A typical day at work involved arriving an hour before the production personal to adjust the planned production to meet the needs of our customers and best utilize our capacities. The rest of the day was spent managing that production as needed, planning future production, purchasing and scheduling delivery of required raw materials and supplies to meet those needs. I was also responsible for keeping the level of finished goods and raw material inventories as lean as possible without affecting customer service.
Management was not rigid and allowed me to adjust and improve on the operation of the facility as needed to produced positive results. I used the same philosophy with my direct reports.
The hardest part of the job was worrying if a planned raw material or supply shipment would not arrive on time and cause a finished goods shortage.
The most enjoyable part of the job was helping and coaching the employees to improve productivity to meet our customers demands with a minimum of time and effort.