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Production Supervisor - Full Time

Thorlabs - Newton, NJ

Posted on 08/31/23 (Ref: )

The position oversees a team of assemblers and technicians by performing the following duties. Although the location of the position is in Newton, NJ, from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other Thorlabs locations.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

Directly oversee day-to-day operations of Production Floor.
Create an inclusive and safe working environment
Hire and ensure that employees are properly trained
Leads and trains a team of employees, follows plans, material lists and guidelines and distributes jobs appropriately.
Continue to grow the team as needed by the business, facilitate change, align the team to company values
Demonstrates success in developing others, building a successful team, facilitating change, aligning performance to company values.
Fosters continuous improvement and continuous improvement culture
Participates in daily production planning meetings and advises planners of lead times and potential missed dates.
Responsible for frequent checks of product quality and resolves production and the resulting quality issues that may arise
Fulfills regular assembler production duties on an as needed basis.
Ensures delivery of customer specials and OEM orders
Maintains product training matrix to ensure regular cross-training to increase workforce flexibility.
Complies with all company policies and procedures and safety requirements, including input into crewmember discipline, documentation, interviews and skill assessments.
Participates in addressing and resolving any work stoppage or quality issues.

In addition to the essential functions and duties listed above, all positions are also responsible for:

Meeting company standards pertaining to quantity and quality of work performed on an ongoing basis, performing all work related tasks in a manner that is in compliance with all Company policies and procedures.
Adhering to Company policies, procedures, and directives regarding standards of workplace behavior in completing job duties and assignments.
The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Physical Activities:

The employees must grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts and components that are often very small. Work may be sedentary, could stand or sit for long durations and/or perform repetitious work at times. Exerts up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally. Employees may come in contact with but not limited to acetone and epoxy, and their work cell areas may be noisy at times. Employees entering and leaving the room must wear appropriate clothing and protective equipment such as booties, glasses and gloves.



3-5 years supervisory experience in industrial shop environment.


High School education or equivalent

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

Strong sense of ownership and work ethic, written and verbal communication skills
Proficient computer skills
Strong ability to work well in a group atmosphere and comply with high quality standards.
Strong ability to shift from one task to another to address changing production priorities.
Ability to lead and train a diverse group
Good interpersonal skills
Ability to work independently
Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
Basic math skills are required

Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

Production Supervisor - Newton, NJ - Thorlabs

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