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Otter Tail Corporation Shift Lead - 2nd Shift - OTSEGO MN in Otsego, Minnesota


$2,000 Sign on Bonus to be paid out as an additional $4/hour for your 1st 500 Regular Hours

Shift Hours:

2nd Shift - 4pm - 2am M-Th ($21.50/Hour) + 10% shift differential

Company Overview:

Imagine turning 12 million pounds of recycled post-industrial waste into products that help plants grow. At TO Plastics our world is not round, it’s square. We help growers reduce their costs by consuming less space and reducing the amount of water and fertilizer needed through our production of industry leading square pots and other growing containers. In addition to our work that helps save our planet, we also help save lives. By creating best-in-class sterile barrier packages for some of the world’s largest medical device companies, our packages protect medical instruments used in operating rooms around the world. If you are interested in repurposing waste, supporting plant propagation, and helping save lives through medical technology, check out how you will learn and grow as a shift lead in our Otsego Facility

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for assisting the Supervisors in job scheduling, job set-up, job completion and training of employees to effectively work in their designated areas.

Main Responsibilities

  • Obey all safety policies and procedures, always work in a safe manner and report unsafe conditions or hazards.

  • Oversee and provide daily direction to the employees within their work area.

  • Monitor assigned duties and ensure the processes remain in control and operate efficiently.

  • Monitor the process and notify appropriate person when issues arise beyond their abilities to resolve.

  • Track productivity provide feedback and coaching to staff and utilize” visual boards” and other methods to communicate to the staff.

  • Identify and implement opportunities for continuous improvement.

  • Assist the Supervisor and functions as their backup when their unavailable.

  • Data entry of shift reporting into TMM.


  • Assist in training of all production personnel

  • Maintain work area in a neat and organized manner performing housekeeping duties.

  • Attend and participate in safety, toolbox and other meetings.

  • Perform other duties as requested by supervisor/manager

Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.

  • Competent in Computer Skills.

  • Demonstrated print reading capability.

  • Proven training record on set-up and job structure.

  • Ability to lead groups of hourly operators.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of T.O. Plastics products and processes is preferred

  • Willing and able to relocate to other plant locations for promotions

  • Able to write and speak clearly and accurately

  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships

  • Able to tactfully deal with guests and team members

  • Analytical and Interpersonal skills.

  • Leadership Abilities

  • Self-motivated and Goal oriented

  • Innovative

  • Organizational skills

  • Ability to multitask

  • Articulate

  • Decision making qualities

Work Conditions/Travel:

  • Fast paced environment around automated manufacturing equipment and forklifts carrying small to large loads

  • High decibel equipment requiring the use of ear protection

  • Potential flying debris and dust

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to operate a forklift

  • Ability to lift and adjust inventory as needed to ensure safe storage

Work Environment:

  • As noted above