Manufacturing Managers - What They Do

Manufacturing managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of a manufacturing establishment or of a production department within a manufacturing establishment, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. They are employed by manufacturing companies.

Job duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of a manufacturing establishment or the operations or production department of a manufacturing establishment
  • Develop and implement plans to efficiently use materials, labour and equipment to meet production targets
  • Plan and manage the establishment of departmental budget
  • Develop production schedules and maintain an inventory of raw materials and finished products
  • Plan and implement changes to machinery and equipment, production systems and methods of work
  • Direct quality control inspection system and develop production reporting procedures
  • Develop equipment maintenance schedules and recommend the replacement of machines
  • Hire, supervise and train or oversee training of employees in the use of new equipment or production techniques.

Job titles

  • printing plant manager
  • plant manager, manufacturing
  • production manager - manufacturing
  • textile mill manager
  • tire plant manager
  • automobile production manager
  • clothing factory manager
  • dairy plant manager
  • operations manager, manufacturing
  • distillery manager
  • factory superintendent
  • foundry manager
  • manufacturing manager
Employment Requirements

This is what you typically need for the job:

  • Completion of a college or university program in engineering or business administration is usually required.
  • Five to ten years of supervisory experience in manufacturing are required.

Essential Skills


  • Recruiting and Hiring
  • Co-ordinating and Organizing
  • Allocating and Controlling Resources
  • Evaluating
  • Supervising


  • Planning
  • Projecting Outcomes
  • Analyzing Information


  • Interviewing
  • Liaising and Networking
  • Professional Communicating