As a production manager, you'll be involved with the planning, coordination and control of manufacturing processes. You'll make sure goods and services are produced efficiently and that the correct amount is produced at the right cost and level of quality.
As a production manager, you'll need to:
Oversee the production process, drawing up a production schedule;
Ensure that the production is cost effective;
Decide what resources are required;
Draft a timescale for the job;
Dstimate costs and set the quality standards;
Monitor the production processes and adjust schedules as needed;
Be responsible for the selection and maintenance of equipment;
Monitor product standards and implement quality-control programmes;
Liaise among different departments, e.g. suppliers, managers;
Work with managers to implement the company's policies and goals;
Ensure that health and safety guidelines are followed;
Supervise and motivate a team of workers;
review worker performance;
Identify training needs.
You'll be involved in the pre-production (planning) stage as well as the production (control and supervision) stage. A large part of the job is dealing with people management.You may also be involved with product design and purchasing.
A foundation degree, HND or degree in the following subjects may increase your chances of securing a job:
electrical and electronic engineering;
You will need to have:
planning and organisation skills to be able run and monitor the production process;
the ability to act decisively and solve staff or equipment-related problems;
the capacity to grasp concepts easily;
ICT literacy to deal with various technologies and programmes;
attention to detail to ensure high levels of quality;
the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively with your team, managers and clients;
strong negotiation skills for getting materials within budget and at the right time;
the ability to work under pressure and motivate others to meet tight deadlines;
the ability to work in a logical, systematic manner.