Manufacturing Team Leader- Geneva, Illinois

General Mills

General Mills

Geneva, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Job Description


The Team Leader is an exciting and high visibility new role. This role is part of a startup of a major investment expanding an existing factory. 


The Team Leader will provide manufacturing leadership to deliver a world-class operation. Team Leaders lead, motivate, and develop employees to achieve outstanding manufacturing results, while leveraging Continuous Improvement (Lean/TPM) tools, improving individual skills, and enhancing teamwork. Team Leader position responsible for providing direction and support to a production team.


During the first year of this role, significant travel be required to learn the equipment, build training material, and help to prepare for a vertical startup. Relocation to the Geneva, IL area will be required. Timing is flexible, prior to November 2023.


Schedule will be Monday – Friday, day shift during training. Schedule will change in Fall 2023 to a 2-3-2 schedule that will be a rotating, 4-crew schedule with 12 hours shifts. This schedule provides 182 days off per year plus vacation with every other weekend off. 



  • Educate, develop, and motivate a manufacturing work group to achieve required production results, improving individual technical skills and enabling collaboration across boundaries
  • Ensure that production facilities and finished products meet the company and government standards for quality, sanitation, and safety
  • Establish and sustain sound relationships with all employees in order to foster an environment where innovative methods are used to involve others in creative solutions to issues
  • Provide business leadership which demonstrates commitment to department and plant objectives on a day-to-day basis
  • Facilitate, coach, counsel, and guide the manufacturing work group to ensure that they have the ability to deliver results year over year through the use of continuous improvement tools and strategies
  • Function as a technical resource in areas of system operations and product requirements
  • Facilitate the effective interchange of information between work groups, cross-functional resources, and other members of the plant and corporate teams



  • 1-3 years of manufacturing or related experience
  • High School diploma
  • Demonstrated leadership skills



  • Bachelor’s degree in any major
  • 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Ability to adjust to multiple demands, shifting work priorities, ambiguity, adversity and change
  • Demonstrated understanding of technology and providing solutions to technical challenges
  • Strong conceptual skills and ability to implement change
  • Sound analytical and business judgment including demonstrated problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills
  • Ability to plan, lead, and execute strategic initiatives in a complex environment
  • Mature approach to challenging situations and environments
  • Experience successfully leading projects or other large improvement plan initiatives 


We exist to make food the world loves. But we do more than that. Our company is a place that prioritizes being a force for good, a place to expand learning, explore new perspectives and reimagine new possibilities, every day. We look for people who want to bring their best — bold thinkers with big hearts who challenge one other and grow together. Because becoming the undisputed leader in food means surrounding ourselves with people who are hungry for what’s next.