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Production Supervisor

Job Category:  Operations and Production
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Peoria, IL, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2877

At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.



We are currently seeking a Production Supervisor for our plant located in Peoria, IL to oversee fermentation and downstream operations, coordinate, supervise and support activities of technicians and general labor contractors to meet production priorities, monitor shift activities and resource allocation, provide general oversight of operations of utilities systems for night and weekend shift, and support Process Engineering, Process Development, Maintenance Department, and Quality Department.



  • Assists in the setup of fermentation and downstream operations and systems for documentation, safety and quality.
  • Oversees and participates in fermentation manufacturing and downstream processing activities; coordinates, supervises and supports activities of technicians and general labor contractors to meet production priorities; supports Process Engineering, Process Development, Maintenance Department, and Quality Department requests in support of production priorities, testing, process troubleshooting; monitors shift activities and adjusts staff and resource allocation to support production priorities and objectives; provides general oversight of operations of utilities systems for night and weekend shift.
  • Evaluates fermentation and downstream operating strategies and process-control strategies and provides recommendations to process engineers; performs ongoing review of data, records and trends to formulate and present recommendations for changes in operating practices; maintains familiarity with fermentation and downstream processes in order to support and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Collaborates and works closely with Microbiology, Fermentation, Downstream Processing, Maintenance and Quality teams to troubleshoot and optimize production processes.
  • Maintains and applies strong working knowledge of utilities systems to support the manufacturing environment.
  • Submits work orders for corrective repairs to systems and equipment throughout the facility.
  • Prepares permits and oversees the lock-out/tag-out processes for contract and maintenance work and work performed by process technicians.
  • Observes production area work practices to ensure support of sanitation program, good manufacturing practices (GMP) and adherence with standard operating protocols.
  • Develops and implements an ongoing staff training program; assesses staff professional development needs and provides training opportunities to support staff professional development.
  • Provides back-up coverage for peers and for assigned staff.
  • Exhibits strong leadership and commitment to the plant’s Safety culture; monitors operations and personnel activities to identify, correct and prevent potential safety hazards and improve safety efforts; provides leadership and direction for Job Safety Analysis and Job Hazard Analysis programs and activities; acts as on-scene commander in the event of incidents.
  • Participates in the hiring and evaluation of assigned staff to support the operations of the department; takes corrective and disciplinary action on performance deficiencies and conduct violations including recommendation regarding employment termination.




  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemical or mechanical engineering or related field preferred but not required.
  • Four (4) years demonstrated experience leading shifts in manufacturing and/or maintenance



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is performed in a normal office setting and on a manufacturing floor. In the office setting, there will be minimal exposure to health or safety hazards, with substantial time spent working on a computer.
  • Requires sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate computer keyboard and other office equipment.
  • laboratory /Pilot Fermentation operations will require dexterity and care to perform sterile transfers as required.
  • Production floor setting will result in exposure to hot and cold temperatures, noise, fumes, limited dust, and oily coolants.
  • Requires walking, climbing stairs, bending and occasional lifting of material up to fifty (50) pounds
  • The performance of this position will present exposure to an industrial environment and requires support and compliance with the published Company PPE policy including but not limited to the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields, appropriate attire, safety shoes, hard hat, hearing protection, etc.
  • Must be willing to work non-standard hours supporting a 24/7 operation including weekends as necessary.



This is a full-time position. Must be willing to work non-standard hours supporting a 24/7 operation including weekends as necessary


Why Work for Corbion?


The start of your career at Corbion offers many chances where you have the advantages of a dynamic, multinational organization. There is an informal atmosphere and the culture promotes self-management.

About Corbion

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2021, Corbion generated annual sales of   € 1,070.8 million and has a workforce of over 2490 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


Corbion is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workplace.  All applicants will be considered equally without regard to race, color, ethnicity, veteran status, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an organization or any other non-merit factors.


Corbion provides reasonable accommodation to applicants.




Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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