What does a Manufacturing Manager do?

Manufacturing managers are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the manufacturing process, either for an entire facility or for a specific department. They supervise staff, plan and approve production schedules, approve invoices, and manage budgets. They establish and enforce policies, and ensure all staff are meeting quality standards while also maintaining safe working conditions. They analyze and optimize processes to identify ways to improve efficiency and increase productivity. They may also negotiate with vendors and contractors.

Manufacturing managers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree, although an advanced degree is a plus. They often have a background in business, logistics, or a related role. They must have strong leadership skills and be able to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Manufacturing Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£51,002 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £51K
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Manufacturing Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Manufacturing Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Manufacturing Manager Insights

Read what Manufacturing Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
13 Jan 2020

“I was begged to work for Sanofi as a contractor and the actual training was horrible.”

Senior Manager GMP Manufacturing
28 Sep 2021

“Good opportunities to learn on the development (R&D) part of the company in Thousand Oaks.”

Sonoco ProductsSonoco Products
ELP Manufacturing Associate
19 Nov 2019

“The Emerging Leaders Program is a great way to start your career with plenty of growth opportunity.”

Nestlé Purina U.S.Nestlé Purina U.S.
25 Jul 2021

“The pay is pretty good I guess but not worth it anymore like it was years ago.”

Associação Fundo de Incentivo à Pesquisa (AFIP)Associação Fundo de Incentivo à Pesquisa (AFIP)
Manufacturing Associate
15 Jan 2021

“Good place to work and friendly”

W. L. Gore & AssociatesW. L. Gore & Associates
19 Dec 2019

“Medical is a good benefit because you will need it for all the surgeries you will need do to the repetitive nature of the job.”

Stratasys Direct ManufacturingStratasys Direct Manufacturing
9 Oct 2019

“the pay wasn't the best but it was a fun place...now it's just a place where the pay isn't the best"”

GE AviationGE Aviation
Senior Manufacturing Projects and Initiatives Manager
12 Jul 2020

“Great product and the majority of people are really good to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a manufacturing manager

When working as a manufacturing manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Good Time Management, Maths, Written Communication, Attention To Detail and English.

The most similar professions to manufacturing manager are:
  • Design Engineer
  • Piping Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a manufacturing manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.