Production coordinators ensure that the production department meets its quality assurance and scheduling goals by planning, scheduling, executing, and directing production activities. Businesses look to production coordinators to develop cost-effective measures and to develop exceptional business practices. They may oversees one area of manufacturing or an entire manufacturing facility.
To be a good production coordinator, a person must be flexible enough to adapt to changes in scheduling, able to think on the fly, and able to handle high-stress decision-making scenarios. The production coordinator has a hand in all parts of production, and so they must have excellent working knowledge of their organization and industry. They may also need to conduct research and complete paperwork as required by their team or supervisors.
Typically, a production coordinator has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business management or a related field. Alternatively, there are programs that offer certifications that employers may accept or ask of candidates. Employers may also prefer candidates with prior experience as a production coordinator or in a related role in production. Additionally, production coordinator candidates may also need to be familiar with field- or organization-specific software.
Production Coordinator, Manufacturing Tasks
- Develop and distribute production schedules and work orders to departments.
- Review documents such as production schedules, work orders, and staffing tables to determine personnel and materials requirements, and material priorities.