A plant superintendent is responsible for overseeing all aspects of their plant, including budget, maintenance, quality control, receiving and shipping, and day-to-day operations. They frequently prepare the plant’s budget for the year, as well as recruit and hire direct subordinates. Other tasks performed by the plant superintendent include tracking plant maintenance, monitoring costs and expenses, ensuring quality standards are met, and working with staff on the plant floor to directly oversee quality and determine areas for potential improvement. Additionally, plant superintendent must work closely with the environmental health and safety manager to make sure employees know and follow safety policies, policies on waste disposal, and any other relevant laws and plant rules.
Plant superintendents typically must have a bachelor’s degree in business, finance, or a related field, as well as substantial relevant experience. Plant superintendents also need to have strong leadership skills, with the ability to effectively provide guidance, support, and discipline as necessary. They also need to be able to budget the plant’s needs correctly and have a strong understanding of accounting practices and money management.
Plant superintendents generally work full time in their plant. However, overtime and/or alternative hours may be required depending on their plant's needs. Additionally, they must be on call for any plant emergencies that arise.
Plant Superintendent Tasks
Enforce all state and federal regulations in regards to plant operation and employee safety.
Manage all plant personnel under Plant Manager, acting as Plant Manager in absence.
Identify problems with manufacturing process and recommend improvements for optimum productivity.
Oversee day-to-day manufacturing and processes of the plant.
Analyze data to pinpoint weaknesses in manufacturing and compile data reports.