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Production Operator Lead at Niagara - North America

Production Operator Lead

Niagara - North America Kansas City, MO Full-Time

At Niagara, we’re looking for Team Members who want to be part of achieving our mission to provide our customers the highest quality most affordable bottled water.

Consider applying here, if you want to: 

  • Work in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment with a chance to make an impact. 
  • Develop lasting relationships with great people. 
  • Have the opportunity to build a satisfying career.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages for our Team Members.

Production Lead

This position is responsible for collaborating with the Production Supervisor to assist with daily operations of the production floor; ensuring the shift meets established safety, quality, and production goals in compliance with all applicable legal and food safety requirements.

**Essential Functions


  • Assists Production Supervisor with daily activities of assigned shift, ensuring product adheres to Niagara’s standard of safety, quality, and throughput.
  • Communicates with previous shift regarding any challenges and opportunities on the production lines to prepare for the shift.
  • Conducts walkthroughs throughout the shift to verify safety, housekeeping, and quality compliance. 
  • Assists supervisor with batching minerals (if applicable) and preparing production lines for scheduled changeovers. 
  • Orders and inspects raw materials prior to changeovers to ensure correct inventories for production runs. Performs first pass quality checks after changeovers to prevent non-conforming product. Returns raw materials after completion of production runs.
  • Verifies discrete jobs are correct in Oracle (including quality and bill of material list), Warehouse Management System, and/or Line Management System.
  • Supports Production Supervisor with hourly and/or end of shift production reports.
  • Utilizes the Efficiency Improvement Tools to understand and comment on line downtime and communicates appropriately per the escalation plan.
  • Adheres to the highest standards of company and plant safety programs, guidelines, rules, and regulations. 
  • Abides by Niagara’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Food Safety Standards at all times.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the job.
  • Ability to work 12 hour shifts, day or night, on a rotating 2-2-3 schedule or schedule as dictated by production demand.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.



  • Minimum Qualifications:- 4 Years – Experience in Field or similar manufacturing environment
    • 4 Years – Experience in Position
    • 4 Years - Experience managing people/projects

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education

  • Preferred Qualifications:- 6 Years–Experience in Field or similar manufacturing environment
    • 6 Years- Experience working in Position 
    • 6 Years – Experience managing people/projects

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education



This position embodies the values of Niagara’s LIFE competency model, focusing on the following key drivers of success:

  • Lead Like an Owner

    • Makes safety the number one priority
    • Keeps alert for safety issues and escalates immediately
    • Effectively prioritizes tasks based on department goals
    • Shows respect to others and confronts interpersonal issues directly
    • Prioritizes resolution of customer issues effectively
    • Responds promptly and honors commitments to internal and external customers
  • InnovACT

    • Makes recommendations to continuously improve policies, methods, procedures, and/or products
    • Demonstrates adaptability by reacting appropriately to unexpected changes in situations or circumstances
    • Increases performance through greater efficiency
  • Find a Way

    • Seeks to develop technical knowledge through learning from other experts
    • Understands interdepartmental impact of individual decisions and actions
    • Seeks solutions rather than placing blame
  • Empowered to be Great

    • Consistently looks for ways to improve one’s self through growth and development opportunities
    • Communicates clearly and promptly up, down, and across
    • Communicates effectively to manage expectations



  • Minimum Required: - High School Diploma or GED

  • Preferred: - Associate's Degree



  • Required: N/A
  • Preferred: N/A

**Foreign Language


  • Required: None Required
  • Preferred: None Required


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*This job is intended to be performed entirely outside of Colorado


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You should be proficient in:

  • Lean Manufacturing Principles

Salary info:

$22 - $26 / hr

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