What does a Manufacturing Manager do?
Manufacturing managers are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the manufacturing process, either for an entire facility or for a specific department. They supervise staff, plan and approve production schedules, approve invoices, and manage budgets. They establish and enforce policies, and ensure all staff are meeting quality standards while also maintaining safe working conditions. They analyze and optimize processes to identify ways to improve efficiency and increase productivity. They may also negotiate with vendors and contractors.
Manufacturing managers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree, although an advanced degree is a plus. They often have a background in business, logistics, or a related role. They must have strong leadership skills and be able to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
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Manufacturing Manager Career Path
Learn how to become a Manufacturing Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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“The pay is pretty good I guess but not worth it anymore like it was years ago.”
“Good place to work and friendly”
“Medical is a good benefit because you will need it for all the surgeries you will need do to the repetitive nature of the job.”
“the pay wasn't the best but it was a fun place...now it's just a place where the pay isn't the best"”
“Great product and the majority of people are really good to work with.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a manufacturing manager
When working as a manufacturing manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Good Time Management, Maths, Written Communication, Attention To Detail and English.
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The most common qualifications to become a manufacturing manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.