A plant manager is responsible for the entire operations of a manufacturing plant. This includes the management and coordination of daily activities to ensure high performance and production at all times. Other duties include ensuring company policies and procedures are followed as well as assisting in the onboarding process of new hires and providing training and educational materials to staff members. Depending on the industry, career advancements for a plant manager may result in a directorial or executive position.
Although a minimum of a bachelor's degree in business or engineering is required to be a plant manager, larger companies may require a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree of their managers. Good candidates for the job display strong understanding of regulatory requirements for operating plants to ensure policies and procedures are adhered to and often possess excellent communication skills and leadership attributes. Due to the nature of the job, a plant manager must be physically able to sit, stand and walk around for long periods at a time.
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