Operations Supervisor, Material Handling 2nd shift

Date: Aug 1, 2019

Location: Golden Valley, MN, US, 55422

Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. Since 1870 we have been passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help our customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges. Our products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company operates in three geographic business units including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Join the company committed to empowering our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world with high-performance cleaning solutions that minimize waste, reduce costs, improve safety and further sustainability goals.


Tennant Company is currently seeking a Operations Supervisor for 2nd shift Material Handling.  2nd shift works from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday.  In this role you will supervise employees, plan work, assign work and train employees. The role has authority for hiring, termination, discipline and performance decisions.



  • Provide the necessary leadership to manage, coach and direct assigned teams to meet safety, quality, delivery, cost metrics
  • Manage the team’s performance through evaluations, development, training, and promotions
  • Interview and select new talent
  • Hold team accountable through coaching and discipline. Motivate and reinforce good behavior through timely recognition.
  • Communicate and administer company and department policies, work practices and procedures in an effective manner.
  • Identify, troubleshoot and remove barriers to success by using a data driven problem solving approach to make fact based decisions.
  • Support, implement and sustain continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Operate power-industrial equipment


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3+ years of applicable job experience (ex. production, distribution, logistics)
  • Previous leadership/supervision experience
  • Experience with Lean System practices across multiple processes
  • Track record of ensuring equipment is properly maintained and preventative maintenance is performed in a timely manner
  • Experience in decision making and exercising sound judgement to plan and accomplish goals


  • Effective communication skills with staff and peers from up and downstream processes
  • Identify continuous improvement initiatives
  • Ability to motivate engagement of a diverse group of employees and drive changes
  • Coach and mentor direct reports
  • Clear understanding of problem solving process and methods
  • Identify obstacles within department that may keep employees from being effective; takes action to address issues as they arise.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, organize and accurately prioritize work, be detail oriented, understand when urgency is required and use good judgment in varied situations
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in dealing with highly confidential information
  • Ability to successfully handle and manage change
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships, both internally and externally; collaborating well cross-functionally
  • Ability to work within Microsoft Office Suite
  • Plans and holds the team accountable to daily tasks and departmental strategic goals
  • Appropriately receive constructive feedback from team members and leadership to continuously improve professionally.
  • Effective time management.


  • Must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or moved up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds.



Let us introduce you to Tennant Company. We’re everywhere. In your sports clubs, shopping malls, office buildings, parking lots. We make things that make things look like new. We bring new cleaning ideas to market. There is new dirt every day and our machines clean it up. With manufacturing operations and sales, service and support functions across globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected. If you want to get your hands dirty on a project, step up with your own ideas, or maybe even explore talents you never knew you had, Tennant Company is a place where that can happen. Because at Tennant, we like to think like new. Begin your journey with us. Let's reinvent how the world cleans.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.


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