A front line supervisor watches over the assembly line, making sure that production workers such as machine setters/operators, fabricators, and assemblers are working correctly and that the line runs smoothly.

Are your leadership skills sharp? Does the idea of a boring desk job repel you? A job as a front line supervisor allows you to put your leadership skills to work while working out on the production floor among the excitement and action of the manufacturing processes. You’ll delegate tasks, train new employees, and make sure employees and products are up to standards.

A front line supervisor acts as the liaison between production floor employees and higher-level management. You will create schedules, inspect work areas and tools, investigate accidents, and test completed work. You’ll listen to employee complaints and find the best compromises for both groups. You’ll hold employee training sessions on a regular basis and ensure that every worker is updated on safety and company procedures.

On the production floor, your job will be to monitor employee and equipment performance. If there is a maintenance issue, you will report it and make sure it is repaired. You’ll demonstrate proper equipment use and perform quality checks on equipment and products. Any issue on the floor will be immediately reported to you, and it’s your job to fix it or find the right employee for the task.

Front line supervisors are usually promoted from a job as a technician or assembler, bringing previous knowledge and experience to the job. Employers provide training, but a background in leadership positions and knowledge of advanced manufacturing will make you a perfect candidate for the job.

Also Known As:

Front Line Manager, Foreman

Critical Skills


  • Analyze Numerical and Visual Test Results
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Give Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Problem Solving
  • Production Processes
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures


  • Active Listening
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Operations Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Teamwork

Key Responsibilities

  • Enforce safety regulations
  • Plan work schedules and assign duties to staff
  • Collaborate with workers and managers to solve problems
  • Ensure workers conform to production standards
  • Explain work orders to employees
  • Check specifications of materials loaded or unloaded against information contained in work orders
  • Evaluate and report on employee performance
  • Prepare records of employee time and wages, daily receipts, or inspection results

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability


  • Working with Others

How to get this job

Previous experience as assembler or production-line technician required.

Next Steps for this job

Leadership skills performance management, process/project management.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.