Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Sinead Lew from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sinead Lew

Tax Manager

Irish Tax Institute

Read more

  Sinead Lew
I thought the job would solely be to compute an individual’s / company’s tax liability but it extends to so much more beyond that. You are not just solely a person or organisation’s tax advisor; you are a general business adviser helping them to make key business/commercial decisions.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
All Courses
PLC Progression Routes
PLC Points Calculator
CAO Points Calculator
CAO Video Guide

Barrow Training & Consultancy 
St. Angelas College Sligo 
Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education 
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Study Skills
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image

Production Manager - Manufacturing

Job Zone

Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€38k > 80 
Production Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€38 - 80 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Morgan McKinley

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Occupational Category

Functional Managers & Directors

Also included in this category:

Chief executives, senior officials and vice presidents of companies; elected officers and representatives (e.g. councillors (local government); members of parliament), production managers and directors in construction; managers (charitable organisations); research directors

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 7%
Aged over 55: 27%
Male / Female: 80 / 20%
Non-Nationals: 11%
With Third Level: 63%
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

Leads and manages a team of workers involved in a manufacturing production line.

Videos & Interviews header image

1Total Records: 1

Ann-Marie Holmes
Factory Manager - Fab 14  
Go to Interview  

The Work header image

Production managers plan how to make the best use of employees time and skills, and material resources, to increase the efficiency of production. They make sure that every order is completed on time and meets customers' requirements. They are employed in manufacturing industries and the details of the work vary according to the particular industry. They are also responsible for implementing quality control. They work closely with heads of sales, procurement and logistics.  
Most production managers have shopfloor responsibilities and office based duties. They often act as a link between shop floor managers and senior management. On a day-to-day basis, they ensure the smooth running of the production line, supervise staff and deal with any labour problems or machine failures.  
They check that adequate raw materials are in stock and that sufficient storage space is available for finished goods. Responsibility for enforcing safety procedures may also fall to the production manager. They need to make sure that all products stay within a specified budget.  
When planning future production, production managers think about the cost of raw materials, new product designs, anticipated staffing levels and technological developments. They use computers to aid the collection and analysis of data required for forward planning. Depending on the size of the plant the product manager may oversee the entire plant or just specific areas.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Enforce safety and sanitation regulations.


Direct and coordinate the activities of employees engaged in the production or processing of goods, such as inspectors, machine setters, and fabricators.


Confer with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments.


Plan and establish work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.


Inspect materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions.


Observe work and monitor gauges, dials, and other indicators to ensure that operators conform to production or processing standards.


Conduct employee training in equipment operations or work and safety procedures, or assign employee training to experienced workers.


Interpret specifications, blueprints, job orders, and company policies and procedures for workers.


Keep records of employees' attendance and hours worked.


Read and analyze charts, work orders, production schedules, and other records and reports to determine production requirements and to evaluate current production estimates and outputs.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Personnel and Human Resources:  Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have good communication skills, and it is essential that you can persuade and influence people. You need to have good motivational skills. You also need good customer service skills when dealing with clients.  
You will also need to have initiative and the ability to prioritise, make decisions quickly and set targets. Good problem solving skills are essential. You need a good standard of numeracy and the ability to apply forward planning techniques.  
There are often tight production deadlines, so it is important for you to work effectively under pressure. Understanding the techniques and processes of specific industries is important. Employers may prefer to recruit people with technical skills.  
In some sectors, production managers need technical knowledge and qualifications, for example, in engineering. You must keep up to date with new technologies.

Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..Applications Manager - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Manufacturing and Production Manager - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Production Manager - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Production Manager (Manufacturing) - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Production manager/planner - from:  GradIreland
Go..Production Team Leader - from:  iCould [UK] Video

Related Occupationsheader image

Job Search

Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database


Higher Ed & CAO Course suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.
Courses found: 1

Further Ed & PLC Course Suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.

Courses found: 6