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Does anyone have a shop foreman job duties description they can share? Or know where to get one?
This seems like fairly low hanging fruit.
At the most basic level a shop foreman's job would seem to be establishing priorities, passing out tasks and monitoring status. Day to day (hour to hour?) strategy would seem to be linked to status.
Does the foreman create strategy or does he just handle the clerk work?
Who is in charge of establishing methods for manufacturing? Would you want to run with the "there are ten good ways to skin a cat" philosophy or would you want to see if there is one particular best way and try to get everybody to use that way?
How do you pick the best method amongst competing methods?
Then there is the training thing. What is the mechanism you use to impart knowledge? Is knowledge a derivative of pedigree? If you have been doing this for ten years does this mean you are doing it right?
Most world class organizations have at least some kind of certification program. What is the mechanism for someone in your company to know they are doing things the right way?
Is anybody in your company in charge of improving things or does this just happen organically with the magic method?
These things are all connected and someone is in charge of them. Maybe EVERYBODY is in charge of them (also known as NOBODY is in charge of them).
Formality is a bitch. That's why we don't have much of it but it is also why you want to codify the job description for your shop foreman.
Don't mean to hijack your question but I think these things are all important parts to your question.
Back when I was a cigarette smoker my buddy said to me "How can you be a maestro if it takes half of your energy just to breathe?"
How much time do you spend simply ascertaining field position?
Accurate status would seem to be very important to developing strategy. Status, however, is constantly changing.
Do you schedule resources based on who is available or do you do this based on a hierarchy of sequence and either complete or not complete, next or not next?