A production manager oversees the manufacturing systems and workers, making sure that everything is smooth and efficient.

If you’re a work-with-your-hands kind of person who has great leadership skills and an eye for detail, then you’ll thrive in the position of industrial production manager. You’ll work in the middle of the action, coordinating resources and activities on the bustling production floor.

Being able to see and understand the bigger picture of the manufacturing process is a key to success in this role. Production managers are in charge of making sure that every machine is working properly and every employee is performing his or her job correctly. You're also responsible for making sure materials, supplies, and labor costs stay on budget, and maintain quality standards.

As a leader, you’ll also need to confer with other department heads, including warehouse managers, maintenance supervisors, and procurement managers to ensure that the manufacturing process is as efficient and effective as possible. Working with engineers and designers will require blueprint reading and interpretation skills.

In order to qualify for this job, you’ll need to have previous hands-on experience working on the production floor, preferably at the company where you’re applying. Additional education in management or technical fields can also make you stand out. Look for training and certification courses to give your resume a boost.

Also Known As:

Industrial Production Manager, Production Crew Supervisor, Assembly Supervisor, Manufacturing Supervisor, Production Supervisor, Plant Manager

Critical Skills


  • Budgeting
  • Computers
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Mechanical Tools, Equipment, and Systems
  • Safety Regulations


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

Key Responsibilities

  • Make decisions about inventory requirements, staffing requirements, and work procedures based on budget and time constraints
  • Coordinate production, processing, and distribution activities
  • Develop quality control systems to help identify production problems
  • Confer with other supervisors to coordinate operations
  • Establish work schedules, assignments, and production sequences
  • Develop budgets for supplies, materials, and human resources
  • Recommend procedures for facility and equipment maintenance or replacement
  • Prepare production reports and personnel records
  • Analyze charts, work orders, production schedules, and other records to determine production requirements and to evaluate production outputs


  • People Management
  • Seeing Work from Start to Finish
  • Teamwork

How to get this job

You will need to gain at least 3 years of experience in your area as a front line supervisor. Getting into an entry level position and working your way through leadership training and communications is the best path.

Next Steps for this job

PMP Certification, Lean/Sig Sigma Certification, leadership and communication skills needed. Taking a professional business writing course is helpful.

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