Introduction to the Apprenticeship
The broad purpose of a manufacturing manager is to oversee the manufacturing process to make sure that performance output meets customer expectations while remaining cost-effective. This will include planning manufacturing schedules, monitoring operations, and quality assurance.
Manufacturing Managers may work for organisations of all sizes while overseeing an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production. This may include producing one or multiple products, products of high or low value, bespoke items, or items produced at scale. Production may be within a fast-paced environment, for example production of sandwiches with a short shelf life. Products may be sold to consumers in the UK and/or exported abroad.
The manufacturing industry is also increasing becoming more automated, making it an innovative environment to work in. Manufacturing managers will often spend time in the production area and an office, and may be required to work shifts over a 24-hour basis, weekend shifts, and be on call to deal with emergencies.
In their daily work, Manufacturing Managers may work closely with manufacturing personnel and managers from other departments, for example, commercial, marketing, research and design, technical, quality, human resources, and engineering. They may also interact with customers, and may be responsible for management of manufacturing personnel, budgets, manufacturing equipment, and the manufacturing facility. They are ultimately responsible for the manufacture of safe goods in a safe environment.
Typical job roles include: Factory Manager, Operations Manager, Production Manager, Manufacturing Manager, Business Unit Manager, and Site General Manager.
Apprenticeship End Point Assessment