Produciton Unit Lead


Opelika , AL 36802


This position functions as lead of a team ensuring the continuous operation of the related production area to meet production requirements. This job is responsible for scheduling of various operations including visual inspection of injection molding parts, insuring a continuous flow of material to facilitate production. Also includes supervision of process equipment, any documentation requirements and execution of quality control activities and maintaining house-keeping and order within the production department.

  • Essential Duties and Responsibilities (these are primary responsibilities of the role and the incumbent will perform other duties as assigned):

  • Responsible for managing the production process of injection molding and controlling all functions of injection molding machines and machine parameters.

  • Gives technical guidance/direction to Machine Setters in injection molding area and trains new employees

  • Responsible for utilizing resources, both their own and others, to meet production goals and report/document proper and accurate downtime information to Production Management

  • Responsible for knowing and following quality procedures for manufactured parts, identifies defective materials and alerts team members and Production Management to unusual quality trends for corrective action.

  • Maintains proper documentation for the Quality Control system and production tracking and reviews quality control documentation completed by Machine Setters in designated area.

  • Identifies potential bottlenecks in the flow process and takes action to prevent reoccurrence.

  • Responsible for properly handling waste and accurately documenting data relative to waste disposal.

  • In the absence of the Shift Leader, able to resolve quality issues and production problems, able to execute contingency plans, and able to manage people.

  • Responsible for knowing and following safety procedures for associated equipment, maintaining orderliness within department and working with shift leaders to achieve production safety and hygiene goals

  • Handles robots in all normal production modes, troubleshoot and identify problems related to robots, machine output and quality defects as they occur.

  • Supports Production Management in establishing work instructions and training material

  • Oversee plant maintenance and cleaning on all components of equipment in area of responsibility in a safe manner.

  • Works with and assists engineers and Production Management in resolving quality, production process issues, and raw material issues

  • Acts as a substitute for all Machine Setters within designated area to fill in where needed for absences.

  • Performs other duties as assigned within scope of responsibilities listed above.

  • Maintains confidential information.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

EEO is the Law

EEO is the law GINA Supplement

Reasonable Accommodations

Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please send an email to or call 877-229-4748 (877-BaxHR4U) and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.

  • Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.


  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in manufacturing

  • Advanced understanding of manufacturing operating procedures in the field of injection molding and part assembly.

  • Requires basic knowledge and understanding of mold design and construction.

  • Requires extensive and practical knowledge of different materials and their workability, especially in the field of thermoplastics.

  • Team player and able to function as part of a team.

  • Able to work independently.

  • Skilled in Microsoft applications, MS Word and MS Excel.

  • Basic math skills.

  • Ability to train and share knowledge with less experienced operators.

  • Ability to work under pressure and respond with a sense of urgency.

  • Work effectively and professionally with employees, team members, engineers, manufacturing management, etc., by using good personal and interpersonal skills.

  • Capable to perform visual inspection of products

Physical / Safety Requirements

  • Must be able to work in an environment without daylight / windows

  • Ascends/descends ladders to access machinery

  • Lifting and/or moves up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move in excess of 50 pounds using lifting aids, techniques, or appropriate assistance

  • Duties may require overtime work, including nights and weekends

  • Use of hands and fingers to manipulate equipment is required

  • Requires standing, walking, bending, pulling, pushing, climbing and crawling.

  • Ability to work 12 hour rotating shifts to include day and night time hours

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