Trevor H is a Shift Manager at Spicers, an office supplies wholesaler. But he started off qualifying as a toolmaker, then became a design draughtsman. But he realised he enjoyed his casual work in pubs more than his day job, so he became a publican. He managed various pubs for about ten years until his wife persuaded him to do something more settled. He chose stock audit, in the pub business at first and then for Spicers. Now he's trying out managing a shift in the warehouse. But he has never lost interested in the practical skills. He has just finished a two year apprenticeship in carpentry at night school and in his spare time he is restoring a 16th century farmhouse.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionProduction 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.
QualificationsThere 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.