- A creative and varied role in textile manufacturing
- You'll need planning, organisational, leadership, budgeting & IT skills
- Could lead to senior supply chain jobs, business development or marketing
As a textile production manager your job would be making sure production runs smoothly, profitably and to high standards. You could work with a wide range of textiles, from industrial materials to fashion and interior design fabrics.
- Working with design and sales teams, buyers and quality control departments
- Visiting factories
- Managing orders from retail and wholesale customers
- Attending conferences and exhibitions to build contacts
- Dealing with suppliers in the UK and overseas
- Setting and checking quality standards, prices and delivery times
- Helping create and promote your brand
You may spend some of your time in an office and some of your time on the factory floor and you may need to be on call for out-of-hours problems or to meet production deadlines.
You might also travel overseas to manage the supply of raw materials, or production from other countries.
To get into this job you could start by doing a HND, foundation degree or degree in a relevant subject like textiles production, production or manufacturing, engineering, fashion and textile management, or fashion and clothing technology.
Or you could do a manufacturing manager degree apprenticeship.
You'll also need good planning and organisational skills, leadership skills, budgeting skills, IT skills.
Alternatively you could start out as a textile technologist or textile designer and move into management, first as an assistant manager, then as a production manager.
With experience, you could move to senior supply chain jobs, business development or marketing.
You could also find jobs with companies that make technical textiles like carbon fibre and aerospace materials, or you could set up your own textiles production company.