John B Petersen

John B Petersen


A manufacturing supervisor building a career with a focus on a professional approach to health and safety, quality, productivity, continuous improvement and achieving company goals.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2015 - Present

Production Supervisor

ABC Group - Tier 1 Automotive
  • Reporting to the Production Manager
  • Supervising hourly workforce comprised of 55-60 production operators, team leaders and skilled trades
  • Achieving attainment, cost and quality targets
  • Ensuring adherence to standardized work
  • Educating, coaching, counseling employees through effective communication and motivation
  • Developing employees to become autonomous work teams and effective leaders
  • Addressing product quality, equipment breakdowns, machinery change overs, equipment and employee concerns in order to improve process efficiencies
  • Working with Engineering, Maintenance, Material Planning and Logistics to deliver continuous improvement (Kaizen) initiatives
  • Ensure compliance to Health & Safety Standards

Oct 2012 - Present

Group Lead

Apotex, Toronto, Ontario

Developed a project using Lean manufacturing to improve line efficiency. Reducing machine downtime, WIP and labour costs. Potential to save a minimum of $45,000 annually.

  • Manufactures pharmaceutical products as per FDA, Health Canada standards and requirements while working within a liquid filling sterile and non-sterile environment.
  • Perform liquid dose filling and high speed packaging manufacturing duties according to SOD's in a GMP environment.
  • Complete all documentation as per SOD's, GDP and GMP requirements.
Apr 2004 - Jan 2013


JDI Cleaning Systems, Toronto, Ontario

Managed a commercial cleaning business while maintaining and exceeding customer expectations.

  • Recommended suggestions to customers to improve and maintain their facilities.
  • Supervised part-time employees; performed all hiring duties including recruiting, interviewing, and training.
  • Conduct quality inspections to ensure customer needs and requirements are maintained.
  • Evaluate employee performance and provide feedback as required.
Apr 2002 - Apr 2004

Production Supervisor

Armada Toolworks Ltd, Lindsay, Ontario

Supervised plant operations on the midnight shift in the plastic injection molding and die cast departments, in a tier 1 and 2 automotive industry, containing 42 injection molding machines, 12 die cast machines and 40 employees.

  • Organizing and prioritizing production needs.
  • Planning, assigning, and directing production work.
  • Member of team initiating 5S.
  • Employee training and supporting documentation.
  • Tracking staff absenteeism and time-keeping.
  • Daily material, production and process audits.
  • Assist in set-up, start-up, shut-down and troubleshooting of injection molding machines.
  • Review operator production reports for accuracy and efficiency.
  • Accident/Incident investigation reports.
  • Maintained a safe work environment to meet all health and safety standards.
Mar 2001 - Nov 2001

Production Supervisor

Progressive Moulded Products Ltd, Concord, Ontario

Supervised a staff of 45 personnel ranging from machine operators, set- up technicians and maintenance to produce efficiency, quality & safety in an automotive plastics manufacturing environment.

  • Completed production efficiency reports daily for plant manager.
  • Provided assistance to all personnel with any issues including engineering, quality, set-up, maintenance and operators.
  • Ensured all production documentation and labeling meet QS 9000 requirements.
  • Fast-paced 5S, “just in time” delivery environment.
  • Assisted in production scheduling.
  • Coordinated with plant manager to organize and improve lay out and efficiency of production cells
Oct 1999 - Mar 2001

Production Supervisor (Laid-off)

Duramould Plastics Ltd, Whitby, Ontario

Supervised a team of 15 employees to ensure a safe, efficient operation in a 5S environment.

  • Coordinated with Maintenance, Mould-makers and Secondary-operations to resolve any production issues to maintain/improve quality and efficiency.
  • Start-up, shut-down and trouble-shooting of 24 injection molding machines.
  • Set-up/mould changes.
  • Complete set-up and process specification reports.
  • Tracking staff absenteeism and time-keeping.
  • Maintained a safe work environment to meet all health and safety standards.
  • Supported Quality in an ISO 9002 environment.
Jul 1990 - Oct 1999

Process Technician

Horizon Plastics Ltd, Cobourg, Ontario

Primary responsibilities were to Start-Up/Shutdown and Trouble-shoot twelve 300-2500 ton structural foam injection machines.

  • Employee training in production and machine operations.
  • Monitor machine efficiency to maintain/maximize quality and efficiency.


Sep 1984 - Jun 1988


Cobourg District Colligiate Institute West
Mar 1998 - Sep 1999

Quality Assurance Certificate Program

Durham College

Quality Concepts; Blue Print Reading; Inspection and Metrology; Statistics; Reliability

Jan 2003 - Mar 2003

Injection Molding Machines

Humber College

Injection Molding Machines One;  Injection Molding Controls 


Jan 2014 - Jan 2017

First Aid

St. John
Nov 2014 - Nov 2015

SCBA and Spill Response

Scott Safety/Apotex
Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. Spill Response Training (Basic Spill Response).