• Shift Supervisor

    Job ID
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Plant Operations
    Rotating Day/Night
    Travel Required
    Up to 25%
    Position Location(s)
    FLSA Status


    Our 28 Bioprocessing facilities produce over 1.9 billion gallons of ethanol, 5 million tons of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and 600 million pounds of our Voila® corn oil. That’s a lot of product!  In addition, we provide CO2 to the beverage industry and contribute to sustainable roadways. We also buy 650 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET bioprocessing to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations at each facility.



    The Shift Supervisor is responsible for the supervision of the Plant Technicians and for creating a positive work environment. Team members in this position strive for maximum efficiency in plant operations and support operations through problem solving, adaptation, and working with other departments to correct process problems. The Shift Supervisor plans, directs, and coordinates the operations of the bioprocessing facility by implementing changes as necessary. Team members in this position are also responsible for optimizing plant runtime as well as downtime while ensuring a quality end product.


    POET bioprocessing facilities operate on a 24-hour continuous schedule which requires Shift Supervisors to work a 12-hour shift schedule (including, nights, weekends, and holidays) alongside their assigned team. Team member must be available as needed.



    • Supervise plant operations on shift.
    • Influence and support execution of plant maintenance as developed by the Maintenance Manager.
    • Assure all daily documentation and required process information is completed in a timely and accurate manner.
    • Make process decisions including shutting plant down if necessary.
    • Contact the appropriate department manager with problems/concerns; call in additional team members if needed.
    • Maintain and operate all processes associated with the plant including boilers, cooling towers, and water chemistry.
    • Develop an understanding of repair and maintenance of plant equipment and may need to ensure documentation of all maintenance activities.
    • Understand basic electrical troubleshooting.
    • Strive for maximum efficiency in plant operations, trouble shoot and work with all departments to correct process problems.
    • Learn and operate the DCS (computer control system) and other processes associated with the plant operations.
    • Update SOP’s and train personnel for procedure changes and plant modifications.
    • Respond to collected data and make adjustments to optimize plant operation. Do quality controls tests on product streams and make necessary adjustments.
    • Perform or supervise the removal, installation, rebuilding, lubrication, and cleaning of all equipment associated with plant processes.
    • Perform or supervise preventative and proactive maintenance tasks in a safe and efficient manner.
    • Coordinate effective communication during shift exchange to ensure safe, efficient and continuous plant operation.
    • Operate forklift as necessary. Monitor safe forklift operations on a regular basis.
    • Assure all products manufactured meet established specifications.
    • Assure compliance with all company, State and Federal regulatory agencies policies and rules; assist in implementing approved changes.
    • Effectively manage your team by partnering with plant leadership to recruit, select, orient, and train team members. Leadership responsibilities also include delegation, coaching and performance management and career development to effectively execute departmental strategies and support company objectives.
    • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
    • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.
    • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



    • High school diploma or equivalent required; secondary education preferred.
    • Production or operational experience is required; operational background in ethanol production is preferred.
    • 3 years of previous supervisory or leadership experience preferred.
    • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.
    • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


    To review a complete job description click here.


    POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.


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