Plant Manager Jobs
K.C.O. Resource Management
Austin Allen Company, LLC
Beacon Professional Search
Stanley, Black and Decker
Eric V Stearley CPC & Associates
Griffin Recruitment Group LLC
Union City, CA
Cameron Craig Group
Plant Manager Job Overview
All across the nation, factories are manufacturing goods, processing raw materials, and producing energy. Plant manager jobs involve overseeing these mammoth operations—supervising both production and administrative duties, as well as monitoring all workers for safety and efficiency.
From creating computer equipment and electronics to refining petroleum and making plastic products out of chemicals and raw ingredients, work activities may vary, but plant managers will typically:
- scrutinize production data and reports
- plan and direct all operational tasks
- ensure production stays on schedule and within budget
- address and provide solutions to any production problems
- survey machinery to determine any need for fixes or new orders
- assess worker performance and determine the need for new hires
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there’s an average of 13,900 jobs for industrial production managers opening each year through 2030, thanks to retirements and workers moving on to other occupations. Also, the BLS points out that these positions will continue to be in demand to improve productivity, especially in the following industries:
- pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing
- machine shops
- motor-vehicle parts manufacturing
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Plant Manager Education and Skills
Although some exceptions may occur—mainly if you have several years of relevant experience under your belt—most plant manager jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree. Any major could do, but you may want to opt for business administration, finance, marketing, or industrial engineering so that you have a proper educational foundation for the kind of work you’ll be doing. Bigger corporations with larger operations may even require a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Also, consider the optional credentials to magnify your candidacy:
- Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM) from the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM)
- Certifications from the American Society of Quality (ASQ)
Plus, having the skills below will help you thrive in any plant manager role:
- leadership qualities
- financial-management skills
- time-management skills
- problem-solving acumen
- interpersonal and communication skills
- acuity and adaptability
Get an insider’s view with Monster’s production supervisor job description.
Update Your Plant Manager Resume
Before you start scouring for plant manager jobs, you’ll need to spruce up your resume. Make sure to prominently feature your managerial effectiveness and any knowledge of the industry, products, or goods affiliated with the plant you’re applying to. Need some guidance? Then review Monster’s plant manager resume sample. And, while you’re at it, read over our curated advice on how to write cover letters so that your application doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.
Interviewing for a Plant Manager Job
Interview questions for plant manager jobs will depend on the kind of operation you’re applying to. But Monster can help before you go in with our selection of expert tips for interview preparation.
Meanwhile, gain an advantage by practicing with the following questions:
- What quality control processes would you implement?
- How do you streamline your production schedule?
- How do you maintain cost efficiency to remain on budget?
- How do you measure KPIs (key performance indicators)?
How Much Do Plant Manager Jobs Pay?
You can build a solid career heading a factory. Currently, the yearly median pay for a production plant manager is $69,693, and it’s $84,764 for a manufacturing manager. Additionally, a plant operator can make around $18.97 per hour.
You can also research salaries in your area by making use of Monster’s handy Salary Tools.
Want to Learn More About a Company You’re Interested In?
There are so many different aspects to plant operations, and company culture may be significant to you too. Analyze and evaluate employers in our company profiles, which highlight:
- plant manager jobs in various industries
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- trends and top companies that are hiring right now
Ready to Find Plant Manager Jobs?
We know you can’t wait to take control of a massive production facility. So go ahead and set up a Monster profile to receive personalized job updates and connect to opportunities at plants throughout the country.