Manufacturing team leaders perform a wide variety of tasks, which vary depending on the field in which they work in. They often supervise production to ensure everything is going according to plan. An important aspect of manufacturing team leaders' jobs is to develop their team members into quality workers. Since team leaders are usually more experienced, they can provide valuable insight for less experienced employees, help their teams where needed, and oversee, coach and train their team members. They are usually involved in the hiring process, and can terminate or even promote their team members depending on their merit.
Manufacturing team leaders are the link between their teams and their companies' higher echelons of management. They must be able to use both their data analysis and first hand knowledge of their production team in order to do their job expertly. Management will often be counting on them to help identify trends and improve their products before they get to the customer. While working on a given project, manufacturing team leaders usually have access to statistical data that can help them perceive potential problems quickly.
Manufacturing team leaders may also handle everything from massive pieces of machinery to tiny, highly specialized tools. Most companies require their manufacturing team leaders to have a fair amount of work experience in their given manufacturing field. Higher education degrees are not usually required, but some employers may prefer their candidates to hold an associate's or bachelor's degree.
Manufacturing Team Leader Tasks
- Ensure production quotas and quality standards are met.
- Enforce safety and health policies and procedures, and investigate and report accidents.
- Train and supervise all employees on a shift, schedule shifts, and coordinate production processes.
- Make sure equipment and machinery are properly maintained and promptly repaired.