- Work in the production process of the printing, packaging and graphics industry
- You'll need IT skills, good eyesight, attention to detail and colour and a flair for design and finished appearance
- You could progress into supervisory, departmental management and general management roles
- Using computer software to price jobs and managing orders and invoices
- Stocktaking and negotiating to buy materials from suppliers
- Checking and agreeing artwork or designs
- Supervising orders through the preparation
- Printing and finishing stages
- Coordinating different print runs to make the best use of machinery, staff and resources
- Solving problems in the production process
- Making sure work is finished to deadlines and to budget
- Developing new business opportunities and looking after existing customers
- Providing general admin support
In buying or sales, you'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. In production control you may work shifts, including nights. When working in a production area, you'll normally be expected to wear safety clothing. You could work in a small print workshop, or a larger automated factory production area. You may have to travel to meet customers or visit suppliers, so you may need a driving licence.
This role would be ideal for someone with good IT skills, good eyesight with attention to detail and colour, the ability to lead a team and take the initiative, excellent organisational and problem-solving skills, maths skills for certain tasks, and a flair for design and finished appearance.
You'll need GCSEs in maths, English, science, art and IT, or equivalent qualifications.
Supervisory management or printing industry experience would be helpful and you could also complete a print-related qualification at college or with a local training provider.
Alternatively, you could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
With experience, you could move into supervisory, departmental management and general management roles.