We look at how you can get a start as a production supervisor

With productivity being more important than every to companies nowadays due to the lack of resources that tends to be available to many businesses, the last few years has seen an increased demand for those working in the role of production supervisor. Today we are going to take a look at what that role entails, and how you can get involved in it.

With so many different industries available to anyone who wants to work as a production supervisor, it's not surprising that many people tend to find the job description a little bit confusing. There are a huge number of potential responsibilities and day to day tasks that can apply to production supervisors, but we're going to take a look at some of the most general in order to give you a feel for what is involved.

Usually, a production supervisor is responsible for a set number of staff. It will be your job to ensure that all productivity targets are met and that everything runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

You will be responsible for drafting work rosters as well as determining the amount of time to be spent on individual projects by your staff. In many industries, you will need to carefully balance your time across a number of different products which can be quite difficult if you are being forced to work with limited resources.

Above all else, the most important thing will be to ensure that customer deadlines are met at all times without sacrificing the quality of the work. When working with machinery, it will be up to you to ensure that you have continual updates on the functionality of the machines so that you can call in maintenance crews where necessary.

It is recommended that you have an honours degree, usually in a subject such as business management, engineering, science, politics or human resources in order to get into this kind of work. While these may seem like a strange collection of subjects, they are usually recommended due to their focus on logic and numeracy; two key elements to being a successful production supervisor.

Entry level jobs as a production supervisor can have wildly varying wages. These will depend entirely on the industry you are working in, and the number of staff that are in your team. Usually, wages are between £22,000 and £32,000 per year for newcomers, increasing to as much as £75,000 per year for those with senior experience.

We recommend you take a look at websites like reed.co.uk, totaljobs.com and jobs.guardian.co.uk in order to keep up to date with all the latest vacancies in the field.

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