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Signs a Career as a Production Manager is for You

Signs a Career as a Production Manager is for You

Signs a Career as a Production Manager is for You

A Production Manager is responsible for ensuring goods are produced safely, on time and under budget whilst also meeting quality standards. Here are the signs you’d make a good production manager:


You have…


  • planning and organisation skills
  • the ability to work under pressure and multitask
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to act decisively and solve staff or equipment-related problems
  • the capacity to understand complex concepts easily
  • strong ICT literacy 
  • attention to detail to ensure high levels of quality
  • the ability to work in a logical, systematic manner
  • the ability to communicate clearly with clients
  • strong negotiation skills to get materials within budget.


You want to…


  • create a production schedule
  • source and order resources and monitor stock levels 
  • select equipment and take responsibility for its maintenance
  • set quality standards
  • ensure that production is cost-effective by estimating costs and agreeing on budgets with clients and managers
  • monitor the production processes and adjust schedules as necessary
  • ensure that health and safety guidelines are followed at all times
  • ensure customer orders are completed on time and to budget and that quality standards and targets are met
  • collect and analyse data, to produce reports 
  • supervise and motivate a team of workers
  • review worker performance and identify training needs.


You don’t mind…


  • shift work and unsociable hours
  • potentially working during weekends or bank holidays to address issues
  • Perhaps travelling between sites


Getting started


Entry without a degree is possible by first gaining experience in junior roles such as engineering technician or quality control officer. A qualification in one of the following subjects, however, is advantageous, depending on the relevance to the manufacturing company:

Some large companies have production/operations management graduate training schemes open to graduates with a range of degree subjects.

Work experience is useful to build skills and contacts and can be gained through a year in industry, offered by many courses, or work shadowing.

Membership with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport can provide you with useful resources and industry news.


Search all customer production management jobs on our vacancies page.


Article source: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/production-manager