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Passion is the pulse of Purina. You don’t have to be a pet owner, but you must be able to find your square – find passion in the work you do, the people you encounter and the opportunities you experience. Within our walls, you’ll discover ways to do what’s never been done before, and you’ll do it with integrity and expertise. Your relentless pursuit to break boundaries, pioneer new brands and revolutionize the bond between pets and people will help you fit right in. Working together, #WeStandTaller.

Production Team Leader

Job Number 18008596 Company Nestle Purina PetCare Company Location Crete, Nebraska


Our factory in Crete, NE is one of the largest wet pet food manufacturing facilities in the U.S. as a mass producer of over one thousand tons of pet food per day, including brands like Alpo®, Nestlé Purina ONE®, Pro Plan®, Friskies® and Nestlé Purina Veterinary Diets® brands. With the city of Lincoln just 25 miles from the factory, many of our associates find convenience in larger-city living in Lincoln and embrace the short commute to the quainter city of Crete. 

We’re a “safety first” culture driven by a zero defect and zero waste mentality set out to enrich the lives of pets everywhere. As a leading pet food manufacturer, we carry on the legacy of our Founder who led us to reshape the larger pet care category. We dare to Stand Taller and make every day better. 

As the Team Leader, you will manage, lead and coordinate activities of your team to support safety, production and continuous improvement goals.

  • Direct team members to achieve production schedule in a productive and least cost manner
  • Provide safety training and equipment to ensure the safety of all team members
  • Work with Q.A. department to ensure the quality of the product
  • Work with the team to maintain a high level of sanitation
  • Monitor further processing systems and work with Materials Accounting to reduce ingredient variance
  • Work with maintenance team leaders and managers to maximize maintenance effectively during downtime
  • Facilitate team meetings
  • Must be able to identify team member strengths and weaknesses in order to utilize their abilities to their fullest extent
  • Monitor and control team member attendance and work habits through the discipline process
  • Work with team leaders to develop continuity and consistency between the teams
  • Responsible for timekeeping and updating Kronos daily
  • **Perform all other duties as assigned**
  • This position will be scheduled for 2nd or 3rd shift, candidates must be willing to work either shift. 
  • Candidates must be willing to work weekends and overtime. 



  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent is required.
  • Technical, Associate’s, or Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.

Experience (Years/Type): 
  • 2+ years’ experience in a manufacturing, military, or related environment
  • 1+ years supervisory experience in a manufacturing, military, or related environment (preferred, not required)

To our veterans and separated service members—you’re at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé Purina. The skills you’ve gained while serving our country, such as adaptability, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. We hope you’ll consider sharing in our mission—you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé Purina home.

The Nestle companies are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran

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