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Production Team Lead - Windsor, WI

Job Title: Production Team Leader– Windsor, WI

Reporting To: Production Manager – Ashland/Windsor, WI

Job Purpose:

The Production Team Leader works at our Windsor, WI location. This position is responsible for the operational performance of a production team of direct labor associates.  This position is a unique opportunity to bring strong leadership skills and past manufacturing experience to a traditional manufacturing operation.  This position will be the key driver to installing Good Manufacturing Practices, LEAN principles and safety in the traditional operation.  Size of operation allows for direct, hands-on participation, with production team in accomplishing daily production goals.

About Deer Creek Seed Co:

Deer Creek Seed Co. is a vertically integrated, premium forage, turf, cover crop, and wildlife food plot seed company based out of Wisconsin. We take great pride in the quality of our seed, the integrity of our hard work, and our top-notch customer service. Learn more about us at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in LEAN Manufacturing

  • Experience developing Standard Operating Procedures and One Point Lessons

  • Experience with formal problem-solving tools (Root Cause Analysis, 5-Why, 8-Step Problem Solving, etc.)

  • Ability to define and drive toward operational metrics related to: Safety Quality Delivery Cost Inventory (SQDCI)

  • Strong mindset toward a continuous improvement culture

  • Safety minded-individual capable of building a basic safety program

  • Medium proficiency in Microsoft Excel (ability to analyze basic data, write basic mathematical formulas, etc.), Microsoft Word

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and with limited guidance

  • Self-starter with a high energy level

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Discipline to hold self and team accountable to daily production targets and goals

  • Skills in conflict resolution, team motivation, managing morale, developing a team, etc.

  • 3-5 years’ experience leading a team

Desired Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a science field, preferably engineering

  • Experience installing lean systems (5S, Total Preventative Maintenance, Visual Daily Management, Leader Standard Work, etc.)

  • Ability to define the operational vision and roadmap for the plant

  • Ability to create and drive a production training program

Physical Requirements:

This position is labor-intensive and may include the following activities on a daily basis based upon workload:

  • Consistently standing, twisting, bending, and reaching

  • Walking and occasionally climbing stairs

  • Lifting 50-pound bags frequently and up to 70 pounds occasionally

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior warehouse experience

  • Mechanical/electrical/construction skills

  • Knowledge of operational machinery such as blenders, conveyors, compactors, and forklifts

Work Environment:

Deer Creek Seed maintains a high level of cleanliness in our warehouse and office. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will primarily work in the warehouse where they will be exposed to moving mechanical parts and powered industrial trucks. The noise level in the warehouse can be moderate to loud and the employee will be exposed to dust. The warehouse has a dust collection system in place and the facility is heated in the winter.

Working Hours Full Time: 7:30 – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Overtime is paid at time and a half after forty hours per work week and is available during the busy seasons.  

Compensation and Benefits:

Full-Time: This position can be hourly or salaried and is negotiable depending on experience. After 3 months probationary period, employees are eligible for 6 paid federal holidays and 2 paid sick days.  A 401k is offered after 1 year and 1000 hours. This position is subject to a 3 months probationary period. After three months, health benefits are available at a discounted, company shared cost. This position earns one week of paid vacation after the first year of employment and two weeks of paid vacation after the second year. Additional benefits include full office amenities (microwave, fridge, break room), and occasional company-paid lunches and dinners for training and holiday celebrations.  A discretionary year-end bonus, based on total company performance is the tradition.

How to Apply:

Mail a resume and optional cover letter to:

Deer Creek Seed Co.

Attn: Todd Reuter

6115 Pepsi Way

Windsor, WI 53598


Send resume and optional cover letter as e-mail attachments (PDFs only) to:

No phone calls, please.