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Mill Manager

Position Overview

Mill managers often have many different responsibilities and so they must be able to multitask effectively. In general, mill managers oversee the mills operations, such as planning, production, and delivery. They ensure there is suitable performance management techniques in place and keep all workers accountable for their actions. They need to make sure their team meets certain production targets and takes preventative measures to maintain equipment successfully. Mill managers often need to train staff members, and encourage appropriate health and safety management. They also manage the budget for production, taking into consideration maintenance and transport costs. They must have a business mind to develop key strategies for the success of the company.

Mill Manager Duties

  • Train staff members on company and mill operations
  • Direct daily operations in the mill
  • Forecast and schedule procurement
  • Monitor inventory
  • Responsible for the maintenance of the mill and general housekeeping duties
  • Develop and maintain a budget for the mill
  • Performance benchmarking
  • Manage employees, taking into consideration their needs and push them to improve performance when needed
  • In charge of attracting, hiring and retaining staff
  • Support company's overall business objectives
  • Occasionally travel to different sites
  • Ensure hygiene and feed quality standards are followed at the mill

Typical Employers

  • Feed companies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Mining companies
  • Sawmills

Required Education and Training

Mill managers should have a bachelor's degree in engineering or agriculture; other related fields may be considered. Candidates should also have 4 or more years of experience working in a similar position, such as a feed sales role, management position, or something related to agribusiness. If no prior management experience, candidates should be able to display their leadership abilities in other ways as this is critical to the success of the position.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • A good understanding of business and finance
  • Computer knowledge
  • Highly organised
  • Sound management and leadership skills
  • Ability to make decisions quickly
  • Values product quality and customer satisfaction
  • Can work effectively in a team environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Action oriented
  • Strong data management skills
  • Motivational