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Manufacturing supervisor Factory supervisor, production line supervisor, shift supervisor

Manufacturing supervisors keep production lines running smoothly and manage staff.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll normally need 1 to 2 years' experience on a production line. Experience in a related area like quality control or machine maintenance could help you get a job.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • communication skills
  • organisational and time-keeping skills
  • leadership and motivational skills
  • IT skills including spreadsheets

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks will include:

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

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £23,000

Experienced: £24,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. You could work shifts covering nights and weekends. You could work in a range of manufacturing industries including food and drink, chemicals or car manufacturing.

You'll spend time in an office and on the factory floor, where you'll wear protective clothing.

6. Career path and progression

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

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Last updated: 11 April 2017