Manufacturing supervisor

Alternative titles for this job include Factory supervisor, production line supervisor, shift supervisor

Manufacturing supervisors keep production lines running smoothly and manage staff.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

nights on shifts

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 subjects include the Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Team Leading.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through a team leader or supervisor advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced 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 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
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Team Leader/Supervisor Apprentice

  • Wage : £281.25 Weekly
  • Location: Nottingham NG1 5BQ

1st Line Manager/Supervisor Apprentice

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Luton LU4 9DT

Courses In England

Team Leading Level 2

  • Provider: Chichester College Group
  • Start date: 31 July 2019
  • Location: Chichester

Team Leading Knowledge Certificate Level 2

  • Provider: Birmingham Metropolitan College
  • Start date: 30 January 2019
  • Location: Birmingham

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