Profession wood production supervisor

Wood production supervisors monitor processes involved in the conversion of felled trees into usable lumber. They follow the production process and make quick decisions to resolve problems. ​They ensure that production targets, such as quantity and quality of products, timeliness and cost-effectiveness, can be achieved.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • Analyse the need for technical resources

    Define and make a list of the required resources and equipment based on the technical needs of the production.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Manage resources

    Manage personnel, machinery and equipment in order to optimise production results, in accordance with the policies and plans of the company.

  • Ensure finished product meet requirements

    Ensure that finished products meet or exceed company specifications.

  • Follow production schedule

    Follow production schedule taking into account all requirements, times and needs. This schedule outlines what individual commodities must be produced in each time period and encapsulates various concerns like production, staffing, inventory, etc. It is usually linked to manufacturing where the plan indicates when and how much of each product will be demanded. Utilise all the information in the actual implementation of the plan.

  • Evaluate employees work

    Evaluate the need for labour for the work ahead. Evaluate the performance of the team of workers and inform superiors. Encourage and support the employees in learning, teach them techniques and check the application to ensure product quality and labour productivity.

  • Coordinate communication within a team

    Collect contact info for all team members and decide on modes of communication.

  • Liaise with managers

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

  • Communicate problems to senior colleagues

    Communicate and give feedback to senior colleagues in the event of problems or non-conformities.

  • Oversee production requirements

    Oversee production processes and prepare all the resources needed to maintain an efficient and continuous flow of production.

  • Meet productivity targets

    Devise methods to determine improvement in productivity, adjusting the goals to be reached and the necessary time and resources.

  • Report on production results

    Report on production to the hierarchy. Mention a specified set of parameters, such as amount produced and timing, and any issues or unexpected occurrences.

Optional knowledge and skills

record production data for quality control undertake inspections distinguish wood quality analyse production processes for improvement train employees woodworking tools check material rescources identify hazards in the workplace quality assurance methodologies recruit personnel oversee logistics of finished products types of sawing blades integrate new products in manufacturing first aid wood cuts monitor manufacturing quality standards monitor machine operations sawing techniques types of wood ensure compliance with environmental legislation functionalities of machinery inspect wood materials write inspection reports liaise with quality assurance provide advice to technicians oversee quality control schedule regular machine maintenance cutting technologies