Production Supervisor – Joint Products Department in Schnitzer - Portland, OR (Burgard Rd) at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 4/7/2018

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Job Description

POSITION: Production Supervisor – Joint Products Department

Join Schnitzer Steel, one of the nation’s largest metal recyclers, and lead a production crew using world-class technology to recover valuable non-ferrous metals. Schnitzer Steel is seeking an experienced production supervisor for 2nd shift at our Portland, Oregon facility. 

This position offers competitive pay along with a variety of benefits including medical, dental and vision plans for both you and your dependents; 401k with company match, paid time off and paid holidays.

What we need:

We are looking for 2+ years of leadership/supervisory experience in an industrial production environment, and ideally one with high-volume or continuous flow processes. Experience in the scrap industry is not required.  You bring the people leadership skills, the process management skills, and a strong desire to learn and drive continuous improvement – we’ll introduce you to the unique blend of technology and manpower that drives our success. 

Supervision of maintenance activities is not the primary job, but maintenance and cleanup are integral parts of our production cycle. Experience with machine & conveyor maintenance is not required but would be valuable in this role.  Previous experience working within a unionized environment is a plus.  Spanish language skills would be helpful but are not a requirement.  A flexible, teamwork focused attitude is an absolute must.

We work in a heavy industrial environment, and the safety of you and our workforce is paramount. We are looking for a supervisor with experience in teaching/training/leading employees in a way that supports the shared goal of zero accidents and zero injuries.  

Other things to know:

The scrap industry is cyclical and the workload can at times require significant hours, including some weekend work. This is a supervisory position, but we still need someone who is capable of pitching in and assisting with physically demanding work.  Applicants must be able to frequently walk on uneven ground, handle and grasp materials, crouch, bend, reach, climb, twist, push, pull and lift/carry up to 50 pounds occasionally.  This job requires a tolerance for occasional exposure to inclement weather and the dirt and dust associated with scrap processing conditions.  Schnitzer Steel is committed to a drug-free workplace, and all employees are subject to drug screening.

This is an opportunity to bring your experience and skills to a recycling company founded in Portland over 100 years ago. Interested?  Apply below!  

***Schnitzer Steel Industries hire is contingent upon clearing a pre-employment drug screen and background check ***

The JP Operations Supervisor (JPOS) reports directly to the JP Operations Manager (JPOM) and oversees the day-to-day activities associated with the collection, processing and treatment of Auto Shredder Residue (ASR) prior to shipment to the landfills. The incumbent oversees nonferrous (NF) metal recovery and fluff stockpiling processes in compliance with state regulatory requirements. The JPOS assigns daily duties for pickers / cleaners in this department. The JPOS assists the JPOM, Shredder Manager, Terminal Operations Manager, Maintenance Manager, Regional Environmental Manager, Regional Safety Engineer(s) and facility and regional Commercial teams with issues pertaining to optimizing physical plant operations. Maintains a safe work environment and assists the Regional Safety Engineer(s) in training employees on safety procedures.

This position operates within somewhat flexible parameters. The primary goal of this position is to achieve excellence in all facets of the JP operations. Providing the highest quality product safely, effectively and efficiently decreases accidents and errors and increases profits. Responsibilities are to ensure that compliance is maintained according to state regulations. Continuous process analysis and improvement is required to ensure maximum efficient metal recovery which is measured daily.

Essential Functions:

Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S)

  • Ensures safe work practices and equipment are used at all times and that documentation, inspections, and current practices are in accordance with corporate safety policies, OSHA and other regulatory guidelines. In addition, provides a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.
  • Creates Health & Safety Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) with Regional Safety Engineer(s).
  • Ensures all department employees receive timely safety and operational training and that the appropriate documents (signed acknowledgement forms) are prepared. Maintains employee files per regional practice.
  • Assigns an employee to be on the Safety Committee and personally attends Safety Committee meetings on rotation with other managers.
  • Monitors safety program to reduce accident frequency within department, implements new departmental safety ideas/procedures in line with overall MRB Health & Safety goals.
  • Responsible for understanding and monitoring the regulatory environment as it affects this department and the Company’s relationship with the regulatory agencies.

Equipment & Maintenance

  • Oversees the JP plant operations and ensures that all equipment is operated and maintained properly.
  • Purchases chemicals, fly ash or cement pumps and/or parts necessary to maintain proper functioning of the JP Plant.
  • Prepares the scheduling for major projects to the JP Plant including manpower, equipment, downtime and timeline

Inventory & Quality Control

  • Ensures that processing and storage of finished goods is done in compliance with internal controls already set in place.
  • Monitors daily production reports to continuously improve throughput, reduce costs/expenses; increase profitability and maximize metal recovery.

Administrative Management

  • Reviews performance of direct reports.
  • Interviews prospective production employees.
  • Bi-Weekly audit of employee timecards; Kronos experience preferred
  • Working knowledge, previous experience with MS Office (specifically Excel)
Required Skills

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Significant time is spent outdoors overseeing and planning equipment projects. Subject to noise, dust, inclement weather and heavy machinery. Able to: lift and carry 25 pounds, and up to 50 pounds occasionally; walk, crawl, crouch or stand for long periods of time; negotiate over uneven surfaces; climb, bend or crawl to inspect equipment and related structures as necessary; ability to communicate in a professional manner to all levels of employees, both in writing and orally. Visual acuity for operating a computer, reading complex documents, blue prints, constructions diagrams, and other technical materials.

Required Experience


High school diploma or equivalent. 2-5 years of manufacturing work experience, with 1-2 years of managerial experience. Strong mechanical aptitude and knowledge of manufacturing processes required. Prior experience managing and leading a work crew is necessary. Maintenance background preferred. Previous exposure to working within a unionized environment is a plus. This is a specialized job that requires intensive in-house training. Spanish speaking helpful but not necessary. This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.

Communicate, both orally and in writing, in a professional manner. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Ability and understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form; deal with problems involving several specific variables in or from standard situations.

PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. administers a pre-employment drug screen and background check for U.S. new hires.

All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.