Manufacturing Supervisor - Melt Shop

Date: Jul 11, 2024

Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas, US, 72916

Company: Gerdau

About Us

At Gerdau, it's all about the people. Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity. We value teamwork, safety, and sustainability. We are committed to continuous improvement and believe we can create a better future for our employees and our Global community by investing in people, processes, and technology. We offer Global opportunities, competitive benefits, flexible work schedules, opportunities for career development and more. Join us in our cultural & digital transformation, and helps us build the future at the Gerdau We Are Creating.


Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan with world-class steel manufacturing mills in Jackson, Michigan, Monroe Michigan, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and a metal processing facility in Huntington, Indiana.


With engineered steel bar producing capabilities in North America and Brazil, the Gerdau Special Steel group is one of the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.



•    Medical and Prescription
•    Dental
•    Vision
•    Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
•    401(k)
•    Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
•    Health Advocate Services
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Tuition Reimbursement Program



The Melt Shop Routine Supervisor is responsible for ensuring the standardization of processes within their assigned area of responsibility.  Ensures that standardized processes are properly documented and that the required training is provided to personnel responsible for operating to the standards.  Assists in failure analysis when significant problems occur and compare performance to existing standards.  Makes appropriate updates to standards when needed.  Performs audits of performance against standards and develops appropriate corrective action to ensure compliance.




The primary function of this position is to ensure that routine management efforts are carried out within his/her department and to assist with improvement efforts.  This activity will include conducting needs assessments, operational audits, coaching of operators and supervisory personnel on the production/quality improvement programs, 5S improvements, achieving cost control and environmental control goals, development of preventive maintenance processes, development of correct procedures for safety management, and assisting with all training efforts. 


The Melt Shop Routine Supervisor will report directly to the appropriate Department Superintendent but will also collaborate with the Area Leaders and Management Systems group to ensure that the practices of the Gerdau Business System (GBS) are sustained and continuously improved upon.  This will include responsibilities related to the annual action plan as dictated by the Department Superintendent.  Additionally, incumbents may be assigned to perform in specific areas of responsibility associated with safety, cost, training, quality, etc., or may be assigned to a specific crew to perform these facilitator responsibilities.


Qualifications for this position include a two or four-year college degree in engineering, or business administration. The incumbent should possess and demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the business system and of steel manufacturing methods and techniques involving the use of heavy mill machinery and related equipment.  Previous qualifying experience on related work or lesser jobs of 3 – 5 years with practical training pertaining to scrap processing, melting, casting, rolling, maintenance, finishing, and/or shipping/warehousing operations, and to include some supervisory and facilitation experience.


The Routine Supervisor will be responsible for documenting the standard processes to be used through the use of process control standards, management standards, routine procedures, job aids, one-point lessons, and process guarantee tables through collaboration with hourly and supervisory personnel. In addition, the incumbent audits the workforce performance to the standards in accordance with a predetermined schedule and documents the results of these audits and provides the needed corrective actions to ensure performance to standards.  This includes performing unscheduled audits on those poor performing processes and ensuring compliance with standards.  Updates and changes standards when appropriate.


The incumbent tracks the performance of control items and communicates this performance to the appropriate management team.  Possesses the skills required to perform trend analysis of the performance data and to identify commonalities within the data, including the requisite computer skills necessary to carry out these responsibilities.  Must be able to communicate these results appropriately, to include formal presentations in front of a group of people. They must perform the above-mentioned duties and responsibilities in accordance with all Federal, State, and Local environmental regulations. The statements above are intended to provide a general description of the nature and level of work to be performed by individual’s occupying this classification.  These are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, and duties required of personnel within the classification.


Application Process


Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity related to all employees and applicants for employment.  It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or other legally protected status. 


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Nearest Major Market: Fort Smith