Manufacturing plant managers combine oversight of day-to-day manufacturing operations with "birds-eye" analysis of efficiency and productivity. Manufacturing plant managers also ensure safety policies are enforced stringently and set identifiable goals and objectives for staff. While face-to-face interactions are an essential part of the position, a crucial component of the job is communicating with upper management on trends on plant performance, forecasts for future performances, and other issues.
As with other management positions, manufacturing plant managers must possess expert communication skills to set guidelines for subordinates and deal with problems swiftly but carefully. Manufacturing plant managers typically must have a bachelor’s degree in industrial management, business administration, or a related field, as well as anywhere from four to eight years in a supervisory position in a manufacturing environment.
Plant Manager, Manufacturing Tasks
Supervise and coordinate the activities of production facility, including maintenance, quality assurance, design, engineering and administration.
Interpret specifications, blueprints, job orders, and company policies and procedures for workers.
Plan and establish work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.
Confer with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities between departments.
Direct and coordinate the activities of employees engaged in the production or processing of goods, such as inspectors, machine setters, and fabricators.