Career outlook for production manager (manufacturing)
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would organise the people and processes in a factory so the production lines run smoothly and efficiently.
You’d work closely with supervisors and maintenance staff to:
- Plan the work
- Set targets
- Check the finished products meet quality standards
- Ensure that processes are cost-effective
- Deliver the goods on time.
You could work in all types of manufacturing, for example:
- Vehicle assembly
- Food products
- Building materials
You would need to do planning, prepare orders, set quality standards and estimate timescales and costs.
You’d control the production process, monitor production schedules and make adjustments if problems occur.
In addition, you would manage the production line supervisors, organise staff and make sure the targets are met.
Factory managers and clients would expect to get production reports from you. You would also work closely with company buyers, suppliers, quality control, training departments and health and safety managers.
Having a good knowledge of health and safety regulations would be very important. You’d also need to keep up to date with quality standards for manufacturing.
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