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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.

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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?
Average ratings calculated from 72 Production Managers surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.4
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
4.1

Job market trends for Production Managers
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Production Manager jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
3.8%
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Latest Production Manager reviews

Latest reviews from 65 Production Managers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
The best thing about being a production manager is you get to decide how you want to start and end your day.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Operations and Management Systems
The good things
It is very dynamic (not routine work). Always on the go due to the nature of the product we are making (produce and dispatch on the same day). It is multi-tasking giving you exposure on different as...
The challenges
You must know when to stop working. Creating boundaries between work and home or work and family is very important. Do no check emails when you are at home or on holidays. If it is an emergency, th...
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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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