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Foundry Production Superintendent



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023

Mueller, the nation's leading manufacturer of flow control devices for the water and gas distribution industries, has an immediate opening in our Decatur, Illinois manufacturing plant for a Foundry Production Superintendent. The Decatur Operations established in 1857, manufacturers rugged and dependable devices used in industrial/commercial applications. Its products include brass water and steel gas valves, Water/Gas Line tapping machines, Line Stopper Fittings, tools, and controllers.

The Foundry Production Superintendent is responsible for overseeing the production operations of the foundry locations to ensure efficiency and adherence to guidelines, budgets, and timelines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and directs all production department personnel in the effective and economic utilization of the foundry’s manufacturing facilities to produce products to the company’s specifications

  • Recommends alternations and replacement of equipment as they become either obsolete, or in need of re-design, and makes improvement as necessary to meet quality standards

  • Scheduling shifts and overseeing daily operations to ensure that production goals are met

  • Reviewing safety procedures to ensure compliance with company standards

  • Coordinating with suppliers to ensure that materials are available when needed

  • Responsible for the effective training of assigned employees

  • Maintains good community relationships as they relate to assigned employees and the foundry’s effectiveness in reaching its objectives.

  • Manage the daily manufacturing operations across multiple lines.

  • Identify/prioritize/provide resources to assist the Foundry Manager to meet the annual operating plan and budgetary commitments.

  • Managing the manning plan of new employees to ensure adequate levels of staffing are met

  • Monitoring inventory levels to ensure the right amount of materials on hand to meet demand

  • Working with engineers to design or improve existing products and processes

  • Communicate effectively with employees, suppliers, customers and stakeholders on all aspects of the business

  • Implements flow manufacturing techniques where appropriate.

  • Plan and lead the activities of production processes and personnel on various shifts during the manufacturing/assembly of products.

  • Partner with the Production Manager, Production Planning, and Materials departments to establish production priorities and plans.

  • Direct production operations in accordance with established priorities and sequences for manufacturing products using knowledge of production processes and methods, machine and equipment capabilities and skilled labor.

  • Assist Quality Assurance and Manufacturing Engineering personnel in testing, troubleshooting, and modifying processes to improve production methods, equipment performance and quality of products.

  • Meet or exceed goals established for safety, labor efficiencies, schedule attainment, scrap, rework, and any other production related goals.

  • Initiate, suggest, and implement plans to motivate, empower, and develop workers to achieve work goals in a team environment.

  • Supervise and assist in the set-up, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of various automated machines, assembly equipment and/or machining centers.

  • Obtain critically needed products from material as directed, performing any necessary operations / processes to expedite requirements toward production plans.

  • Implement lean techniques and principles such as 5S, standardized work, waste identification and elimination, value stream mapping, team based multi-skilled workforce, one piece flow technology, visual factory concepts, and total productive maintenance.

  • Provides other support to production and management as required.


Leadership competencies that inspire the trust and respect of the team while driving productivity improvements.

  • Strong problem-solving / critical thinking skills: ability to quickly ascertain a situation and be decisive in solving problems.

  • Conflict resolution skills.

  • Strong oral, written and presentation communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational, time management and prioritization skills.

  • Emotional intelligence.

  • Exceptional change management skills; very adaptable.

  • Forward thinking.

  • Prior experience in successfully leading supervisory level employees.

  • Coach and develop direct report leaders to be exceptional leaders of people.

  • Strong Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, and Teams skills.

  • Strong interpersonal / people relations skills.

  • Strong multi-tasking skills.

  • Must be able to interact with all levels of leadership and hourly team members in a professional and confidential manner.

  • Must be an independent thinker and willing to take action when needed.

  • Ability to persuade and influence others in a positive manner.

  • Focus on continuous improvement of process, efficiency, and people development & engagement.

  • A keen sense of urgency.

  • Proven strategic and tactical abilities.

Required Experience and/or Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, or related field or equivalent experience.

  • 1-3 years of experience in manufacturing environment involving high speed machining.

  • Outstanding PC/Systems knowledge and skills.

  • Strong leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills with ability to interact with all levels of employees, customers, and outside professionals.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other category protected by law.