Plant managers take on the responsibility to direct the day-to-day operations of a manufacturing facility. Their primary duties include overseeing staff to ensure they are following procedures correctly and safely, and encouraging high productivity to meet company production goals. Plant managers communicate with many people outside the facility as well, like company executives and suppliers. They must have excellent management and problem solving skills, and must be familiar with industry-standard good manufacturing practices (GMP).
Example job titles include:
Common duties include:
Overseeing day-to-day operations of manufacturing facility
Organizing operations staff and work flow
Providing direction to reporting staff and solving problems they point out
Training staff on use of equipment and control points
Reviewing plant finances and finding areas to reduce costs
Working with process engineers and consultants and implementing their recommendations
Working with supply chain managers to secure correct amount of supplies
Ensuring workers follow standard procedures for health and safety
Typical employers include:
Manufacturing companies, like food and beverage makers
Training and Qualifications
Most plant manager jobs will require a bachelor’s degree in management or business, but experience in similar roles is what’s most important to employers. Sometimes production workers or other operations staff can work their way up to management positions.