Production Manager Jobs
WHAT IS A PRODUCTION MANAGER?
Every company and every industry needs leaders. Leadership is important because it focuses a team around a common purpose, gives specific direction, and often provides motivation to achieve a goal. A production manager should possess these qualities.
In a manufacturing environment, they are responsible for the smooth running of all production lines and the quality of the output. One of the ways this happens is by directing personnel towards maximum performance. This is why interpersonal social skills are very helpful in this role. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure an efficient and productive manufacturing process that meets the customer’s requirements.
WHAT ARE THE DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITIES OF A PRODUCTION MANAGER?
A production manager has a unique role to fill. They are both leaders and followers. Managers liaise with other managers, report to upper management, and supervise and evaluate the performance of production personnel. They also estimate costs, prepare budgets, organize workflow, and ensure deadlines are met. Because of this, organization is very important.
The manager manager may be the direct supervisor for multiple warehouse employees. They must enforce health and safety precautions, meet quality standards, approve maintenance work and the purchasing of equipment, determine the amount of necessary resources to complete projects, and trouble shoot issues.
WHAT SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR PRODUCTION MANAGERS?
Most employers require an associates degree or equivalent from a 2-year college or technical school. And previous related experience of 12 months may also be required. Often, the hiring company will make sure any necessary certifications or training are provided after hiring. Yet, previous experience working with ISO certification is a plus.
As far as hard skills go, it’s important to be able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Typically, you will need basic computer skills and experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. In addition, great verbal and written skills are critical, as the manager works closely with others.
Soft skills are also valuable as a production manager. Since they will be planning, assigning, directing work, training employees, appraising performance, addressing complaints, and resolving problems, solid relationship skills are extremely helpful. A production manager ought to be confident yet receive correction well. And they should be able to calmly handle conflict.
In the end, a production manager is a leader who communicates well with management and the employees.
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