Manufacturing supervisor

Factory supervisor, production line supervisor, shift supervisor

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Manufacturing supervisors keep production lines running smoothly and manage staff.

Salary range: £18,000 to £35,000

How to become a manufacturing supervisor

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include the Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Team Leading.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a team leader advanced apprenticeship or process leader higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could work your way up to a supervisor’s job after getting 1 or 2 years’ experience as a production worker.

Direct application

To go straight into a supervisor job, you’ll usually need qualifications or experience from related manufacturing work, like machinery maintenance or quality control.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • planning staff shift rotas
  • reporting machinery breakdowns
  • stock control and ordering supplies
  • making sure your team meets its production targets
  • carrying out quality control checks and writing reports
  • updating paperwork like holiday requests and sick leave
  • organising staff training

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a factory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience you could move into quality control, production planning and management or research and development.

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