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Operating Supervisor

Northbrook, Illinois, USA

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As the largest pureplay adhesives company in the world, H.B. Fuller’s (NYSE: FUL) innovative, functional coatings, adhesives and sealants enhance the quality, safety and performance of products people use every day. Founded in 1887, with 2023 revenue of $3.5 billion, our mission to Connect What Matters is brought to life by more than 7,000 global team members who collaborate with customers across more than 30 market segments in over 140 countries to develop highly specified solutions that enable customers to bring world-changing innovations to their end markets.

H.B. Fuller has now acquired ND Industries, located at 1840 Raymond Drive, Northbrook, IL.

Operating Supervisor

Northbrook, IL / On-Site

1st Shift 6:30a – 3:00pm

Position Overview:

The Operating Supervisor is responsible for managing daily shift operations and all direct staff and ensures that production goals and deadlines are met in accordance with established safety, quality, and production standards while promoting the achievement of plant goals and objectives in the spirit of continuous improvement.

Primary Responsibilities:
Accomplishes manufacturing results by communicating job expectations, planning, monitoring, and appraising job results, and coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees. 

  • Maintains quality service by enforcing organization standards and policies.
  • Responsible for reporting production numbers, downtime, up-dating work assignments, production schedules, and maintaining multiple logbooks.
  • Assists operators with daily production problems and issues.
  • Collaborates with HR on the documentation of employee performance including attendance, coaching and discipline as well as recognition of exceptional performance.
  • Maintains working relationship with the union by following the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Maintains safe and clean work environment by educating and directing personnel on the use of all control points, equipment, and resources, maintaining compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • Identifies safety, health, and environmental concerns and provides suggestions for improvement.
  • Facilitates continuous improvement initiatives. 
  • Plays a key role in the Sales and Operations Planning process.
  • Drives operations to improve on-time delivery to customers.
  • Assists the Plant Manager in setting expectations.
  • Effectively interacts with support staff, department heads, and senior management.
  • Performs safety, housekeeping, and performance audits.
  • Completes accurate and complete shift handoff to oncoming supervisor.

Preferred Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree OR a High School diploma (or equivalent) and 4 or more years' management experience in manufacturing

  • 4yrs manufacturing leadership experience
  • Knowledge of manufacturing methods and procedures with understanding of production controls and supply management
  • ERP experience
  • MS Office experience; Work, Excel
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Enthusiastic, self-starter, organized, and service minded.
  • Able to cope with a wide range of situations.
  • Proficiency in computer transactions, data capture, analysis, and reporting
  • Demonstrated attention-to-detail, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be able to work all shifts and overtime as required.


Physical Environment:
• Required to stand for long periods of time
• Walk and climb stairs
• Use hands to remove or lift boxes
• Stretch and reach with arms extended
• Stoop and bend
• Regularly lift up to 50 pounds and up to 100 pounds with assistance
• Temperature, dust, smell and noise are under normal chemical environment conditions.

Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, and geographic location.

The salary for this role is $25.10.

In addition to your salary, H.B. Fuller offers employees a competitive total rewards package including comprehensive benefits, incentive and recognitions programs, health & wellness benefits, 401K contributions, paid time off and paid holidays. Eligibility may vary.

H.B. Fuller is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and proud to have created a collaborative culture where employees around the world are seen, heard, and respected. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or marital status or status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected classification.

H.B. Fuller does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or staffing firms. To conduct business with H.B. Fuller, a written service agreement must be executed by Human Resources prior to submitting any information relating to a potential candidate. Without a signed service agreement, H.B. Fuller shall not be obligated for payment of any fee or compensation.

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