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Working As A Plant Superintendent

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $93,940

    Average Salary

What Does A Plant Superintendent Do At Post Holdings

* Directly supervises and coordinates salaried supervisor roles including goal setting, evaluating performance, hiring and terminating.
* Schedules and supervises manufacturing resources to meet production goals established by operations management in alignment with business goals and objectives.
* Assures production activities are in compliance with company policies and procedures to include environmental, quality control standards and safety compliance.
* Ensures a safe work environment is maintained or improved throughout the plant.
* Schedules staff and assigns duties to meet production needs.
* Develops and administers material and labor usage controls.
* Implements employee relations programs with the objective of improving employee engagement and morale.
* Participates in production equipment maintenance program (as needed) including evaluation of predictive maintenance data, scheduling PM activities.
* Responds to unexpected interruptions in the production process.
* Maintains inventories of production supplies.
* Human resource concepts and procedures.
* Federal, state and local laws, rules, and regulations related to food processing

What Does A Plant Superintendent Do At Sonoco

* Ensure the safety of all employees; lead a comprehensive safety program to prevent injuries.
* Comply with all federal, state, and local environmental and safety regulations (EPA, OSHA, etc.)
* Develop subordinates through education, training, and teamwork
* Meet or exceed plant productivity, cost, or other performance metric expectations as outlined by plant manager
* Hire, train, direct and mentor staff and all plant employees with diverse language, cultural and educational background.
* Lead plant in continuous improvement initiatives, such as 5S with safety, 6 Sigma, Kaizen events, and lean manufacturing
* Coordinate production scheduling to meet customer demands, to manage overtime, to minimize inventory, and to reduce costs
* Support quality initiatives to ensure product meets or exceeds customer expectations.
* Ensure employees complete required quality checks and audits
* Build and maintain productive employee relationships, driving employee satisfaction.
* Provide direction, training, and development as needed.
* Provide coaching, counseling, or discipline as needed.
* Recommend disciplinary action to plant manager, and review disciplinary action by supervisors for effectiveness and consistency.
* Work with HR to address employee concerns and issues.
* Support plant union negotiations, as applicableIdentify, propose, and implement capital projects to improve operational performance
* When responsible for maintenance, ensure preventive maintenance program is implemented and maintained.
* Coordinate plant equipment maintenance and repair.
* Support machine installation or removal as needed.
* Specific decisions and recommendations this position is expected to make

What Does A Plant Superintendent Do At ADM

* Lead and sustain the Performance Excellence (PE) system engagement.
* The areas of focus include:
* Safety
* Structured Management System
* Proactive Maintenance
* Daily Equipment Care
* Focused Improvement
* Continuous Colleague Development
* Workplace Organization
* Early Equipment Management
* Utilize the principles of PE to ensure successful day-to-day operation of the facility in areas of safety, quality, environmental compliance, engagement and production.
* Align closely with the plant manager to carry out plant specific goals and objectives.
* Lead the performance of the shift leadership team and facilitate progress by eliminating barriers to success.
* Foster successful relationships with external stakeholder teams: Corn Processing, Cogen, Wastewater Treatment, Research & Development and Commercial

What Does A Plant Superintendent Do At Calportland

* Responsible for mine planning, safety, environmental matters, cost control, production and maintenance and operation including a Sand & Gravel Plant, Quarry Operation and Ready Mix Operation.
* Responsible for establishing and monitoring production plan; maintaining accurate cost and inventory control; calculating and analyzing productivity and material data
* Understands the value of quality and ensures processes are in place to provide a quality product to our customers
* Maintain duties related to MSHA regulations, including accident investigation and reporting, safety meetings, training, etc.; Actively engages with the employees to reinforce safe behaviors; Ensures that safety, compliance, and environmental requirements are followed
* Oversees mobile equipment repair and maintenance
* Oversees maintenance planning and cost control
* Works closely and effectively with safety, environmental, quality and materials performance
* Document production statistics and produce reports as required
* Responsible for capital and operating budget processes
* Maintain working relationships with all departments to ensure work objectives can be met
* Develop plans to work towards improved performance and lower operating

What Does A Plant Superintendent Do At BWAY Corporation

* Manages the overall safety, quality, scheduling, production, shipping, maintenance and other administrative functions for the facility.
* Leads the effort in maintaining a safe, clean and efficient operation working within all company guidelines and local/state/federal regulations.
* Strives to improve the plant’s safety accident record year over year in creating a positive safety culture for all employees.
* Conducts safety walks of the facility on a weekly basis.
* Ensures that the facility provides the highest quality products produced in the most efficient manner within budgeted costs.
* Implements systems to effectively manage production schedules properly supporting the business.
* Drives Plant performance and reviews KPIs regularly (Daily, Weekly and Monthly).
* Works with scheduling, sales and operations to establish production schedules and/or make changes as needed.
* Conducts talent reviews.
* Trains, develops and motivates staff in an effort to optimize the workforce.
* Delivers performance reviews and any feedback to the team as needed.
* Leads the effort and drives Lean Manufacturing tools and techniques fostering continuous improvement within the facility.
* Acts in a proactive fashion in regard to problem resolution.
* Conducts weekly staff meetings which focus on key operative measurements.
* Schedules and conducts plant communication meetings for all employees.
* Works as necessary to establish positive community relationships.
* Interfaces with customers and suppliers and visits both as necessary.
* Assists the Operations Manager managing Manages profit and loss for the facility.
* Leads the overall strategic planning efforts for the location which include cost reduction initiatives, capital planning and resources as well as in other areas.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Job Requirements

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How To Become A Plant Superintendent

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and several years of related work experience.


Employers prefer managers have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the degree may be in any field, many industrial production managers have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience take management classes and become a production manager. At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many industrial production managers begin as production workers and move up through the ranks. They usually advance to a first-line supervisory position before eventually being selected for management. Most earn a college degree in business management or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of a promotion.

Production managers who join a firm immediately after graduating from college sometimes work as first-line supervisors before beginning their jobs as production managers.

Some managers begin working at a company directly after college or graduate school. They may spend their first few months in training programs, becoming familiar with the production process, company policies, and safety regulations. In large companies, many also spend short periods of time working in other departments, such as purchasing or accounting, to learn more about the company.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Industrial production managers must have excellent communication skills so they can work with managers from other departments, as well as with the company’s senior-level management.

Leadership skills. To keep the production process running smoothly, industrial production managers must motivate and direct the employees they manage.

Problem-solving skills. Production managers must be able to identify problems immediately and solve them. For example, if a product has a defect, the manager determines whether it is a onetime problem or the result of the production process.

Time-management skills. To meet production deadlines, managers must carefully manage their employees’ time as well as their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

While not required, industrial production managers can earn certifications that show a higher level of competency in quality or management systems. The Association for Operations Management offers a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. The American Society for Quality offers credentials in quality control. Both certifications require specific amounts of work experience before applying for the credential, so they are generally not earned before entering the occupation.

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Plant Superintendent Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Carrier


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Real Plant Superintendent Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tailings Facility & Filtering Plant SR. Superintendent Rosemont Copper Joint Venture Tucson, AZ Oct 15, 2015 $140,000
Plant Superintendent Rio Grande Mining Company Marfa, TX Feb 18, 2011 $122,533 -
Plant Superintendent Rio Grande Mining Company Marfa, TX Sep 16, 2013 $120,000
Plant Superintendent Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC Warm Springs, GA Oct 19, 2013 $100,000 -
Lignite Plant Support Superintendent Oak Grove Management Company LLC Franklin, TX Dec 13, 2016 $95,000 -
Lignite Plant Support Superintendent Luminant Power Services Company Franklin, TX Dec 13, 2016 $95,000 -
Lignite Plant Support Superintendent Luminant Power Services Company Franklin, TX Mar 23, 2016 $95,000 -
Lignite Plant Superintendent, Production Luminant Power Services Company Tatum, TX Jan 15, 2015 $95,000 -
Plant Superintendent Unimin Corporation Kasota, MN Feb 20, 2013 $91,000 -
Lignite Plant Superintendent, Production Luminant Power Services Company Franklin, TX Sep 01, 2014 $88,400 -
Plant Superintendent Calera Corporation Moss Landing, CA Feb 01, 2011 $86,275
Plant Superintendent Calera Corporation Moss Landing, CA Mar 01, 2011 $86,275

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Top Skills for A Plant Superintendent


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Top Plant Superintendent Skills

  1. Plant Safety
  2. Production Supervisors
  3. Entire Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented all plant safety, operation and maintenance procedures.
  • Supervised Production Supervisors, Plant Service Personnel, 45 production employees, resolved conflicts, and determined salary advancement.
  • Coordinate production schedule for entire facility.
  • Communicate information between Engineers/Project Managers and plant personnel.
  • Formulated, recommended and implemented policies and procedures relating to safety, quality, environmental and shipping/receiving.

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