Textiles Production ManagerJob Description:
Textiles production managers look after all stages of textiles manufacturing.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your day-to-day duties you could:
- work with design and sales teams, buyers and quality control departments
- visit factories to monitor production
- manage orders from retail and wholesale customers
- attend conferences and exhibitions to build contacts
- deal with suppliers in the UK and overseas
- set and check quality standards, prices and delivery times
- help to create and promote the brand
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- business management skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
To become a Textiles Production Manager, you should focus on subjects that provide a strong foundation in textiles and management skills. Here are the subjects and areas of focus that can be beneficial for pursuing a career as a Textiles Production Manager:
- Design and Technology: This subject is specifically tailored to textiles and can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of fabric types, production processes, and practical skills related to textiles.
- Business Studies: Business-related subjects can help you develop an understanding of management, operations, and finance, which are crucial skills for managing textile production processes.
- Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are essential for managing budgets, analyzing production data, and ensuring efficient production processes.
- Science: A foundational knowledge of science can be valuable for understanding the physical and chemical properties of textiles, quality control processes, and safety considerations in the textile industry.
- English: Effective communication skills are essential for documenting processes, conveying information within a team, and presenting ideas and proposals effectively.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computer software and technology is valuable, especially for tasks related to production monitoring, data analysis, and resource management.
- Textiles Technology: Some schools may offer specific courses in Textiles Technology, which can provide an even more focused education on textiles production and design.
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- textiles production
- production or manufacturing engineering
- fashion and textile management
- fashion and clothing technology
A degree which includes a year in industry will help you to gain practical experience alongside your qualification.
This may give you an advantage when applying for jobs after graduating.
You can do a textile technical specialist higher apprenticeship, or manufacturing manager degree apprenticeship.
You can work as a textile technologist or textile designer and move into management, first as an assistant manager, then as a production manager.
Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll need to have a full driving licence
Working Hours and Environment:
Your typical woking hours could be variable.
You could work in a factory or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be noisy and you’ll travel often.
Career Path & Progression:
You could move into senior supply chain jobs, business development or marketing.
You could also find work with companies that specialise in technical textiles, like carbon fibre and aerospace materials.