Packaging managers usually work in a factory or plant environment and oversee packaging operations for products. They are responsible for ensuring that safety regulations and laws are observed at all times, and that the work area is clean and free of hazards and employees are wearing protective equipment at all times. Training may be provided to employees upon being hired and on a regular basis.
Packaging managers must find ways to minimize waste and loss of materials, and inventory duties are also necessary to ensure efficiency. They may oversee periodic inspections and maintenance of the machines used in the packaging process, as well as assign orders to staff members and ensure that all deadlines are met. In some positions, they are expected to assist personnel on the production floor, which requires in-depth understanding of other employees' responsibilities. They are also tasked with implementing quality control practices and ensuring that products meet certain standards of quality, and some work with upper management to design more efficient and attractive packaging.
A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers require a college degree in a relevant field. There are also specific physical demands in this position, such as lifting heavy objects, walking for long periods of time, and bending and stooping.
Manager, Packaging Tasks
Ensure appropriate staff, materials, and supplies to meet operational demands.
Communicate with customers about schedule, damages, satisfaction, and new offerings.
Train and evaluate packaging staff, and explain and conduct quality control to ensure standards.
Record, analyze, and forecast all budgets and costs, including new business opportunities.
Participate in safety and federal inspections, including documenting and implementing needed changes.