Production manager (manufacturing)

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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
  • Brewing
  • Food products
  • Textiles
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • 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.

Working conditions

Hours

You could expect to work 37 to 40 hours a week. This may involve shiftwork or on-call duties to deal with out-of-hours problems.

Environment

Although you would have your own office, you would spend a lot of your time on the factory floor, discussing day-to-day issues with supervisory staff and workers. You would wear protective clothing in production areas.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Taking the lead
  • Presenting to people
  • Using computers
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Planning and organising
  • Time management
  • Working with numbers
  • Making decisions

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

You would need a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7), a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8), or a degree (SCQF level 9/10) generally in:

  • Technical
  • Engineering
  • Or management-centred subjects

Or relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Industrial Application (SVQ level 2) or Management (SVQ level 3/4/5).  

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science and technologies subjects such as engineering science
  • Business management

Helpful to have

A postgraduate qualification (SCQF level 11) in management or in a subject relevant to the industry you to which you are applying.