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Manufacturing Line Leader



South Carolina, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024

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Job Summary:
MycoWorks is seeking a person to fill the role of Production Line Leader. This person will have

24/7 results accountability for a single production area in MycoWorks’ new Reishi™ production facility in Union, SC. This person will lead the production area through its startup to long-term stability. This will be accomplished by driving consistent increases in throughput by leveraging continuous improvement and loss elimination methodologies, all of which is to be built upon a strong foundation of all safety and quality systems.

Critical focus areas for the Production Line Leader will be: implementation of the MycoWay

(MycoWorks’ novel manufacturing work system); coaching and development of direct reports in

the areas of leadership, process understanding, and technical knowledge (Learn-Do-Teach methodology); elimination of their Area’s top chronic production losses to root cause; and fostering a winning culture. The Production Line Leader will be expected to accomplish their work via daily on-the-floor coaching (50-80%).

This role interacts heavily with multiple organizations, including Engineering, EHS, Quality, Supply

Chain, Process Development, and the People team. The role reports to the Operations Manager.


  • Lead implementation of the MycoWay by leveraging servant leadership principles
  • Drive a “Zero Defect” culture, especially in the areas of Safety and Quality
  • Create and execute against an annual Master Plan as well as the corresponding 30-60-90 Day Plans
  • Execution of the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle with a focus on the elimination of the Area’s top chronic losses
  • Lead the Daily Direction Setting process for your Area, ensuring the creation and execution of the “plan for the day” that addresses the previous day’s top sporadic losses, while also incorporating actions to address chronic losses and capability gaps
  • Perform Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly gap analysis to validate all plans are on track, adjusting when necessary
  • Manage progress of the Skill Matrix which assesses the production team’s current capability level against the desired target and highlights the priority improvement areas
  • Develop the leadership capabilities of the shift leaders such that your Area is ran consistently

shift-to-shift, day and night

  • Manage the performance of your team - set clear goals and expectations, give timely feedback, conduct semi-annual performance reviews, manage the Area’s Rewards & Recognition program
  • Execute Root Cause Loss Elimination targeted at your Area’s top losses and ensure they are driven to Zero, coaching your teams on the process along the way
  • Assist in rolling out all Daily Management Systems in your Area and leveraging them to drive breakthrough results
  • Assist the Engineering department in the validation of all new equipment for this facility’s startup
  • Work with Process Engineering/Process Development groups in validating process changes/ centerlines
  • Assist the Quality department with the improvement of test methods that are tied to your Area’s top Quality losses
  • Hire new production operators on a timeline that enables you to achieve all of your goals
  • Meet your Area’s budget, assessing adherence on a monthly/quarterly/annual basis
  • Drives company vision in their work area


  • BS in Engineering or Business is preferred
  • 2+ years of experience in Manufacturing and/or Manufacturing Leadership
  • Experience with having 24/7 results accountability in a high-paced manufacturing environment
  • People Management experience of teams > 20 individuals with a proven record of building capability in the organization
  • Thorough understanding of TPM methodologies and implementation
  • Knowledge of root cause analysis tools and ability to train the broader organization on their proper execution
  • Understanding of OSHA standards and how to drive an “Injury Free” workplace
  • Ability to execute gap analyses and create focused action plans
  • Understanding of autonomous and progressive maintenance systems
  • Knowledge of statistical process control
  • Experience working in cross functional teams
  • Experience with starting up new equipment and/or production lines
  • Able to effectively give and receive feedback to individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to make business decisions quickly while under pressure
  • Ability to operate with incomplete information and implicit instruction
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a budget while hitting all other production goals

Physical Demand


Stand or Sit (stationary position)

Frequently to Constantly

Walk (move/traverse)

Occasionally to Frequently

Dexterity (use hands/fingers to handle/feel)

Frequently to Constantly

Climb (stairs/ladders) or Balance

Occasionally to Frequently

Stoop, Kneel, Crouch, Crawl

Occasionally to Frequently

Talk/Hear (communicate/convey/discern)

Frequently to Constantly

See (observe/identify/inspect/perceive/assess)

Frequently to Constantly

Lift, Carry, Push, Pull (move/transport/install/remove)

Up to 25 lbs, Occasionally to Frequently / Up to 50 lbs, Seldom to Occasionally

Exposure to Work Environments

Working near loud machinery, Occasionally to Frequently

MycoWorks offers world class benefits and compensation programs to support the health, well-being and financial empowerment of our employees. Our benefits include:

  • Medical, Vision and Dental plans at no cost to employees
  • Equity
  • Optional insurance coverage for partners and dependents
  • FSA Accounts
  • Free Personal Health Advocate
  • Generous PTO policy
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid holidays beyond the traditional
  • 401(k) program

MycoWorks may contact you via text message regarding your application for this or similar opportunities. You can always text STOP to opt out.


In our commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment, we recognize the importance of accommodating individual needs. If you require any specific accommodations during the application or interview process, please feel free to let us know. We are dedicated to facilitating a comfortable and accessible experience for all candidates, and will work with you to ensure your needs are met.