A manufacturing manager is an executive in a company that produces consumer or commercial goods. They work in the production plant itself, ensuring goods are efficiently made and meet the company’s standards. Their normal work environment frequently shifts from offices to the manufacturing floor to warehouses. This manager also helps diagnose any customer concerns brought to their attention by the customer service department; they also help implement new products and designs from the company's development department(s).
The manufacturing manager must develop and maintain efficient systems for manufacturing goods through a number of different subsystems. They frequently act as personnel managers, making hiring and promotion decisions about employees under their supervision; they also determine proper staffing and labor cost levels. They must act efficiently in purchasing decisions, ensuring that the manufacturing center has the necessary materials to create goods at peak efficiency. Finally, they must continually inspect and improve operations.
A manufacturing manager is also ultimately responsible for managing the safety of their personnel. That frequently involves continual inspection of the plant and processes, along with making necessary changes to ensure that efficiency is not compromised by safety and health concerns.
The education requirements for a manufacturing manager normally includes a minimum of a bachelor's degree in business or a related field, with many larger companies preferring post-graduate degrees in business management as well. In many companies, the preference is to hire from within the supervisory ranks of a manufacturing department; however, other companies prefer “fresh eyes” on their manufacturing systems and look for experienced managers from outside their current operations.
Manufacturing Manager Tasks
- Review processing schedules and production orders to make decisions concerning inventory requirements and staffing requirements.
- Manage and coordinate production and processing activities of industrial organization.
- Initiate and coordinate inventory and cost control programs.
- Review operations and confer with technical or administrative staff to resolve production or processing problems.