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Shift Team Leader


Shift Team Leader

Organizational Position

Reports to the Production Manager.

Team includes: Operator C (2), Operator B (2), Operator A (5), Production Employee (3)
The number of direct reports may change.



Oostrum (near Venray)



The Team Leader Production supervises the progress and performance of daily production activities in the areas of Safety, Quality, Delivery Reliability, Costs, and Talent Development.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Leads, coordinates planning, and ensures optimal machine occupancy for their area of responsibility.
  • Monitors the adherence to critical department-related KPIs, discussing actions on deviations and bottlenecks with employees and/or other stakeholders.
  • Ensures effective and efficient allocation of available personnel across machines based on weekly/daily planning, consulting with fellow Team Leaders if necessary.
  • Ensures the availability of materials and resources to minimize downtime and production interruptions.
  • Takes timely measures to prevent or correct deviations in the production process (progress, quality).
  • Identifies and escalates recurring production and process problems, proposing solutions.
  • Records production data, specifics/deviations from the original plan using designated systems.
  • Coordinates 1st line maintenance.
  • Coordinates 2nd line maintenance performed by designated and authorized personnel.
  • Ensures clear and effective communication with fellow Team Leaders and other relevant departments regarding progress and/or deviations in the production process.
  • Motivates and encourages employees to optimize their skills and promotes good teamwork within the team.
  • Utilizes the talent within the production team, ensures training for individuals in the team.
  • Maintains the knowledge and skills of team members.
  • Conducts performance reviews and assessments, documenting findings in the designated systems. Reviews are validated and pre-discussed with the Production Manager.
  • Makes recommendations to the Production Manager regarding training, promotion, sanctions, etc., concerning team members.
  • Maintains operational contacts with temporary employment agencies regarding the deployment of temporary workers.
  • Guides (new) employees and temporary workers.
  • Manages and coaches the team meeting (MBU) where Safety, Quality, Delivery Reliability, Costs, and Talent Development are discussed for the last period and future changes are anticipated.
  • Advises on the feasibility and practical consequences of changes in processes, products.
  • Evaluates the content of completed line control forms to ensure accurate and complete production information is recorded.
  • Ensures compliance with safety regulations, such as PPE policy and safe working practices.
  • Documents safety incidents and follows up on actions.
  • Conducts safety rounds, engaging in discussions about safety behavior and setting an example.
  • Plays a role in explaining, overseeing, and correcting the enforcement of company, hygiene, safety, and environmental regulations.
  • Is visible on the department and works within the production process if necessary.
  • Measures and checks product quality, recording it in the designated system.
  • Independently adjusts the production process if required (quality/efficiency).
  • Performs (minor) repairs on machines.
  • Ensures that user maintenance and cleaning activities are carried out.
  • Ensures optimal handover during shift changes.
  • Participates in all relevant forums for the position.


  • Independently decides on the progress of production based on deviations in safety, health, or quality in their shift.
  • Advises and applies sanction policies if the behavior and/or attitude of employees warrant it, towards the Production Manager.
  • Discusses planning, quality, technical functioning of the lines, taking a leading role in making a personnel planning.
  • Allocates their own tasks within established procedures and indicated priorities.
  • Works within the framework of labor legislation, company rules, and guidelines.


  • Allocates their own tasks within the set deadline.
  • Maintains order and cleanliness in the workplace and adheres to company-specific and occupational health and safety guidelines.
  • Optimally utilizes people and resources to achieve departmental goals.
  • Identifies departmental bottlenecks and resolves them as soon as possible.
  • Halts certain activities if necessary for safety or health reasons.


  • Quality, Environment, Safety, and Health (QESH) Department: Exchange information about the quality of the delivered (blocked) production.
  • Technical Department: Exchange information about disruptions and improvements to production lines.
  • Process Engineering: Develop process improvements regarding quality and predictability.
  • Planning Department: Discuss production progress and adjust the production plan with the planning department if necessary.
  • Warehouse Department: Discuss goods flows (quantity and quality) to and from production departments.
  • Human Resources Department: Seek advice on the inflow and outflow of employees.
  • Production Department: Attend working groups and meetings.

Foreign Languages

Proficiency in the English language is required for:

  • Holding discussions with external partners.
  • Communicating with external employees who do not speak Dutch well.
  • Participation and contribution within improvement teams.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum completion of a BOL4 education, preferably in a technical field.
  • Experience in a similar role in a production environment.
  • Experience with 5S/Lean/Kaizen/Six Sigma.
  • Preferably VCA (Safety Checklist for Contractors) certified.
  • Knowledge of and experience with various software packages such as Outlook, Word, and Excel.


  • Planning and organizing.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Flexibility.
  • Oral communication.
  • Written communication.
  • Independence.
  • Persuasiveness.
  • Leadership.
  • Decision-making.
  • Collaboration.
  • Team player.


Have you become enthusiastic about this challenging role as Team Leader Production?

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