How to become a Manufacturing Supervisor

manufacturing supervisor careers

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 ensure that the manufacturing process is running smoothly and that production targets are being met.

Duties include:

  • planning and organising staff shift rotas and duties
  • liaising with maintenance technicians in cases of plant or machinery breakdown
  • organising external contracts, for instance cleaning or supplies
  • stock control
  • motivating the team
  • reporting to managers on team performance
  • monitoring quality control
  • updating paperwork such as annual leave requests and sick leave
  • identifying and organising training needs.

Supervisors are often involved in the recruitment process, health and safety monitoring and industrial relations.

What's the working environment like working as a Manufacturing Supervisor?

Manufacturing supervisors work 37 to 40 hours a week. They may be required to work shifts covering evenings, nights and weekends.

The work is office-based but a lot of time is spent on the factory floor. Working conditions vary according to the company and the goods being made. Some protective clothing may be required on the factory floor such as ear guards, safety shoes and overalls.

What does it take to become a Manufacturing Supervisor?

As a manufacturing supervisor, you should:

  • be able to set, monitor and achieve objectives
  • be able to prioritise workloads
  • be approachable, communicate well and be able to build good working relationships with colleagues at all levels
  • be able to motivate staff and provide leadership to a team
  • have good problem-solving skills and be able to make quick, effective decisions
  • be able to write accurate reports and compile clear records
  • have good IT skills
  • be willing to work flexibly
  • be able to meet deadlines
  • be aware of health and safety issues.

Manufacturing Supervisor Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist in a wide variety of industries. Promotion prospects depend on the company and the performance of the individual. With experience and training it may be possible to progress to management, planning, or research and development work.

Experienced supervisors employed by large companies with foreign subsidiaries or connections may have opportunities to work overseas.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Manufacturing Supervisor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Institute of Operations Management (IOM)
University of Warwick Science Park
Sir William Lyons Road
Tel: 024 7669 2266

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Management House
Cottingham Road
NN17 1TT
Tel: 01536 204222

Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
1 Giltspur Street
Tel: 020 7294 2470

Courses to help you become a Manufacturing Supervisor