Production manager (manufacturing)

Production managers make sure manufacturing processes run smoothly and cost-effectively, and deliver products on time.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a Production manager (manufacturing)

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could complete a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in manufacturing. Courses at university often specialise in a particular industry, for instance food processing, motor vehicles or pharmaceuticals.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

More information


You could get into this career by starting as an engineering technician or quality control officer in a manufacturing company. You could then become a team leader and shift supervisor before moving into production management.

Direct application

You could apply for a place on a management training scheme with a manufacturing company. They usually ask for a degree but you may be able to start without university qualifications if you can show you've enough relevant industry experience.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your tasks will depend on what type of production you're managing and could include:

  • planning - preparing orders, setting quality standards and estimating timescales and costs
  • controlling - monitoring production schedules and adjusting them if problems occur
  • supervising - managing supervisors, organising staff and making sure targets are met
  • reporting - putting together production reports for factory managers and clients

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a factory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into overall factory management or strategic planning roles at regional or national level.

If you work for a large national or international company, you may have the opportunity to work overseas.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Experienced Sales Manager Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £157.50 - £293.63 Weekly
  • Location: Stoke-On-Trent ST4 2HG

Team Leader Level 3 - SALES

  • Wage : £230.00 Weekly
  • Location: Birmingham B11 2AA

Courses In England

Manufacturing Engineering, BEng

  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: London

Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship ( Level 2)

  • Provider: Blackburn College
  • Start date: 03 September 2019
  • Location: BLACKBURN

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