Owen H is Manufacturing Manager at Johnson Matthey, where they produce catalysts and filters for cars. He is a scientist who has spent his career in research and manufacturing at Johnson Matthey. This has included a spell of five years working in their plant in Brussels. "I loved working overseas. It was a challenge, but it was a great time to do it because I was quite young... I was fortunate that my girlfriend at the time, who's now my wife, was able to come directly from University as well, and we both went into it quite naive." Now they have a young family and being able to provide for them is very important to him.
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Production managers and directors in manufacturing plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources necessary for production in manufacturing industries including the maintenance of engineering items, equipment and machinery.
There are no pre-set entry standards. Entry is possible with either a degree or equivalent qualification, and/or relevant experience. On-the-job training is provided and professional qualifications are available, as are S/NVQs in Management at levels 3 to 5.
- Liaises with other managers to plan overall production activity and daily manufacturing activity, sets quality standards and estimates timescales and costs
- Manages production to ensure that orders are completed to an agreed date and conform to customer and other requirements
- Monitors production and production costs and undertakes or arranges for the preparation of reports and records
- Oversees supervision of the production line and its staff, ensures targets are met.
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