A production foreman is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating activities in a manufacturing or industrial plant environment. They must manage their own time - and that of others - to ensure that quotas and other requirements are met; they are also responsible for motivating, developing, and leading associates and subordinates.
Excellent production knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques are expected in this position; using this knowledge, production foremen ensure manufacturing and distribution of goods are efficient in accordance with company goals and generally accepted industry standards. The production foreman also coordinates maintenance and repair schedules for machines, as well as helps build staff knowledge on the operation of these machines.
The successful production foreman uses knowledge of company principles and processing methods to maintain cohesive production processes and techniques. Effective critical thinking, logic and reasoning must also be displayed to identify staff strengths and weaknesses and approach potential personnel issues.
These managers generally have experience and skills obtained from working as an industrial production managers. They must also have sufficient knowledge of relevant mathematics and have the ability to analyze data related to production.
Production Foreman Tasks
- Maintenance and enhancement of existing properties.
- Train employees, plan, assign and direct work.
- Evaluate and optimize production, diagnosing problems and surveillance.
- Oversee on site field operations including installation, operation and maintenance of production facilities.