Roles in Manufacturing: Plant Manager

A detailed explanation of the duties, responsibilities, and education levels of the Plant Manager in a manufacturing facility.

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Welcome back to the Roles in Manufacturing series where I am giving you an introduction to the different job roles that exist in manufacturing companies.

In the previous parts of the series, I introduced you to the role of the Environment, Health & Safety team in a manufacturing company.

In this part of the series, we will learn what the Plant Manager does in a manufacturing plant and what training or education is required to work as a Plant Manager.

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With that bit of shameless self-promotion out of the way, let’s get back to talking about the Plant Manager in a manufacturing facility.

Plant Manager

We have already talked about many different roles and teams that you will encounter in a manufacturing plant.

In most plants, all of these teams report to the Plant Manager. This is because the Plant Manager is responsible for the overall plant’s performance including production, delivery schedules, quality, safety, and operating costs.

Since the Plant Manager is responsible for every aspect of the plant, she cares about every Key Performance Indicator that is tracked in the factory.

In general, the Plant Manager is the final decision-maker for a factory. She decides what does and does not happen in a plant and then delegates the execution of projects to different teams.

For enterprise companies with multiple manufacturing sites, the Plant Manager is usually part of the corporate operations team and reports to a Vice President or Director of Operations. This Vice President/Director of Operations is responsible for the operations of multiple plants.

What’s Next?

In my last few posts, I have interested you to the roles and teams that you will encounter in a factory.

In my next posts, I will introduce you to the roles that you may encounter in an Original Equipment manufacturer or OEM. An OEM is a company that builds machines that factories use to run their operations and has a different structure from a typical factory.

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