Bottom Line: What does a supervisor usually do? What does it mean to be the first line manager of a team if you have one or more supervisors under you whose only job is to "manage the people"
A new management structure is being proposed that includes a supervisor role. We're a software development company. This is an idea from a new VP who is asking for feedback. My director passed on some brief descriptions. But it says that the supervisor is daily assignments, coaching/mentoring the people on the team - but not reviews or any kind of corrective feedback. There could be more than one reporting into a manager. The manager is responsible for the product strategy to implement the vision, the budget and delivering the product. They said specifically that the supervisor not the manager would have the 03's. Then there are Directors who may have several products but could only have one.
I'm a little confused. I've had team leads but never a supervisor. Those leads often did the technical day-to-day assignments for their area like development, testing, etc. I've known supervisors but they were always individual contributors as well. My team only has around 15 but some of the teams are around 20-40. What they've done before now is had multiple managers who coordinated together. Mostly the manager was based on location but it could be a special area of a product. With this, there would be one manager and the others would be supervisors.
I'm trying to be open. But it seems odd. I'd have a hard time doing feedback and reviews with this system. Am I just missing something or closed to how other companies do this?