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.

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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Manufacturing Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£51,140 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £51K
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Manufacturing Manager 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.”

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.”

Manufacturing Supervisor
18 Apr 2019

“It was such an awesome place to work for before the political stuff came on board.”

International Flavors & FragrancesInternational Flavors & Fragrances
Manufacturing Senior Team Lead
2 May 2019

“There are unlimited opportunities to really craft the type of career that you want. the culture is nothing less than impressive both personally and professionally.”

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"”

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