Avery Dennison 2nd Shift Production Team Leader in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Company Description

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2017 were $6.6 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description

Avery Dennison is a global leader in pressure-sensitive adhesives and materials, labels, tags, retail systems and specialty chemicals. The Fastener Solutions Division of Avery Dennison is a worldwide manufacturer of plastic fastening systems used in the automotive, apparel, retail, industrial and packaging industries. Our three-shift injection molding and extrusion operation is located in Fitchburg, MA. The Fastener Solutions Division is ISO/TS 16949 certified.

In this role, you will maintain and improve the safety, quality, service, cost and culture of the shift. You will provide leadership to manufacturing operations by supervising day-to-day production and performance of 30 direct reports by being a dedicated leader that combines good interpersonal skills and basic technical knowledge of molding operation with a hands-on approach to leading the shift. The position requires good interpersonal skills with a diverse workforce, the ability to prioritize work, a sense of urgency to solve problems, and a willingness to make timely and effective decisions to resolve any issues that prevent the company from meeting its goals and objectives. This is a highly transparent and promotable position that reports to the Production Manager.

Your responsibilities will include:

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

Manage employee performance

  • Conduct performance reviews with employees

  • Documenting and conducting disciplinary action

  • Ensure employees have necessary skills and schedule training as necessary to fill gaps

  • Establish succession plans for key roles within the shift

  • Monitor attendance records, vacation schedules and payroll

  • Ensure consistent application of policies

  • Participate in employee selection and hiring; provide recommendations for promotions

Drive continuous improvement

  • Identify cost reduction opportunities

  • Communicate and implement Corrective Actions resulting from customer complaints and internally identified opportunities

  • Identify opportunities to optimize allocation of resources and labor

  • Communicate with other functional areas and other shifts to maintain optimum safety, productivity and quality

  • Lead Kaizen events and support 5S initiatives

  • Ability to implement solutions and countermeasures using A3 and PDCA methodology

  • As member of the manufacturing leadership team: develop, track and improve department metrics

Provide direction during the shift

  • Minimum of 50% of the shift spent on the manufacturing floor

  • Assign operators to machines, watch break schedule

  • Resolve conflicts and issues that arise such as those relating to production, staffing, and quality; allocate resources as necessary

  • Lead and direct the troubleshooting of a variety of technical problems with assistance from tooling, maintenance, distribution and other functional areas as needed

  • Provide leadership in times of emergency, evacuation or employee injuries



  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience required

  • Experience supervising a manufacturing operation to include performance management, development, timekeeping/payroll issues and mentoring.

  • Validated skill working with people to achieve objectives and build a teamwork atmosphere required.

  • Skill with establishing processes, procedures and measurements for a team and/or operation.


  • Experience within plastic injection molding manufacturing preferred, but not necessary.

  • Familiarity with ISO 9000, TS 16949, Lean or Six Sigma preferred.


  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience required


Additional Information

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled