What does a Plant Manager do?

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.

  • Direct and coordinate daily operations of the manufacturing plant
  • Oversee all levels of staff activity and performance
  • Develop processes to increase productivity and enhance performance
  • Ensure company policies and procedures are followed at all times
  • Screen, interview and manage the onboarding process of new hires
  • Provide training and educational materials to staff as necessary
  • Monitor equipment and ensure that they are in good working order
  • Repair or replace plant equipment as needed
  • Proven experience working in plant operations required
  • Good understanding of regulatory requirements for operating plants
  • Strong aptitude for root cause analysis and troubleshooting operational issues
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications and computer technology
  • Familiar with operating plant equipment safely and efficiently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership and managerial attributes. Exceptional organizational and time-management skills
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills
  • Able to sit, stand and walk around for long periods at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Plant Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$106,287 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$66K
Median: $106K
$171K
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Plant Manager Insights

Read what Plant Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Bharat Seats Limited
Plant Manager
Nov. 12, 2020

“Salary is Good and Comparatively Better”

GannettGannett
Plant Manager
Dec. 30, 2020

“401k / benefits are not the best”

U.S. Department of AgricultureU.S. Department of Agriculture
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Oct. 20, 2020

“Amazing cool good money fun”

DuPontDuPont
Agriculture
Feb. 16, 2021

“Nice place and well salary and the job type is agriculture i like it”

HenkelHenkel
Plant Manager
Feb. 12, 2021

“Henkel is amazing multinational company to work for and to develop my career”

CHICHI
Director of Plant Operations
Aug. 16, 2021

“great opportunity to grow as a leader and for your career”

CheggChegg
Agriculture
Dec. 7, 2020

“Good work and best earning to this company”

Acura Homes
Plant Manager
Mar. 23, 2021

“Good people and I dont have to worry about my job.”

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