Team Lead I-Gaskets, 1st Shift

Who is Oatey?

Since 1916, Oatey has provided reliable, high-quality products for the residential and commercial plumbing industries. Our purpose is to deliver quality, build trust and improve lives.

The Oatey family of companies are Oatey, Cherne, Keeney, Quick Drain, Hercules, Dearborn, GF Thompson, William H. Harvey, Masters, Contact, Belanger, and Lansas.

Our brands are synonymous with quality, integrity, and trust in the plumbing industry.

Position Summary

Maintains a smooth flow of operations in an assigned area by organizing resources (materials and operators), start-up activities and workflow to ensure safety, quality and operational goals are met on a daily basis. May perform same work assignments as the team with responsibility for goals and training.

Position Responsibilities

  • Ensure a consistent flow of operations by: complete production records and data entry as required (DPR’s, process monitors, production summaries, double check sheets, work orders, etc.)

  • Assist with changeovers and line flushes; oversee downtime clean-up activities.

  • Perform material handling duties within the department.

  • Contact production supply to replenish materials to meet operational schedule.

  • Achieve goals and report to supervisor re: production standards, downtime and/or reassignment of work.

  • Audit work areas per standard operating procedure (SOP) to ensure each associate follows the procedural compliance, product conformance to specifications and accurate documentation.

  • Verify accuracy of all raw materials at work area per the bill of materials/DPR and operator work assignments.

  • Startup equipment and adjust line speeds on assigned line.

  • Perform quality inspections; Document results.

  • Ensure departmental inspections are performed with appropriate records maintained.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers by taking on additional responsibility and/or support.

  • Perform various department functions as needed to maintain production.

  • Provide new and/or temporary associates on-the-job training to learn the basic tasks (safety, quality, and productivity) for all positions within assigned line.

  • Participate in start-up continuous improvement meetings (CIP’s) and assist in problem resolution activities.

  • Continually evaluate work process for improvements.

  • Maximize the flow of communication for effective performance and communication within the department and between shifts.

  • Follow all company safety procedures in completion of job duties.

  • Ensure safety start-ups have been completed at the beginning of the shift and that machine guards, chemical storage/handling, signage, etc. are in place and functioning prior to releasing equipment for production.

  • Wear required PPE for job function. Sustain 6S standards through good housekeeping and execution of standard work.

  • Utilize LEAN Thinking in formal and informal settings including participating in LEAN Events (Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, Projects, Just-Do-It), submit suggestions, attend LEAN Training and improve work cell/areas of responsibility.

  • Use visual tools and display boards and update them as appropriate.

  • Document all changes resulting from LEAN activities according to ISO guidelines.

  • Accept and embrace change necessary for continuous improvement.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Experience

  • English fluency (both written and verbal) with the ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, and written procedures.

  • Ability to work in fast-paced, multi-tasking environment to meet operational deadlines.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Demonstrated team building skills with the ability to work with diverse groups of people.

  • Basic math skills and effective problem solving abilities required.

  • Knowledge of safety procedures for lockout/tagout, machine guarding and applicable OSHA standards.

  • Basic computer skills needed (MS Office) with ability to learn computer systems.

  • Rework and inventory control procedures.

  • Flexibility and dependability necessary to meet operational demands of 24-hour operation.

  • Prior manufacturing/distribution experience required with two (2) years’ experience in the department for in depth product knowledge.

  • Education and Certification High School Diploma or equivalent required.

At Oatey we are committed to help our Associates grow their career. Apply today and grow with Oatey!


Why Oatey?

  • At Oatey, our purpose has always been to deliver quality, build trust and improve lives.
  • We value Collaboration, Integrity, Respect, Courage, Leadership, and Excellence above all else.
  • We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion - acknowledging, valuing, and leveraging the unique experiences and perspectives of our associates.
  • Our vision is to continue to grow as a market leader, to enrich the lives of our Associates, and to foster an inclusive environment in every regard.
  • Our purpose, mission, and vision are not possible without the right people, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive, engaging, and rewarding environment for our Associates.
  • Oatey has a total rewards philosophy which encompasses compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness, recognition, performance management, tuition reimbursement, mental health wellness, and talent development.


Oatey Total Rewards

  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) for our hourly associates
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability income protection coverage at no cost to associates
  • Paid Maternity and Paid Parental Leave
  • Annual Cash Profit Sharing (discretionary)
  • Health Insurance for our associates’ averages $100 or less a month (single coverage)
  • Generous benefits including up to $2,880 company contribution to Health Savings Account
  • 401(k) with a 5% company match
  • Tuition reimbursement in an environment that encourages advancement
  • Associate well-being benefits including CALM App and robust EAP offering
  • Recognized for our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Oatey family of companies are an equal opportunity employer committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We recruit, employ, promote, and offer competitive pay for all jobs without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.