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Textiles production manager Textiles manufacturing manager

Textiles production managers look after all stages of textile manufacturing.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £65,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in a relevant subject like:

  • textiles production
  • production or manufacturing engineering
  • fashion and textile management
  • fashion and clothing technology

You could move into production management after working as a production assistant or production technician.

Creative Skillset has more information about becoming a textiles production manager.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • planning and organisational skills
  • leadership skills
  • budgeting skills
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

You'll make sure production runs smoothly, profitably and to high standards. You'll work with a wide range of textiles, from industrial materials to fashion and interior design fabrics.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • working with design and sales teams, buyers and quality control departments
  • visiting factories and managing orders from retail and wholesale customers
  • attending conferences and exhibitions to build contacts
  • dealing with suppliers in the UK and overseas
  • setting and checking quality standards, prices and delivery times
  • helping create and promote your brand

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000 to £30,000

Experienced: up to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £40,000 to £65,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. You may be on call for out-of-hours problems or to meet production deadlines.

You'll spend time in an office. You’ll also spend time in a factory, working with staff and supervisors. You might travel overseas to manage the supply of raw materials from other countries.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move to senior supply chain jobs, business development or marketing.

You could also find jobs with companies that make technical textiles like carbon fibre and aerospace materials.

You could set up your own textiles production company.

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Last updated: 13 April 2017