Production managers in the manufacturing field are mainly responsible for overseeing the operations of a given manufacturing plant. Since they serve a managerial role, they are also responsible for scheduling employees and managing the work load and projects. Production managers must supervise and plan, but must be ready to demonstrate their trade for their employees through training, so they generally should be physically fit and in some cases, able to lift heavy loads or operate different types of machinery.
Production managers typically conduct their work indoors and work with plant employees who are performing the physical work the production manager trains them to do. They are also responsible for evaluating employees and making sure they are producing what is necessary. Production managers often search for ways to improve the manufacturing process and make it more efficient. Another important facet of their role is maintaining safety among employees and in the workplace. Production managers must ensure that all safety protocols are followed by all workers. In addition to supervising, training and ensuring the safety of all employees, the production manager must also inspire their employees and create a good work environment for them. Production managers are sometimes also in charge of customer relations and making sure great customer service is delivered. A typical schedule for production managers depends on a given plant's hours, but generally involves a very long work day that usually includes early mornings. Extensive experience is required to become a production manager because they must be able to train other employees. They also might be required to obtain or hold specific certifications, depending on the type of plant.
Production Manager, Manufacturing Tasks
- Monitor budget and utilize operational resources, participate in safety program development.
- Manage the selection, training and development of production staff.
- Coordinate maintenance and repair of machines to avoid downtime and delays, ensure production process and machinery are in compliance with customer specifications and professional and safety standards.
- Oversee day-to-day production schedules, operational and plant activities.
- Review engineering recommended process changes to ensure process is appropriate with operating goals.