How to Hire a Production Supervisor

Does your growing business need a production supervisor? A production supervisor is responsible for making the production process more robust while trying to achieve cost minimization.

Here are some tips to help you find great production supervisor candidates and choose the right hire for your business.

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Production supervisors searching for jobs on Indeed*

255,747

Job seekers that click production supervisor jobs

46,773

Resumes for job seekers with production supervisor experience on Indeed

10,216

Production supervisor jobs that received clicks

What is the cost of hiring production supervisor?

  • Common salary in US: $60,976 yearly
  • Typical salaries range from $24,000$114,000 yearly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – April 2021

As of April 2021, production supervisor jobs in the U.S. are very competitive compared to other job markets, with an average of 25 job seekers per production supervisor job.

Why hire a production supervisor?

An efficient production supervisor helps streamline the production operations of the company. They utilize the available raw materials and other resources to get better output from the production processes.

  • Strategize and establish monthly/weekly/daily production goals for the production team and communicate to the respective employees
  • Organize and manage the production processes, assign responsibilities and monitor schedules
  • Manage, monitor and coach employees and provide training as needed

What are the types of production supervisors?

When looking to hire a production supervisor, it’s important to understand management roles and responsibilities. Depending on the manufacturer, production supervisors can oversee a range of business activity. Here are common types of production supervisors:

  • Production manager: A production manager develops and implements policies and procedures to achieve the company’s production-related goals, helping the business grow more efficiently.
  • Operations managerAn operations manager is responsible for managing the company’s resources effectively and making the company run more smoothly. They may also handle HR tasks, budgeting and special project management.
  • Plant manager (or plant operator): Plant managers oversee the activity in a production plant to streamline manufacturing processes. Some work within a specific department, while others manage the activity of the entire plant.
  • Manufacturing supervisor: Manufacturing supervisors coordinate the daily routines of workers in a production facility, including organizing training, delegating tasks and evaluating employee performance.

Where to find production supervisors

To find the right production supervisor for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies:

  • Hire from within. Is anyone in your company or organization looking to move up? Assess your current staff’s skills and see if any employees would be a good fit in a production supervisor role.
  • Network. Attend professional conferences, business meetups and other networking events for manufacturers to see if any qualified candidates are available.
  • Ask members of the manufacturing industry. Ask manufacturers if they know someone who’d be interested in working for your company.
  • Post help wanted ads in public spaces. Print out help wanted flyers and post them where people can easily read them.
  • Post your job online. Try posting your production supervisor job on Indeed to find and attract quality production supervisor candidates.

What are the types of production supervisors?

When looking to hire a production supervisor, it’s important to understand management roles and responsibilities. Depending on the manufacturer, production supervisors can oversee a range of business activity. Here are common types of production supervisors:

  • Production manager: A production manager develops and implements policies and procedures to achieve the company’s production-related goals, helping the business grow more efficiently.
  • Operations managerAn operations manager is responsible for managing the company’s resources effectively and making the company run more smoothly. They may also handle HR tasks, budgeting and special project management.
  • Plant manager (or plant operator): Plant managers oversee the activity in a production plant to streamline manufacturing processes. Some work within a specific department, while others manage the activity of the entire plant.
  • Manufacturing supervisor: Manufacturing supervisors coordinate the daily routines of workers in a production facility, including organizing training, delegating tasks and evaluating employee performance.

Writing a production supervisor job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified production supervisor candidates. A production supervisor job description includes a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities and the required and preferred skills for the position.

When writing your production supervisor job description, consider including some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on production supervisor jobs, according to Indeed data:

  • Production supervisor
  • Supervisor
  • Production manager
  • Manufacturing
  • Manager
  • Manufacturing supervisor
  • Management
  • Production
  • Production supervisor manufacturing
  • Manufacturing manager

Interviewing production supervisor candidates

To hire a suitable production supervisor, take the time to vet candidates and ask detailed interview questions to understand their knowledge and skills. 

  • How they’ve led and managed a production team and assigned them daily/weekly production targets
  • Experience in working in a production or manufacturing facility in a supervisory role
  • How they’ve contributed to achieving high efficiency from the production processes by use of existing resources

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of production supervisor interview questions for examples (with sample answers).

FAQs about how to hire a production supervisor

Do I really need a production supervisor?

While it’s technically possible to operate without a production supervisor, it could negatively impact productivity, efficiency, product quality and other important aspects of your company’s production process.

How do I choose between two good production supervisor candidates?

When faced with two good candidates, focus on the prospect who’s demonstrated the best critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

What pitfalls should I watch out for when hiring a production supervisor?

To keep employee morale high and encourage strong working relationships, you should avoid candidates who demonstrate lack of integrity or dishonesty.

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