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Career Story: Director Of Manufacturing For A Uniform And Career Apparel Maker

Director Of Manufacturing For A Uniform And Career Apparel Maker

Job Title: Director Of Manufacturing

Type of Company: My company sells clothing to rental and direct sale customers and offers logo embroidery, screen printing and monogramming.

Education: attended, Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hill, MA)(

Previous Experience: I started as a date entry keyer for a catalog company and worked my way up to plant manager of the assembly employees. I currently work for a large uniform career apparel unit where I am the Director of the Embroidery and Screen Print departments.

Job Tasks: I am responsible for making sure the manufacturing departments (art, embroidery, screen printing, seamstress) meet the customers' needs by embellishing their garments correctly and on time.

We establish department and individual goals and measure the results against these goals daily, weekly and monthly. We hold meetings where we require employees to discuss their performance and let management know where we can better support them to help them achieve their goal.

I have five direct reports, five indirect management and 400+ employees. We also are challenged with seasonal hiring (Oct - Dec) to meet demand in the months when it is heaviest. Much of my job consists of making sure we stay within budget and ship orders to customers on time. But I also monitor quality and safety.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is watching employees grow to their full potential. Employees are a company's greatest asset and it is the management team's responsibility to give them the opportunity to learn and grow. It is very rewarding to see people succeed, especially when they get promoted.

Job Tips: It is now a requirement that you have a four-year business degree even to get an interview for a management job here. It is also important that you take courses in finance because knowing how to budget is a must. You have to understand that in most cases you need to start off as a Supervisor or Lead and work your way up to the Director's or Vice-President's position. But a college degree is only one part of the education you need. The hands-on experience and ability to demonstrate your true skills is what gets you noticed and allows you to stand out. I have a philosophy that I wouldn't ask my managers or employees to do any task that I would do myself [sic]. You need to build your own beliefs which will help guide you through your managing style.

Additional Thoughts: I believe you should love the job you are walking into every day. I feel it is very important to have a passion for what you are doing. You spend so much time at work and building a career for yourself that you want to be happy doing it.

I would quickly learn from others the behaviors I want to adopt and which behaviors I wouldn't want to follow. Find a mentor early in your career whom you can be open and honest with and share stories and ask for advice.

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