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Production Manager

Order supplies, supervise staff, and manage production processes.

What does a Production Manager do?

There are many steps involved in every product, and the person who oversees them all is the production manager. As a production manager, you start the process by ensuring that your workers receive the materials they need. The production manager works with vendors and suppliers to make sure they fill the order accurately and on time. A day without materials can shut down the production line, but having too many supplies in stock can be hard on the bottom line too. The production manager works to order the right amount at the right time.

You also oversee the quality of the product, the packaging, and the shipping procedures. This means you are on the floor taking samples, reviewing reports, observing the process, and evaluating machinery. Production managers make sure everyone follows safety procedures, and they compile reports to keep upper management in the loop. The most important part of your job is to take care of your most valuable asset: your workers. Without them, the line won’t run. They’re the people working every day, and they’re your prime source of information. Production managers constantly communicate with staff, show appreciation, and motivate them to do their best work.

Production manager positions typically require a bachelor’s degree.