Job Descriptions of a Finishing Supervisor in a Garment Factory

A finishing supervisor is responsible for all the activities performed in the finishing section in a garment production unit. You know the processes performed in a finishing section - starting from the counting of garments received from the sewing department, thread trimming, garment quality checking (visual inspection and measurement checking), ironing, folding, tagging, poly bagging, and packing garments in cartons and sending/storing packed garment in the warehouse.

In this post, I will share the job description of the finishing supervisor. In case you need to know what does a finishing supervisor does in a factory, this post answer that question as well. Keep reading.

Related post: Functions of the finishing department in the garment manufacturing sector

Job Descriptions of Finishing Supervisor

If you are working as a finishing supervisor in a garment manufacturing factory or planning for job changes and need to know the job descriptions of this profile, read the following list.

Ensuring finishing completion target for a given order (styles) with desired quality.

Monitoring the finishing related processes in order to meet on-time shipments.

Hiring and keeping required manpower for all activities performed in the finishing section. The finishing section’s manpower includes thread trimmers, garment checkers, measurement checking person, spotting person, stitching repair operator, garment folding, and packing.

Make sure all the employees working in the finishing section are skilled for their specific job.

The finishing supervisor should be able to explain the job to his workers and give instructions on how to do the finishing jobs in the correct ways.

Arranging necessary training required for building workers' skills to the finishing room activities.

Must be aware of his section's capacity for different products in different processes (ironing, visual checking, garment alteration, folding, and packing).

Planning for loading different styles in different to different teams.

Should plan daily finishing target based on its daily capacity (depending on the manpower availability) and able to finish and pack as per target quantity.

If things getting delayed in finishing room processes, the finishing supervisor must info the same to the higher management (Finishing manager/factory manager /production manager).

Responsible for doing quality work by his/her team.

Responsible for garment quality issues if found in internal quality audit and buyer's QA inspection

Taking care of finishing cost per garment (for different apparel items)

Maintaining inventory for consumables in this finishing section and required accessories for packing and other activities

Follow up the inventory of garments received in the finishing department

Preparing daily finishing section production report

Preparing the report of the surplus garment after shipment

Preparing report for damaged and rejected garments

Chase production department / washing department for sending garments.

Maintain floor discipline

Taking care of workers health and safety who are working in the finishing section

Planning overtime work hours in advance (If needed). And keeping records for employees doing OT hours work and daily total manhours spent on OT work. 

Keeping quantity check for outsourcing job work – like mending work, scalping work.


The above list is prepared considering overall activities to be done by finishing room supervisors. Remember, the job roles and responsibilities of a line supervisor can vary from factory to factory. If you are prepared with these roles, you can handle the finishing section very well.

Do you want to learn more about the garment finishing process. Read about the inline garment finishing method where all garments are finished at the end of the sewing lines. No separate finishing section is needed. 

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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