A printing supervisor is a managerial position in the printing, packaging and pre-press industries. This position requires experience with printing presses and special equipment which varies by company. The supervisor is generally responsible for maintaining safe operation of the equipment and overseeing other workers; other responsibilities include ensuring the proper maintenance is performed on equipment and making sure employees meet established production schedules.
Printing supervisors work in factory-like settings, usually large warehouses, where presses and other equipment are set up. There are many workers operating their own sections of the process to create the final product, and the supervisor is responsible for the safety and work quality of each one.
Packaging companies most commonly employ this position; everything from milk cartons to toy packing is printed and often cut at one factory before being shipped off to fill orders. Most companies want a printing supervisor to have at least two years of supervisory experience, as well as prior experience in an industrial field. There are some rigorous checks to ensure a potential supervisor has good communication and organizational skills, since the printing presses and other equipment can certainly pose safety hazards if mishandled.
The printing supervisor is often involved in the hiring process, and may even be required to train new employees, but the majority of their time will be spent keeping records and maintaining production schedules. A typical workday involves following a set schedule of demanding hours which may require starting very early in the day. Printing supervisors work full time schedules, keeping a presence on the production floor where they handle menial paperwork and other office tasks, as well as perform checks and rounds across the factory to inspect the workers for whom they are responsible.
Printing Supervisor Tasks
Produce print jobs, utilizing printing equipment, and hand tools.
Accept requests in person, over the phone, and by computer, and obtain key information.
Manage print shop operations, queuing orders, and prioritizing processes.
Document and communicate policies, problems, and methodologies.