Profession wood factory manager

Wood factory managers realise planning, commercial and advisory tasks of wood factory and timber trade. They also manage purchasing, sales, customer service and marketing of wood and wood products.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Artistic
  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Enterprising / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Wood products

    The various wood products such as lumber and furniture, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Types of wood materials

    Identify the specification, purpose, and quality of the required wood (based) material and provide information about this to customers.

  • Woodworking processes

    Steps in the processing of wood for the manufacturing of wooden articles and types of machines used for these processes such as drying, shaping, assembling and surface finishing.

  • Construction products

    The offered construction materials, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Timber products

    Key features, advantages and limitations of the different timbers and timber based products sold at a company and where to access this information.

Skills

  • Carry out purchasing operations in the timber business

    Carry out purchasing operations within the scope of personal responsibility and with due regard to production efficiency and business objectives.

  • Define manufacturing quality criteria

    Define and describe the criteria by which data quality is measured for manufacturing purposes, such as international standards and manufacturing regulations.

  • Develop manufacturing policies

    Develop policies and procedures applied in a manufactury such as employment policies or safety procedures.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Oversee quality control

    Monitor and assure the quality of the provided goods or services by overseeing that all the factors of the production meet quality requirements. Supervise product inspection and testing.

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Plan health and safety procedures

    Set up procedures for maintaining and improving health and safety in the workplace.

  • Advise customers on wood products

    Advise others on the applicability, suitability, and limitations of wood products and wood based materials.

  • Strive for company growth

    Develop strategies and plans aiming at achieving a sustained company growth, be the company self-owned or somebody else's. Strive with actions to increase revenues and positive cash flows.

  • Manage supplies

    Monitor and control the flow of supplies that includes the purchase, storage and movement of the required quality of raw materials, and also work-in-progress inventory. Manage supply chain activities and synchronise supply with demand of production and customer.

  • Create manufacturing guidelines

    Draft procedures and guidelines to ensure that government and industry regulations are met by manufacturers in both international and domestic markets.

  • Study prices of wood products

    Be aware of current market studies and forecasts concerning supply, demand, trade and prices of wood and related products.

  • Sell processed timber in a commercial environment

    Check that the sales area is in a suitable condition for customers and that the stock and materials are in a suitable condition to be sold.

  • Liaise with managers

    Liaise with managers of other departments ensuring effective service and communication, i.e. sales, planning, purchasing, trading, distribution and technical.

  • Manage production systems

    Organize, manage, and maintain all aspects of production, including product design, production planning, and production control systems (for example by the use of the computer program WFM).

  • Manage factory operations

    Supervise factory operations, planning, formulating, organising, controlling. and directing factory production activities.

  • Follow company standards

    Lead and manage according to the organisation's code of conduct.

  • Analyse production processes for improvement

    Analyse production processes leading toward improvement. Analyse in order to reduce production losses and overall manufacturing costs.

  • Delegate activities

    Delegate activities and tasks to others according to the ability, level of preparation, competence and legal scope of practice. Make sure that people understand what they should do and when they should do it.

Optional knowledge and skills

recruit personnel oversee logistics of finished products negotiate terms with suppliers wear appropriate protective gear assess felled timber volume manage timber stocks negotiate improvement with suppliers assess felled timber quality meet contract specifications schedule regular machine maintenance engineering processes align efforts towards business development distinguish wood quality inspect wood materials environmental legislation in agriculture and forestry liaise with shareholders quality standards prepare production reports train employees prospect new customers prepare purchasing reportings check durability of wood materials manage customer service company policies check material rescources evaluate employees work