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Manufacturing Supervisor, ekaterra

Supply Chain
Suffolk, VA

This is a temporary contract position.

About ekaterra

ekaterra is the biggest tea business in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. eka stands for unity and one purpose while terra stands for earth and nature. As ekaterra we are united in one purpose: growing a world of wellbeing through the regenerative power of plants.

Present in more than 100 countries, ekaterra generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, whilst part of Unilever. With 11 production factories in four continents and tea growing estates in three countries, ekaterra is a profitable and growing business offering a world of wellbeing with the regenerative power of plants to hundreds of millions of consumers. Recently Unilever announced that it had agreed to sell ekaterra to CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII. As a standalone entity, ekaterra is even better positioned to lead the industry with dedicated focus driving greater growth and value.

Under CVC’s ownership, ekaterra has an exciting future ahead with opportunities for increased investments in our brands, our people and our capabilities. Combining the strength and scale of its global iconic brands with speed and agility, ekaterra is brewing a ‘corporate start-up’ mindset that’s opening-up new opportunities to flourish every day – both for its business, and its people.

At ekaterra, we work alongside people who put consumer love at the heart of every decision. Diverse minds who celebrate new ideas, share our values and the commitment we have for the wellbeing of all. In return, we create an environment that gives our people space and freedom, where they can grow as leaders. A connected community where ideas can thrive. Where you explore new challenges. Learning all you need to master your field, and even more about yourself.

Be part of this amazing blend. Join our collective and help us grow a better world of wellbeing and a better you.

Background & Purpose of the Job

The purpose of this position is to lead the Manufacturing Operation for a shift at the Lipton Tea Manufacturing Site in Suffolk, VA.  This factory produces all of the Lipton Tea bags for North America as well as new production of Tazo Tea bags.  This position will be critical to drive performance in this high paced and cross functional environment.  Team leadership and team engagement is vital to the success of this role.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

This role will report to the Manufacturing Manager and work cross functionally with other departments to run the Manufacturing Operation on a shift. This position is responsible for the safety, quality, and production performance for an entire shift of 40-60 hourly employees.  There is a large amount of responsibility to deliver day to day results, in addition to longer term people development.  It’s critical for this position to be able to communicate and explain key initiatives to employees and hold the teams accountable to deliver in all aspects of manufacturing.  In addition to day-to-day management of the operation, this position is also required to support the sites continuous improvement agenda.  This spans a wide variety of safety, quality, productivity, cost, waste improvements or new equipment/product/material trials.  Initiative, and the ability to proactively identify problems, develop and implement solutions is necessary.  This role is a critical Front Line Leader in the plant and will be expected to have strong interpersonal skills for their own direct reports, as well as the ability to work laterally with other departments in the factory.  It will be important to work cross functionally within the factory to drive plant wide results.

  • You’re a born leader: Lead a team of 40-60 employees to drive engagement and increased performance. 

  • You love to win, and have fun doing it: High performance site looking to continue to drive improvements in Safety, Quality, and Productivity.  The teams want to succeed, and want someone they can trust to help guide them.

  • You’re a teacher: Coaching and developing the team is critical to success.

  • You’re a changemaker: Drive a culture shift for high performance and collaborative teams with new high speed equipment.

  • You’re a culture & change champion: Instill a Safety First Culture and change the mindset in regards to how we approach safety problems.  Safety is not a singular action, but a culture change.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Minimum 3 years of Manufacturing Supervisory experience

  • Excellent team leadership and communication skills

  • Must have the ability to manage project and project teams from inception to completion including hitting deadlines and documenting progress

  • Experience in High Speed Manufacturing, FMCG, or Food Manufacturing preferred

  • Safety specific experience a plus

  • Ability to relate and adapt to the workforce

The qualities we look for

ekaterra is made up of a special blend of individuals which make our teams exciting and diverse. To be part of our blend we are looking for individuals who think Green and are environmentally conscious, who understand the power of simplicity and who are accountable for their actions. We want those who infuse mastery and passion in everything they do to create great products and unforgettable experiences for our consumers.

What’s in it for you

We believe that growth is for everyone, we believe in growing leaders, and we believe in making space to grow an owner’s mentality. Like nature, we adapt, we change and we grow. We believe in connections over hierarchies and work levels. We have a 'corporate start-up' approach; we act with speed and agility and we have the strength and scale of a large corporation. We are building a better world of wellbeing, and a better you.

ekaterra is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination under Federal law. For more information, please see EEO is the Law.

Background Checks:

Employment is subject to verification of pre-employment drug-screening results, Motor Vehicle Records check and background investigation.

For office-based, Research & Development, and remote positions, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to be eligible for employment. Religious and/or medical accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

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