The production team leader is responsible for being a leadership resource to team members, providing knowledge, experience, motivation, support and advice. The leader is responsible for knowing proper procedures for workers to follow and ensuring that they comply. The leader might be called upon to share knowledge on how to use tools and equipment, or tips on how to improve quality or speed of production. The production team leader encourages team effort and supportive attitudes between workers.
Production team leaders instruct/coach their teams on the proper use of safety equipment and emergency procedures should they be necessary at any point during the production process. Production team leaders must ensure that their team members are supplied with protective gear, including safety glasses, gloves and protective outer clothing. The team leader is responsible for ensuring adiquate safety checks are carried out throughout the production process, as well as monitoring activities of workers during production. Security and cleanliness/sanitation of the manufacturing plant is also a concern for team leaders. If incidents occur compromising safety or security, the team leader reports them.
Production team leaders are responsible for meeting quality assurance standards as set by industry programs, such as ISO and Six Sigma. They must also make sure that all products produced are in line with company guidelines and procedures and comply with regulations, such as from the FDA. The production team leader is responsible for setting high standards to reach production goals, ensuring that higher quantities produced do not compromise quality. If defects are discovered in products, it's the team leader's responsibility to highlight this and draw upon all resources available to find solutions .
Another aspect of a production team leader's job responsibilities involves administrative activities. They must be able to keep track and be aware...