What's it like to be a Production Manager?
A Production Manager is responsible for the efficient and timely processes and output of a production chain.
Tasks and duties
- Planning, coordinating and managing production schedules.
- Assessing resource requirements.
- Creating, negotiating and managing budgets and timelines with clients and stakeholders.
- Establishing and managing quality control standards.
- Ensuring health and safety regulations are met.
- Negotiating timelines and resources as necessary for projects as they change in scope.
- Monitoring output and adjusting resources and processes to reduce costs.
- Managing the maintenance and repair of production equipment.
- Supervising and training junior staff.
Production Managers plan, coordinate and control the production process to ensure the output is produced at the right cost in the right quantities at the right time.
Organised, logical, deadline-driven and with an ability to see the big picture, Production Managers can often be found working in the food, manufacturing, engineering and printing industries.
What can I earn as a Production Manager?
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How to become a Production Manager
- Entry-level applicants may begin their production careers as trainees, or find roles as production supervisors and work their way up by taking on more responsibility.
- Some industries may require you to have a qualification specialising in that area, such as business management, mechanical, electrical or production engineering, science or communications. Check the requirements of the kind of jobs available in the industry you want to work in.