Manufacturing production leads are responsible for a variety of tasks including planning, scheduling, and helping resolve production issues. Their main objective is to ensure that all production projects are completed in a timely manner and stay within budget. In the manufacturing environment, the production lead supervises the entire production line. They handle scheduling and oversee floor operations, monitoring the performance of production workers, verifying product quality, handling scheduling, and tracking key performance metrics (such as those related to quality and efficiency).
The manufacturing production lead's responsibilities include training and overseeing production team to ensure consistent product quality and that delivery schedules are met. Additionally, the production lead monitors individual team workers to see if any need for additional training or instruction exists. Production leads work with production employees, managers, supply chain agents, engineers, and accounting personnel. They typically report to a departmental lead or the operations manager.
The manufacturing production lead's day-to-day responsibilities involve scheduling, monitoring employee output, and managing the time of other production employees. This is typically a full-time position with a majority of time spent in the office on the production floor. Some minor travel may occasionally be required.
These positions may require a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as a minimum of five years working in a production environment. A bachelor's degree in business management or production engineering may be preferred. Experience in a production or quality management environment is preferred as well. Excellent interpersonal and multitasking skills are required, and they must be able to work well with other in a team environment. These professionals may be required to stand for long periods of time and lift weight up to 50 pounds.
Production Lead, Manufacturing Tasks
- Act as department communicator during status meetings, management updates, and staff shift changes.
- Perform manufacturing processes to aid in fulfillment of production timeline and goals.
- Lead, train, and coach manufacturing staff to ensure requirements are met for production, fulfillment, and employee safety.
- Organize shift schedules; track and report daily metrics.