Production Supervisor at Howmet Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia

Posted in General Business 12 days ago.

Type: Full-Time





Job Description:

This opening is with Howmet Aerospace - a world leader in investment casting of superalloys, aluminum and titanium primarily for jet aircraft and industrial gas turbine markets. For more information about Howmet Aerospace, visit us online at www.howmet.com .

Howmet has challenging opportunities for individuals who are excited to engage with us in growing our business. Join us where you will be part of a dedicated team to manufacture high tech products, safely, accurately and efficiently, you will perform a variety of hands-on operations in accordance with standardized processes within customer specifications.

Job Summary : This position is responsible for providing leadership in manufacturing excellence, ensuring customer satisfaction and continuous improvement of responsible areas' performance measurements (quality, productivity, cycle time, delivery and cash flow). Supervises and coordinates activities of team leaders and workers engaged in production. Establishes and coordinates departmental activities to meet objectives to coincide with plant goals and business metrics.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities :


  • Follows all Howmet's safety regulations, work rules/instructions and all departmental specific requirements.
  • Examines castings and products at various stages of processing procedures for conformance to both internal and external specifications.
  • Understands constraint management, OEE and applies techniques that exploit constraints to improve OEE.
  • Creates a team culture of safety compliance and awareness.
  • Assigns work to meet production schedules.
  • Conducts capacity analysis to drive standard work and ensure accuracy of standards.
  • Develops and implements strategic plans, team goals and objectives that align with BU objectives.
  • Understands, develops and implements Daily Management techniques and methodologies to facilitate attainment of business objectives for areas of responsibility
  • Provides leadership and drives continuous improvement (lean manufacturing, i.e. reduce WIP and cycle times) and efficiencies related to production methods and output, equipment performance, and product quality.
  • Studies production schedules and estimates labor hour requirements for completion of jobs; calculates, tracks labor utilization and implements method improvements to reduce labor content.
  • Drives cost reductions to improve profitability.
  • Analyzes and resolves work issues, assists workers in solving work problems through data analysis, six sigma, and other accepted business problem solving methodologies.
  • Records and maintains measurements and data regarding departmental performance and creates solutions via analytical approach to data.
  • Creates an environment that fosters employee engagement.
  • Maintains time and production records.
  • Collaborates with other supervisors to coordinate activities of individual departments.
  • Makes employment related decisions such as hiring, training, disciplinary actions, terminations, etc.
  • Completes performance evaluations for direct reports.
  • Must comply with all company attendance policies and guidelines; this includes, but is not limited to, regular attendance and occasional overtime.
  • Maintains an excellent attendance record - responsible for 24/7 operations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Roles


  • Empowering talent--identifies and removes obstacles to productivity at individual and systemic levels; inspires and equips people to perform; understands direct link between people and measurable performance; provides cross-training opportunities
  • Flexibility--responds readily to a variety of stimuli in an environment where every day can be different; capable of multitasking and moving quickly from one topic to another; employs different mindsets or perspectives situationally
  • Organized and time conscious--manages time well; does what is needed efficiently; understands how long processes require and manages expectations accordingly; navigates the tension between availability and proactivity
  • Business-minded--aligns people and resources to demand; forecasts need and synthesizes input to anticipate focus areas on a time and project basis; thorough understanding of business enables quick decisions where appropriate
  • Interpretation and synthesis--makes sense of multiple inputs quickly and efficiently; generates action plans from available information; interprets data and qualitative information to provide justification and purpose; rationalizes decision making with substantive reasoning; understands relevant numbers and trends
  • Rigor--participates in audit processes; utilizes existing systems extensively and expertly; solicits information from shift level to enterprise; creates processes through continuous improvement
  • Team orientation--often involved at a tactical level; can contribute technically or operationally if needed, though not as first option; retains authority while delegating ownership
  • Trust and relationship--communicates openly and regularly, maintaining information flow; visible on floor; focuses attention on strengths and achievements, while addressing shortcomings as needed
  • Ingenuity--finds efficiencies and gains time closer to delivery; solicits and implements ideas; invites improvement from any sector or level
  • Professional posture--handles escalations objectively and dispassionately; recasts difficult situations as opportunities for learning and growth; custodian of plant environment and brand

Job Specifications :

Skills and Abilities :


  • Reads and interprets documents such as EHS policies, operating and maintenance instructions, and work activity instructions.
  • Writes routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak and present effectively before management and all levels of employees within the organization.
  • Ability to perform mathematical computations to include fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rates, ratios, and percentages and to develop and interpret bar graphs and other visual diagrams.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Must be able to use independent judgment.
  • Ability to collect, analyze and interpret data to make business decisions.

Physical Demands :

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds with mechanical assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment :

This is a typical industrial/manufacturing environment. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to include but no limited to safety glasses, steel-toe shoes and earplugs are required. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles within the confines of the manufacturing areas. The employee is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration. Occasionally the employee is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, outside weather conditions, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Education : This position requires a Bachelor's degree in Business or other related Technical field or equivalent.
  • Experience : This position requires a minimum of three-years related experience and/or training. Experience with Lean, Six Sigma techniques and other approved continuous improvement tools/methodologies in a manufacturing setting preferred.
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.