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Avery Dennison Production Supervisor - 3rd Shift in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Company Description

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and digital identification solutions company that provides branding and information labeling solutions, including pressure-sensitive materials, radio-frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tags, and a variety of converted products and solutions. The company designs and manufactures a wide range of labeling and functional materials that enhance branded packaging, carry or display information that connects the physical and the digital, and improve customers’ product performance. The company serves an array of industries worldwide, including home and personal care, apparel, e-commerce, logistics, food and grocery, pharmaceuticals and automotive. The company employs approximately 36,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2022 were $9.0 billion. Learn more at

At Avery Dennison, some of the great benefits we provide are:

  • Health & Wellness benefits starting on day 1 of employment

  • Paid parental leave

  • 401K eligibility

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Flexible work arrangements

  • Employee Assistance Program eligibility / Health Advocate

  • Paid vacation and Paid holidays

Job Description

About Avery Dennison Fastener Solutions

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 9001 and IATF 16949 certified.

About your role

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 factory operations 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 and communicate any issues that prevent the company from meeting its goals and objectives. This is a highly transparent and promotable position that reports to the Operations 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

  • Assist in implementing Corrective Actions resulting from customer complaints and internally identified opportunities

  • Identify opportunities to optimize allocation of resources and labor

  • Connect with other functional areas and other shifts to maintain optimum safety, efficiency and quality

  • Support Kaizen events and 5S initiatives

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

Provide direction during the shift

  • 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

  • Approve direct reports time and track attendance

  • Manage direct reports' vacation/PTO


What we will be looking for in you:

  • 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.

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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