Industry Forum

Manufacturing Manager Training (MMT)


The Manufacturing Manager Training programme is aimed for practising or aspiring managers within a manufacturing operations environment. This is an intense and advanced level of management training to support the development of their knowledge and skills to manage operational activities.


4 days


This programme has been designed in accordance with and influenced by a study conducted by the Automotive Industry Partnership, that analysed all job roles and identified critical skills and responsibilities for each position.

The Manufacturing Manager Training programme will provide in-depth knowledge in managing operational activities and develop leadership skill required to become a Transformational Leader through a blended learning approach.

Who should attend?

This 4 day training is designed for those who lead and manage operational Supervisors and reports to senior leadership team within a manufacturing environment. This is not limited to manufacturing managers but also applicable for other business unit managers such as production managers, service/ maintenance managers, quality managers or purchasing managers etc. It is ideal for those who are about to start in this role or who are in role but require intermediate level training to develop their capability. 

Course Outline

  • A suite of teach-point modules for essential knowledge to daily management and driving continuous improvement culture
  • Develop interpersonal skills to lead and manage individuals and teams to deliver on goals and objectives
  • Improve professional management skills such as how to give instruction, direction and guidance to supervisors / cell leaders
  • Conflict resolution within the team and departmental levels
  • Skills and behaviour to drive business activities and establish effective methods of sustainability
  • Professional reporting and escalating issue including managing stakeholders expectation
  • Develop coaching skills and managing team dynamics and delegation capability
  • Includes an introduction to:


Module 1: Leadership Essentials

    • Overview different types of Leadership
    • Situational Leadership (Self-Assessment)
    • People Management (Performance and Conflict Management)
    • Financial Acumen Awareness (Department Budgeting, Operational Costs

Module 2: Advanced Lean Tools

    • Importance of maintaining and improving 5S and Advanced Visual Management approaches
    • Understanding Value, establish Continuous Flow & maintaining Flow
    • Implementing Total Productive Maintenance/ Management (TPM)


Module 3: Sustainability

    • Importance of Sustainability
    • Change Management
    • Manufacturing Planning and Control
    • Supporting Business Strategy

Module 4: Process & Policy Adherence

    • Advancing Daily Management Systemically
    • Establish & deployment of Roles & Responsibilities
    • Invest in People (people development, workforce retention)
    • Managing Customer Perception

Module 5: Team Recognition & Culture Change

    • What is Recognition
    • Creating culture for improvement
    • Personal Development Plan

Benefits and Learning Objectives

This unique training programme provides delegates who have either been promoted or starting in a managerial position with comprehensive Continuous Improvement & shop floor experience required to enhancement of their leadership skills, whilst developing and nurturing their process and performance skills.

You will gain the necessary skills, through learning and practice, to further develop and build on from the fundamental understandings of lean, continuous improvement. You will then be able undertake a lean assessment of your working environment; ensuring proficient lean practices to support achieving the business targets.

You will learn, through advanced lean tools, which tools should be deployed and what level of adherence they should be implemented to achieve the required sustainable output to satisfy the customer requirements, establishing continuous flow and maintaining flow. Coupled with leadership essentials, which allows you to understand what leadership is, the types of leadership and how to manage poor performance effectively.

The skills gained will enable you to become confident in managing teams or departments by deploying the expectations of best practice of lean tools, understanding the importance of sustainability through manufacturing planning and control, encompassing process & policy adherence, whilst underpinning leadership skills that support business strategy to enable you to clarify roles and responsibilities of the teams.



Upon completion of the training you will receive an attendance to Industry Forum Manufacturing Manager Training Certificate.  The course also provides an opportunity for delegates to go on and acquire a Level 4 equivalent nationally recognised qualification with a further work-based project.

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