Manufacturing supervisors manage a team of staff and organise their workload.

What does a manufacturing supervisor do?

Manufacturing supervisors are responsible for the day-to-day running of production processes in all types of manufacturing operations. They make sure that the production line is running smoothly and that staff are meeting their production targets. The main duties of a supervisor would include:

  • planning and organising staff tasks and shift rotas 
  • reporting plant or machinery breakdowns to maintenance technicians
  • organising external contracts, like cleaning or supplies
  • stock control
  • motivating your team
  • producing management reports on performance
  • monitoring quality control
  • updating paperwork, such as annual leave requests and sick leave
  • identifying and organising training needs

Depending on the level of responsibility, the role might also include being involved in the recruitment process, health and safety monitoring and industrial relations.

What do I need to do to become a manufacturing supervisor?

You would normally become a supervisor after first gaining around one to two years’ experience with your employer on a production line. You might also move into this job if you have worked in a related area, such as quality control or maintenance.

To go straight into a supervisor job, you would usually need qualifications and/or experience from related manufacturing work, such as maintenance or quality control. 

Related skills

  • Communication
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Time management

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could work in a wide variety of manufacturing industries, including:

  • food and drink production
  • pharmaceuticals
  • automotive or aerospace engineering
  • building products

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