Production manager or director in manufacturing

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.


  • Oversees supervision of the production line and its staff, ensures targets are met.
  • Monitors production and production costs and undertakes or arranges for the preparation of reports and records.
  • Manages production to ensure that orders are completed to an agreed date and conform to customer and other requirements.
  • Liaises with other managers to plan overall production activity and daily manufacturing activity, sets quality standards and estimates timescales and costs.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 25% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for production manager or director in manufacturing is £39,998

7,676 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 7,676. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for production manager or director in manufacturing roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £39,998 per year. That is about £3,333 per month or £20.51 per hour. New workers generally start on £19,531, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £87,214

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 7,676 people are employed in the region.

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