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Production manager (manufacturing)

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become a production manager (manufacturing)

You can get into this job through:

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

University

You could do 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, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job by completing a process leader higher apprenticeship or a degree apprenticeship in manufacturing management.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start 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 through training and promotion.

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.

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Career tips

A knowledge of production methods and quality standards, for example ISO9000, will be helpful.

What it takes

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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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a production manager, you'll:

  • draw up production plans and set quality standards
  • monitor production schedules and adjust them if problems occur
  • manage the production team
  • work with suppliers to get parts and raw materials
  • make sure performance targets are met and waste is kept to a minimum
  • oversee the training and development of staff
  • write reports for senior managers and customers

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a factory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Courses In England

EAL L1 DIPLOMA IN ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING FT (LF)

  • Provider: CHESTERFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

Manufacturing Engineering - Level 3 Triple Diploma

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2022
  • Location: Blackpool

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