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Textiles production manager

Textiles production managers look after all stages of textiles manufacturing.

Annual Salary

£24,000 to £68,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

39 to 41 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm; on shifts

3.4%
Future employment

There will be 3.4% more Textiles production manager jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in a factory or in a workshop.

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

You can get into this job through:

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

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.

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.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

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Further information

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

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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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

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