Textiles production manager

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Textiles manufacturing manager

Textiles production managers look after all stages of textiles manufacturing.

Salary range: £22,000 to £66,000

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How to become a textiles production manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
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University

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

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can do a textile technical specialist higher apprenticeship, or manufacturing manager degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You can work as a textile technologist or textile designer and move into management, first as an assistant manager, then as a production manager.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in textiles production from The Textile Institute.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • business management skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

  • have a full driving licence
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may 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 to create and promote your brand

Working environment

You could work in a factory or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be noisy and you’ll travel often.

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Career path and 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.