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Production Manager

Take responsibility for the coordination and efficient output of a production chain.

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.

Production Manager

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.
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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Production Manager is between $100k and $120k
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How to become a Production Manager


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It’s not essential to hold a qualification to become a Production Manager, but it may be an advantage when seeking employment.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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How do Production Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 36 Production Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
4.1

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Oct 2018
Video production is mix of free creative and ordered technical detail.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts (Communication)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Livestreaming, WCAG, internal communications
The good things
I love my current job - being quite technical and perhaps just little less creative, being a studio manager means I get paid to research, write business cases for, and procure great toys, I mean tools...
The challenges
Increasingly over the last few years, there is an expectation especially for freelancers, to be a digital master of everything: design, camera, lighting, audio, photography, motion graphics, artwork,...
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Nov 2018
Production management produces satisfatcion!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Operations
The good things
If you like travel and diversity this is the industry for you. Something new lurks behind every corner and the role is very fluid. Work hours can be long and taxing but personal satisfaction is the ...
The challenges
Challenges include Long hours, difficult third party contractors, community consultation and staying on top of high staff turnover.
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Working hours for Production Managers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Production Managers?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
-0.3%
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Source: LMIP. Production Managers

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