens and lighters.
And with our growth, its time for you to pencil us in too!

We are seeking two qualified Manufacturing Supervisors to join our team at BIC Graphic in Sleepy Eye, MN. Our facility is North America's largest printer of Promotional Calendars and we also print sticky notes and other paper items. We are 285,000 square feet with additional warehouses and we employee over 400 full-time and up to 200 temporary employees.

The MFG Supervisor will:


  • Directs and supervises daily production activities of manufacturing areas to meet or exceed company objectives.

  • Verify that production meets established standards.

  • Practice and promote problem solving, process improvement, and teamwork principles.

  • Address concerns of associates and maintain good communication.

  • Ensure correct standard operating procedures are utilized.

  • Assist with development and administration of budgets.

  • Support and administer approved company policies and clearly communicate policies and objectives to associates.

  • Address concerns of associates and maintains proactive communication.

  • Conduct performance evaluations and make recommendations regarding associate compensation.

  • Interview applicants and make recommendations on hiring decisions.

  • Follows all quality, lean and safety expectations, ensures the same of associates.

  • Maintains an effective working relationship and communication with fellow employees through adherence and demonstration of the BIC Values.

  • Provides supervision and leadership to team members through on-going communication, evaluation, teaching, coaching and feedback.

  • Facilitate positive interaction between internal work suppliers and customers to assure continual process improvement.

  • Investigate, justify and execute continuous productivity improvements.

  • Travel to other sites and/or vendor locations as necessary.


Additional Responsibilities:


  • Other projects and activities as necessary.

  • Travel to other sites and/or vendor locations as necessary.


Education: 4-Year Degree or a Technical (2 year) degree with equivalent work experience preferred.



  • 3 - 5 years experience in a manufacturing environment with a track record of implementing successful quality improvement projects.

  • Supervision experience required with prior experience supervising in a manufacturing environment is highly preferred.

  • Excellent interpersonal and team management skills.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in-writing with associates, management, internal and external customers and vendors.

  • Strong facilitation, problem solving, planning, data analysis and decision making skills.

  • Proficient in lean management leadership including the ability to establish a departmental performance metric system to accurately measure return on investment.

  • Successfully demonstrate lean manufacturing experience, lean leadership skills and possess the proven ability to work as a team player while motivating others into the lean culture.

  • Ability to utilize project management skills including identifying and effectively resolving issues, leading without authority, managing multiple projects with diverse priorities, meeting project timelines through milestones and mitigating project risks.

  • Prefer a candidate who is a self-starter, can self-motivate, and will take the initiative to move the process to the next level.

  • Must possess assertiveness, integrity, innovation, organizational, creativity and problem solving skills to be successful in this position.

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and all applications.

  • OSHA and safety related knowledge.

  • Working knowledge of ISO 9000 procedures preferred.


Physical Requirements: Ability to stand for long periods of time and freely move about the plant as well as bend, twist and perform repetitive motion tasks correctly. Ability to lift up to lbs. occasionally to frequently.


This is an Exempt position.
Job is located in Sleepy Eye, MN.
Position rotates shifts as needed to support the operations of the facility as scheduled.
Occasional travel may be required.


Make your mark on our success!
There's never been a better time to join BIC Graphic. We're a dynamic company with a strong vision in a growing global market. That's why the majority of leading companies across industries worldwide use our promotional products. It's also why you'll find a wealth of possibilities in a challenging and rewarding work environment. As an organization, we have a passion for taking care of our people, and our benefits reflect this.
We offer a competitive salary, company-sponsored Medical, Prescription, Vision and Dental Plans, company-paid Holidays, Vacation and Sick Days, 401(k) Plan, FSA and a many other generous benefits.
Successful applicants are subject to thorough background verification and drug screen.
BIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Drug-Free Workplace





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