Textiles production manager

Alternative titles for this job include Textiles manufacturing manager

Textiles production managers look after all stages of textiles manufacturing.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter

to

£65,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm on shifts

How to become a textiles production manager

You can get into this job through:

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

University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • textiles production
  • production or manufacturing engineering
  • fashion and textile management
  • fashion and clothing technology

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

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Apprenticeship

You can do a manufacturing manager degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a degree apprenticeship

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Work

You can work as a textile technologist or textile designer and move into management, first as an assistant manager, then as a production manager.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in textiles production from The Textile Institute.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • business management skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a driving licence

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • working with design and sales teams, buyers and quality control departments
  • visiting factories and managing orders from retail and wholesale customers
  • attending conferences and exhibitions to build contacts
  • dealing with suppliers in the UK and overseas
  • setting and checking quality standards, prices and delivery times
  • helping to create and promote your brand

Working environment

You could work in a factory or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be noisy and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

You could move into senior supply chain jobs, business development or marketing.

You could also find work with companies that specialise in technical textiles, like carbon fibre and aerospace materials.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a textiles production manager right now.

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Courses In England

Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles GCE

  • Provider: William Farr CofE Comprehensive School
  • Start date: 02 September 2020
  • Location: LINCOLN

A Level Fashion and Textiles

  • Provider: Invicta Grammar School
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Maidstone

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