Printing administrators work in the production process of the printing, packaging and graphics industry.
1. Entry requirements
You'll need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths, science, art and IT, or equivalent qualifications.
Supervisory management or printing industry experience would be helpful.
You could also complete a print-related qualification at college or with a local training provider.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
The British Printing Industry Federation (BPIF) has more information about careers in this area.
2. Skills required
- IT skills
- good eyesight with attention to detail and colour
- the ability to lead a team and take the initiative
- excellent organisational and problem-solving skills
- maths skills for certain tasks
- a flair for design and finished appearance
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- using computer software to price jobs, and managing orders and invoices
- stocktaking and negotiating to buy materials from suppliers
- checking and agreeing artwork or designs
- supervising orders through the preparation, printing and finishing stages
- coordinating different print runs to make the best use of machinery, staff and resources
- solving problems in the production process
- making sure work is finished to deadlines and to budget
- developing new business opportunities and looking after existing customers
- providing general admin support
Starter: £18,000 to £20,000
Experienced: £21,000 to £25,000
Highly Experienced: up to £35,000 (senior administrators)
You could get extra payments and allowances for overtime and shiftwork.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
In buying or sales, you'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. In production control you may work shifts, including nights. When working in a production area you'll normally be expected to wear safety clothing.
You could work in a small print workshop, or a larger automated factory production area. You may have to travel to meet customers or visit suppliers so you may need a driving licence.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into supervisory, departmental management and general management roles.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017
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