Production Managers are generally based in an office or on the factory floor of a food processing plant. They supervise large groups of factory workers and also deal with suppliers, contractors, customers and members of the public.
If you enjoy working with people then a career in Production Management could suit you. Employers are looking for managers who are: friendly and patient; organised and good at planning; good at decision-making and problem-solving; excellent at communicating; able to lead people; able to work well under pressure and deal with conflict. It would be useful to have experience in the in the industry you want to work in, as well as experience in a factory or office, and some management and engineering experience.
Production Managers will do some or all of the following tasks: work with factory management and staff to set production goals and budgets; work out the most efficient methods for producing goods; order materials and supplies; write reports on production results and audit productions systems; set quality standards and check these are being maintained; meet and liaise with customers; human resource and staff management, and much more.
A Production Manager will generally work 40+ hours a week, and these hours may include shift work.
Chances of Employment:
Due to the economic recession and the closure of some factories, there’s not a high demand for these roles currently.
Production Managers earn anywhere from $45,000 to $100,000+ a year depending on the individual responsibilities and the scale of the production they are managing.
Useful subjects include maths, science, english and computing.
Tertiary qualifications such as engineering, manufacturing technology may be required by some employers, but a lot of the skills are learnt on the job. You will need to have experience working in a factory, in a supervisory role especially.