Helping you find a career in the production industry
Roles in industrial production are all about how manufacturing businesses go about making their products. Manufacturing is a wide sector, covering FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods, i.e. toiletries or laundry detergents), food and drink, pharmaceutical products, as well as fridges, washing machines, cars and even ships.
Production roles can focus on product design, manufacturing systems, quality management, or production management - supervising the whole manufacturing process. Essentially each of these areas is responsible for a different stage in the manufacturing process. While some roles may be more office-based, many roles in this industrial production will also involve spending a significant amount of time working with teams in factories and production facilities. Many roles in industrial production can be working in-house within manufacturing businesses or working in agencies or consultancies with a range of clients.
Product designers and engineers will work at early stages in the process, working within multidisciplinary teams to bring a new product to life, using a variety of different design tools (including CAD - Computer-Aided Design tools) to bring a product from a concept to a manufacturing spec. Depending on the nature of the product, you may also spend time speaking to customers and clients to understand what elements of a new product might, or might not, appeal to them.
Manufacturing systems engineers help design the manufacturing systems and processes in factories and assembly lines. A key element of these roles is to ensure that products can be made cost-effectively, efficiently and in the right volumes. In manufacturing systems engineer positions you will work with a number of different disciplines, from product design to marketing to sales, ensuring that the business's processes and systems are working in the right way for the business's commercial goals.
Quality technicians and managers' roles involve designing and implementing systems and procedures to ensure that an organisation's products are being manufactured to the required standard. Roles can be quite specialised based on the exact sort of products an organisation is manufacturing, and can involve working with legal, compliance or marketing departments, alongside working with teams on-site in factories.
Production managers will oversee the whole manufacturing process, ensuring that the manufacturing systems and processes are set up to produce the products to the right standards, in the right volumes and as efficiently as possible. Production managers will be involved in establishing the schedules for each stage in the manufacturing process, as well as making sure that the factory has the right staff and resources to manufacture products efficiently. You may also be involved in the product design phase, advising designers and engineers on the feasibility of manufacturing products.