The Production Manager will manage a wider production team as well as liaising with other departments such as Buying and Design. Being responsible for pricing and budgets, the post holder will work to maintain a rapport with existing suppliers, taking regular visits to factories, whilst also seeking out new suppliers. Along with other Senior Managers, the Production Manager will be involved at all stages of the critical path, in particular the buying and production stages. The Production Manager will have regular contact with customers with a view of gaining valuable feedback and developing customer relations. In some cases, the Production Manager will manage budgets but also have an input into product prices.
- Most employers will look for candidates with a relevant Degree in subjects such as Production Management, Business or Material Science/Technology. The relevance of the Degree will depend on the area of manufacturing. Whilst a Degree will increase your chances, other qualifications are available. In some cases, formal qualifications may not be necessary and this should be verified before application.
- Experience in an industrial environment will always be helpful, as it demonstrates a good understanding of the work environment. Employers will usually seek candidates who have past experience in a similar role, or who have relevant work experience.
- Key skills for this role would be good industrial knowledge, the ability to think logically and excellent communication/negotiation skills.
- Salaries for a Production Manager can range from around £30,000 to £60,000 depending on the size and turnover of the company. The level of experience is also a key indicator.