Progress Rail Services Corp. Production Supervisor in Peru, Indiana

Auto req ID: 2958BR
Posting Title: Production Supervisor
Job Category: Manufacturing/Operations
City: Peru
State: Indiana
Alternative Work Location: Peru Indiana

Company Description

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is an integrated rolling stock and infrastructure provider, delivering a full range of products and services to domestic and international railroad customers. Our customers enjoy one-stop shopping and comprehensive cradle-to-grave railway solutions - whether it rolls on the rail or is the rail itself. From locomotives, transit, freight cars and engines, to tracks, signals and advanced technology, we ensure customers can count on us to meet all their rail needs. Forging the bridge between ideas and success, our talented and innovative team members work together to address the challenges of the rail industry today, ensuring success for the future. As part of a vibrant, global network of business operations, each and every member of our team is important to our success. With headquarters in Albertville, Ala., more than 7,000 dedicated employees serve customers through a network of close to 150 locations around the world. For more information, visit and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter and YouTube.

Job Purpose

• Responsible for Leadership and Execution of all CPS Elements (People, Quality, Velocity and Cost) for assigned Business Unit;

• Lead team members to ensure production schedules and quality standards are met;

• Lead, coach and performance manage employees to obtain area production and quality goals;

• Identify and resolve production-related issues and champion Six Sigma, Lean, CI, 6S initiatives for area;

• Direct and Indirect Reports - hourly: variable, up to 50-100 team members performing one or more of the following: welding, electrical and mechanical assembly, fabrication or painting operations;

• Must be able to travel occasional domestic and international travel.

Key Job Elements

• Safety:

o Ensure team members work in a safe manner and follow all safe work procedures and work instructions;

o Identify and eliminate unsafe work conditions; ensure timely completion of safety-related correction actions;

o Ensure all Safe Work Procedures for their current department are known and adhered to by employees;

o Meet or exceed departmental safety goals for lost time and recordable incidences;

o Ensure Company and legislative training requirements are met for existing, new hire and transferred team members;

o Encourage team to bring forward suggestions to improve safety;

o Complete scheduled safety talks; maintain a clean shop environment.

• Quality:

o Ensure product leaving department meets or exceeds quality goals as defined by metrics (e.g. DPU);

o Ensure timely completion of Corrective Actions in Quality database as assigned;

o Address all quality issues through appropriate channels;

o Work with quality department for continuous improvement on quality and procedures for product quality;

o Process Discrepant Material Tags and Quality Notifications using MRP system in timely, efficient manner;

o Work with Quality dept team members to understand supplier problems; verify suspect supplier parts to print, as well as make disposition on rework / scrap components;

o Make recommendations to supplier on potential process improvements / best practices;

o Clearly communicate (via phone & email) with vendors regarding non- conforming material;

o Coordinate return of defective material and replacement stock;

o Follow-up on clean points from the supplier.

• Production:

o Work with Master Scheduling to meet MPS requirements;

o Schedule people resources to adhere to MPS;

o Prioritize workflow to ensure internal and external customer satisfaction regarding timeliness of product delivery;

o Create real time status boards; support monthly ship plans;

• Cost:

o Allocate people / resources to production times to match standard hours and thus achieve efficiency goals;

o Manage overtime to meet efficiency and cost targets;

o Track and target all vendor issues and allocate to proper cost center;

o Vigorously identify opportunities for cost reduction or efficiency gain.

• Leadership:

o At all times, act in accordance with PRS values;

o Communicate performance expectations and company and departmental goals to team members;

o Lead, coach, performance manage direct reports; complete accurate and timely performance reviews;

o Ensure team follows company policies and procedures and take immediate action on non-compliance;

o Use timekeeping system and attendance management programs to track and schedule payroll relate information such as regular work hours, vacation, overtime, etc and respond to any issues;

o Work on special projects as required as member of plant leadership team;

o Be an example.

Education / Training

• Bachelor Degree preferred, but not required;

• Training in Lean Six Sigma Techniques preferred, but not required.

Qualifications and Experience

An Ideal candidate will have college credits or applied work experience in a technical area with strong process and critical thinking skills. This candidate should have experience working in a technical environment preferably, but not required, in LOCOMOTIVE COMPONENTS.


Progress Rail Services Corporation and its subsidiary and affiliate companies offer an excellent total compensation package* including competitive salary, 401(k) plan with company match, available medical/dental/life/disability insurance coverage and paid vacation and holidays. Relocation assistance may be available for some positions.

*Benefits eligibility differs by job position and employment status - governing plan documents control such benefits..


Equal Opportunity Employer – Race/Color/Sex/Religion/National Origin/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Vets/Disabilities