How to write a Production Manager job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Production Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Production Manager job titles

    Production Manager
    Senior Production Manager
    Manufacturing Production Manager
    Production Supervisor
    Production Control Manager

Production Manager job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Production Manager job summary

Our glassware company needs a motivated, highly organised Production Manager to join our team. Do you love to make lists and organise your office? Are you passionate about systems, symmetry and productivity? If so, we want to talk to you. Our company needs someone to create effective policies and procedures to ensure our manufacturing department operates at peak efficiency. We’re looking for an experienced Production Manager who doesn’t mind putting in long hours and working with employees to constantly improve our output. We’ll offer excellent benefits and a competitive salary to the right candidate.

Production Manager responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Production Manager responsibilities

    Manage and evaluate machine resources to ensure productivity and minimal downtime
    Oversee a workforce of 1,000+ employees in the manufacturing department
    Strive to reduce expenses and increase productivity across all product lines
    Ensure all employees follow industry standard health and safety guidelines
    Set ambitious production goals and communicate them to key personnel
    Provide motivation, support and guidance to all employees
    Communicate any problems or obstacles to senior management
    Establish workflow policies that enhance speed and efficiency without compromising product safety or integrity
    Create schedules for employees to ensure optimum staffing levels

Production Manager qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Production Manager skills

    5+ years’ experience in manufacturing operations
    2+ years’ experience in a supervisory capacity
    Bachelor’s degree required
    Excellent project management skills
    Proven track record of successfully training employees in productivity and safety
    Working knowledge of Safe Work Australia and EPA regulations
    Ability to coach and mentor employees on a one-on-one basis as well as as a group

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