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Pelican Products Team Leader, 1st Shift in South Deerfield, Massachusetts


Responsible for overseeing the Fast Lane department on the production floor. Will work with the Fast Lane Value Stream to ensure orders are delivered ahead of schedule. This includes working with Operations to flex staff over during high volumes (and overseeing that staff), and/or completing orders themselves when work is slower. During rare occasions Lead will be reassigned to roles within Operations (and reporting into the appropriate Production Supervisor). Must be able to operate all equipment required within Fast Lane. Lead must have a strong sense of urgency and work well under pressure. Communication between Value Stream, Lead, and Manager is paramount to the department’s success.


  • Trains and cross-trains team members to ensure competency in all departmental functions.

  • Measures production performance and ensures goals are being met. Responsible for the identification of any obstacles to meeting schedule and for problem solving with team members.

  • Knowledgeable and develops competency of every job performed by team members.

  • Ensures that quality is built into process.

  • Drives continuous improvement while striving to identify and eliminate activities that do not add value.

  • Coordinates and monitors break and absenteeism coverage to ensure appropriate coverage in work areas.

  • Oversees work performance and provides feedback and data to supervisor/manager to support performance reviews. Coaches team members on an ongoing basis. Informs supervisor/manager of all concerns as they arise.

  • Processes startup and control; initiates changeover activity.

  • Disperses labor during down time in accordance with Lean principles.

  • Arranges for materials to flow smoothly to and from production lines.

  • Provides good communication between shifts to ensure a smooth transition.

  • Provides good communication link between management and team.

  • Initiates work orders for quick maintenance.

  • Ensures standardized work is followed.

  • Facilitates small group improvement activities.

  • Follows company policies and practices as outlined in the Employee Handbook and/or applicable employment agreement. Follows safety guidelines and procedures in accordance to the job.

  • Performs additional duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.

  • Must have knowledge in manufacturing processes; advanced knowledge preferred.

  • Must have the ability to operate power equipment and hand tools such as saws, drills routers and heat guns

  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or written instructions.

  • Basic knowledge with Microsoft Office; ERP knowledge preferred.

  • Ability to drive forklifts and possess necessary certification.


  • Actively supports and complies with Pelican’s objectives, guidelines and commitment to Quality and Safety, with an emphasis on continual improvement.

  • Must be able to interact effectively and cooperatively with employees at all levels.

  • Must have the ability to complete assignments within the timeframe specified by the Manager.

  • Must be flexible regarding working hours and overtime. Must be able to work overtime on evenings and weekends, with or without advanced notice.

  • Must be able to operate in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple projects simultaneously.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be constantly required to execute standard physical activities within the facility areas (i.e. stand, walk, sit, use hands/fingers).

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be occasionally required to execute non-standard physical activities within the facility areas (i.e. climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch).

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

    Pelican Products, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law..