Factory managers oversee the operations in a factory. They are responsible for supervising production workers, increasing productivity, reducing overhead, overseeing quality control, and ensuring overall smooth operations. They may be responsible for hiring, firing, scheduling, and training new employees. Managers facilitate meetings and training sessions for workers, set production goals, and investigate problems when those goals are not met. They are responsible for logistics, including shipping, receiving, and meeting with vendors and salespeople. The manager must also ensure that safety protocols are taught to and followed by all employees in the factory. Generally, factory managers work indoors in potentially hazardous areas; they spend time both in an office and on the production floor, supervising employees. The schedule for a factory manager varies based on the needs and production schedule of the company. They may expect to work occasional nights and weekends.
The minimum education and experience required for this position vary by company. Sometimes there is no specific educational requirement; sometimes a bachelor's degree in business, operations, or a related field is required. Factory managers may be promoted from a lower position in the factory, working their way up to a management position. These professionals must have excellent communication, organizational, and supervisory skills. They might be responsible for budget planning, so factory managers need to have a strong understanding of financial and budgetary issues.
Factory Manager Tasks
- Oversee daily factory operations and report to upper management on status.
- Act as the representative for the factory during quarterly development meetings.
- Monitor and maintain inventory supplies, and make manufacturing process changes to improve efficiency.
- Train, schedule, and guide factory workers, and resolve any factory or machinery issues.