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Helping you find a career as a Production manager (manufacturing)

Although your tasks will vary based on the area in which you specialise, general responsibilities will include:

  • Organising staff

  • Ensuring targets are met

  • Adhering to quality standards

  • Communicating with customers and other professionals

  • Managing production line and schedules

  • Collating data into production reports

  • Dealing with problems

What skills and interests should an Production manager (manufacturing) have?
To be a successful production manager, you will need to have an interest in understanding manufacturing processes. You will also need:
- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Flexibility
- Health and safety
- Mathematical ability
- Problem Solving
- Project Management
- Verbal Communication
- Written Communication
What hours does a Production manager (manufacturing) typically do?
Production managers typically work between 37 and 40 hours a week, which often involves working shifts including late nights and weekends. On top of this, production managers are often on call out of hours in case any problems arise.
What environment is a Production manager (manufacturing) based in?
An office and on the factory floor.
How much does a Production manager (manufacturing) travel?
Depending on the type of company you work for, travel will generally be limited to travelling between the company’s different sites (usually within the UK, but perhaps across Europe).
How much does a Production manager (manufacturing) get paid?
The average entry level salary for a production manager is between £18,000 and £24,000 a year, rising to between £25,000 and £40,000 once a certain level of experience has been gained.

At the very top, managers with overall responsibility for their project can expect to earn in excess of £45,000 a year.
What qualifications does a Production manager (manufacturing) need?
There are no official education requirements, and there are pathways into the field for both school and university leavers.

For those leaving school, the main pathways are to work your way up through the company, often beginning as a production operative, or apply to an apprenticeship scheme.

For those leaving university, graduates will typically apply for a company’s fast track management training scheme.
Useful subjects to study at school & university

  • Manufacturing

  • Engineering

  • Maths / Economics / Business


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