Production superintendent positions are found in a wide variety of industries, but they are most commonly found in companies that have production facilities. The basic role of the position is to oversee production and ensure that efficiency, quality control, safety, and other standards are being met at all times. This involves enforcing and establishing standards, policies, and protocols for common practices within the production process. Individuals in this position also report to management on production levels and optimization, and they must also have a thorough knowledge of safety standards and quality assurance practices to be successful in this position.
Individuals in these positions often work directly between management executives and floor personnel, although this depends on the overall size of the company. Some positions involve working in small teams, while others work more independently. Most work is done in an indoor environment, with safety protocols and policies limiting the impact of any risks or hazards. Work hours may vary based on selected shifts, and they may vary from regular business hours during weekdays to overnight or weekend work.
Many general production superintendent positions do not have exact educational requirements, but specific fields such as pharmaceutical or chemical industries may require a bachelor’s degree in a related field to demonstrate knowledge of the industry. Work experience requirements also vary greatly, with some entry-level positions requiring minimal experience, and higher-level positions requiring an extensive background in a related field at the supervising or management levels. In addition to these specific requirements, general requirements include good communication skills, leadership qualities, basic computer proficiency, good organizational skills, and close attention to detail.
Production Superintendent Tasks
Adjust schedules, obtain materials, maintain equipment, and improve product flow.
Track, analyze, forecast, and report on budgets and goals.
Oversee department operations and staffing to reach production deadlines.
Train and oversee staff, including in safety and regulatory compliance.