RTP Company, headquartered in Winona, Minn., is a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics. The company has over 20 manufacturing plants located in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Singapore and China. RTP Company’s engineers develop customized thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring color, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear-resistant properties.

The Production Lead takes direction from the Production and/or Plant Manager and is accountable for providing day-to-day technical direction of an assigned production team.

  • Under the direction of the Production Manager, leads production staff in daily activities
  • Administers training for new employees as well as long term employees on the production team
  • Provides feedback to the Production Manager to assist in performance evaluations of staff
  • Projects raw and finished material needs for given time periods
  • Works to minimize product loss and production-related waste
  • Documents work completed as required including logs, data reports, procedures, etc.
  • Assists in the maintenance of equipment by effectively communicating issues or any potential problems
  • Communicates with warehouse support groups to maintain appropriate production schedules
  • Ensures plant is maintained and in accordance with housekeeping policies and guidelines
  • Follows and complies with all safety and work rules and regulations
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-speed environment, follow standardized work process, and adhere to safe work practices in a continuous improvement environment
  • Must be able to operate/monitor equipment during operation to ensure quality production
  • Must be capable of multi-tasking and working both as a team and independently
  • Must be well organized and have a strong attention to detail
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively and demonstrate courtesy and tact with people in various positions and levels within the company
  • Must have strong interpersonal, training, and coaching skills
  • Must demonstrate a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
  • Must maintain a clean and safe workspace
  • Must be dependable and have excellent attendance
  • Must be willing and able to work overtime as needed, up to every other weekend
  • Must be able to pass a forklift test and a respirator fit test
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English

Education and Experience

  • Required previous manufacturing experience related to RTP Company production operations
  • Preferred previous supervisor experience
  • Preferred high school diploma or equivalent
  • Preferred forklift experience
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:


  • Stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
  • Use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Talk and hear to coordinate and operate equipment
  • Use of safety equipment as dictated by the work (safety glasses, safety shoes, respirators, face shields, hearing protection, gloves, etc.)
  • Exposure to moving mechanical parts


  • Lift and/or move up to 60 pounds
  • Work in temperature extremes, wet and/or humid conditions, with dust, fumes, airborne particles


  • Sit
  • Handle (with mechanical equipment) up to 250 pounds
  • Exposure to noise levels above the OSHA action level requiring use of hearing protection


  • Specific vision abilities may require close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus

EOE, including disability/vets; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, disability, or other protected status.