Highly effective Communication Skills
There is no denying that you cannot be a strong leader without having highly effective communication skills and any aspiring Production Manager will need to display this at interview stage. A Production Manager will need to effectively communicate business goals and targets to his/her team and ensure that these goals and targets are effectively communicated throughout the entire team. If targets are not being met, then it is the Production Manager’s responsibility to identify why this is happening through communication with everyone involved. We recommend having a couple of examples of when you displayed strong communication skills when meeting with a hiring manager in an interview.
Strong Knowledge of Manufacturing Standards
If you’re interested in a role in food, pharma or the medical device industry, it is extremely important that you have a strong knowledge of either GMP/ISO/FDA standards (pharma/medical devices) or BRC Food standards. A Production Manager will need to cultivate and implement performance measures to ensure production standards are met and knowledge of the organisation’s industry standards are therefore essential. If this is an area that you are lacking in, the good news is that there are a variety of training providers in Ireland that offer courses and certifications in these standards and practices. Upskilling is seen as highly attractive to a potential employer, they will see you are taking initiative to continuously growing your knowledge of the industry.
Excellent Leadership Skills
In many cases, a Production Manager will be responsible for leading teams in fast paced and busy production environments, therefore excellent leadership skills are a must. Providing clear direction to supervisors, team leaders and operatives as well as having the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently is essential in being a successful Production Manager. You will need to motivate staff in high pressure situations to ensure production targets are met while maintaining the company’s quality standards. In an interview, it is almost a guarantee that a hiring manager will ask about your leadership skills. Be sure to have examples of situations where you successfully led and motivated teams as well as a time when you had a difficult situation or relationship with a subordinate.
Exceptional Organisation Skills
Managing large teams of staff on multiple projects while maintaining quality standards is no easy task and as a result, having exceptional organisation skills is another key requirement for a successful Production Manager. Hiring managers are always keen to ask potential employees about examples of when they have displayed strong organisation skills. Be sure to have examples of when you have managed multiple projects at the same time and effectively prioritised your work to ensure that key objectives were met. The ability to work under pressure and motivate others to meet deadlines is an essential requirement of a strong Production Manager.
Excellent Understanding of Health & Safety Procedures
It is no surprise that Production Managers have to have a strong knowledge and understanding of the latest health and safety policies and procedures. A busy manufacturing environment must have the very best practices in health and safety in order for the production areas to be safe for employees to work in. Unfortunately, accidents can happen on-site, and you will be responsible for minimising the possibility of them occurring. Similar to certifications in manufacturing practices and standards, a qualification in health and safety would give you a significant advantage when applying for a Production Manager role. This qualification could make you stand out from the crowd in the selection process.
Powerful Negotiation Skills and Tactics
Negotiation is a key factor when aiming to become a successful Production Manager. Powerful negotiation skills and tactics are very important when working in a production environment as you will be dealing with your team, managers, clients and suppliers all whilst working within tight deadlines and budgets, a hefty task for anyone! A good negotiator can close the best deals, improve supplier relationships, sustain competitive advantage and manage conflicts effectively. It is a good idea to have some examples of how you have successfully negotiated in the past when going to your Production Manager interview, as the hiring manager will be sure to ask you about it.
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Get in touch with our Technical Team today to discuss your future career as a Production Manager:
Joanne Foley | Dublin | 01 4690901 | LinkedIn
Michéal Curley | Midlands & West | 09064 90485 | LinkedIn
Gareth Morris | Midlands & West | 09064 90485 | LinkedIn
Patricia Deane | South East | 059 913 9070 | LinkedIn
John O’Donnell | South East | 051 353825 | LinkedIn