A Production Manager is mainly responsible for overseeing the creation of the food product for the manufacturing plant. Therefore, they are responsible for scheduling employees and managing the workloads. This is to ensure they hit the output figures of the production plan.
Production Managers work shifts with their teams. They will manage the output figures of the line and shift are met or exceeded. They search for ways to improve the manufacturing process and make it more efficient.
To be a successful, you must have a strong understanding of the technical nature of food production. Strong in quality checks and people management
An important part of their role is maintaining safety among employees and in the workplace. Production Managers ensure that all safety protocols are followed by all workers.
The Production Manager is on the front line. The success or failure of the plant, is often in their control. They must inspire and create a good working environment for the production staff to operate in.
Given the importance of the position, extensive experience is required. They must be able to train other employees. They may be required to obtain or hold specific certifications, depending on the type of plant.
The role is highly pressurised as you will be expected to keep production lines moving at optimal speeds. Experience is highly valuable for a food Production Manager. The more experience you can bring to the role, the higher salary you are likely to command. Similarly, larger companies usually reflect larger salaries.
Production Manager Pay Scale
According to PAYSCALE
“An entry-level Production Manager, with less than 1-year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of £30,165 based on 13 salaries.
An early career Production Manager with 1-4 years of experience, earns an average total compensation of £31,964 based on 291 salaries.
A mid-career Production Manager, Manufacturing with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £36,201 based on 270 salaries.
An experienced Production Manager, with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £40,007 based on 303 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £40,392”
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I’m an independent owner of Food Recruit. Passionate about the Food & Drink industry having spent time as a Supply Chain Manager and Business Development Manager for two of the UK’s largest meat importers. High Care, Low Care, Chilled and Ambient I have worked across all markets including B2B, Foodservice, Wholesale and Retail.
I fell into recruitment in 2016 to start a Food & Drink desk in a long standing Engineering Recruitment business in the West Midlands. Progressing on to Business Development Manager covering multiple markets before starting my own agency in September 2020.