As the National Operations Manager of Class Plastic, David Fatone, manages our daily production, purchasing, and dispatch.
Dave ensures that we are always on track with our customers’ orders and that we have an ample supply of materials needed to manufacture our containers, as well as making sure that our customers’ orders are delivered on time.
We asked Dave what his typical day as the Operations Manager looks like.
Can you give us a summary of your role?
I handle everything from planning, purchasing, production, and dispatch.
Every day, I would set a production plan based on our customers’ orders and make sure that we have enough materials to manufacture these containers.
In the morning, the first thing I do is to make sure that all our machines are working properly and that the containers we manufactured the previous day all meet our customers’ needs and quality standards, as well as our minimum holding quantities. After this, I’d go to our dispatch department to arrange the delivery of the containers.
I then create a report on the number of quality containers we’ve produced and make sure that it coincides with our sales orders and production plan for that day.
How do you keep on top of all these things?
I follow a daily production schedule and set weekly requirements.
As I receive the orders, I write each item down and take note of how many are required. I set a production plan and create a schedule based on the incoming items and a daily forecast for generic items. So for example, if we have 30 pallets for generic items and we received an order for 10, I’ll put an extra 20 on the floor because there is usually a consistent demand for generic containers.
How do you keep track of the capacity of each machine?
Each machine has its own limit and we understand that. We know what each machine can do in a day. It’s also important that we are being honest with our customers in terms of the capacity of our machines and how many containers we can produce for a given timeline. The key is to make sure that we plan and schedule our production accordingly.
What do you like most about your role?
I like that I am always busy. The day runs quickly. There’s a lot of work but it keeps me stimulated. I like that there is always something to do and something to think about. I enjoy making our products as much I enjoy getting them out.
What’s the best thing about working with Class Plastics?
They treat me well and the best part is that we all work well as a team.