Product ManagerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends
Production managers oversee the production process of an organization. They coordinate production activities, which typically include planning worker’s schedules, preparing budgets, and making sure the right resources are available to meet required deadlines. Production managers work with other managers to understand company needs, identify objectives, and clarify requirements. They organize resources and ensure that production runs smoothly and meets all production requirements and deadlines.
Production managers should be well versed in production procedures and best practices. They must have excellent leadership skills, strong problem-solving skills, and they must be able to meet quality standards while staying within all health and safety guidelines. They are responsible for monitoring production and addressing all issues that may arise. A good understanding of budgeting and tracking production metrics is required, as is proficiency with MS Office and ERP software. Production managers must be able to efficiently manage people and production to optimize the production process.
Sample job description #1
This position is responsible for managing daily operations of the Production Department; ensuring the plant meets established safety, quality, and production goals in compliance with all applicable legal and food safety requirements.
Manages and directs activities of the production department, ensuring product adheres to ABC Company’s standard of safety, quality, and throughput
Collaborates with the planning department to create production schedules that meet both internal and external needs. Establishes and adjusts work procedures and schedules to meet production plan
Maintains effective working relationships with team members through open communication, visibility, and involvement to promote a positive working environment that maximizes safety, employee engagement, productivity, and throughput
Provides direction to supervisors on team member coaching and development, employment decisions, and resolving issues through conflict resolution. Hires, trains, coaches and reviews performance of team members. Partners with Human Resources for recruitment, corrective actions, and terminations
Collaborates with Maintenance Department leadership to plan preventative maintenance on the production lines
Analyzes and submits reports for production numbers, downtime, attendance, overtime, and quality checks to the Plant Director
Collaborates with the Plant Director and Planning Department to develop the Production Department budget and forecast
Develops, recommends, and implements measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product
Develops capital equipment justification for machine upgrades and process technology to improve quality, cost, and cycle time
Suggests changes in working conditions and use of equipment to increase efficiency of department personnel
Interfaces with multiple departments within in the organization to ensure customer deadlines are met
Collaborates with plant leadership to champion a world-class safety culture
Adheres to the highest standards of company and plant safety programs, guidelines, rules, and regulations
Abides by ABC Company’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) and Food Safety Standards at all times
Collaborates with raw material planners to ensure correct inventories based on production schedules. Escalates supplier quality issues to prevent customer shortages
Partners with the Quality Department to prevent and resolve Non-Conforming Finished Goods and Non-Conforming Raw Materials
Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the job
Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice
6 Years – Experience in Field or similar manufacturing environment
6 Years – Experience in Position
4 Years – Experience managing people/projects
10+ Years – Experience in Field or similar manufacturing environment
10+ Years – Experience working in Position
6 Years – Experience managing people/projects
This position embodies the values of ABC Company’s LIFE competency model, focusing on the following key drivers of success:
Lead Like an Owner:
Manages a safe working environment, accurately documents safety related training, and effectively communicates safety incidents
Provides strategic input and oversight to departmental projects
Makes data driven decisions and develops sustainable solutions
Skilled in reducing costs and managing timelines while prioritizing long run impact over short term wins
Makes decisions by putting overall company success first before department/individual success
Leads/facilitates discussions to get positive outcomes for the customer
Makes strategic decisions which prioritize the needs of the customer over departmental/individual goals
Continuously evaluates existing programs and processes, and develops new initiatives to increase efficiency and reduce waste
Creates, monitors, and responds to departmental performance metrics to drive continuous improvement
Communicates a clear vision, organizes resources effectively, and adjusts the strategy as needed when managing change
Find a Way:
Demonstrates ability to think analytically and synthesize complex information
Effectively delegates technical tasks to subordinates
Works effectively with departments, vendors, and customers to achieve organizational success
Identifies opportunities for collaboration in strategic ways
Empowered to be Great:
Makes hiring decisions primarily based on culture fit and attitude, and secondarily based on technical expertise
Engages in long term talent planning
Provides opportunities for the development of all direct reports
Understands, identifies, and addresses conflict within own team and between teams
Sample job description #2
Who are you?
Passionate and motivated. Driven, with an entrepreneurial spirit. Resourceful, innovative, forward thinking and committed. At ABC Company, our people embrace these qualities, so if this sounds like you then please read on!
The Production Manager is responsible for the on-stage, backstage, show settlement, and other technical details of concerts and events at Live Nation-operated venues and third party venues including theatres, clubs, stadiums, and arenas in the local market and surrounding areas.
What this role will do
Coordination between tour/private production and venues. Advancing and obtaining presale technical information, including production needs, rider requirements, staging, and capacity changes
Interface with local contractors (vendors) and tours, clients renting ABC Company venues and venue production teams when ABC Company is a client at a venue for all show requirements, including stagehands, runners, security, casual labor and rental equipment, with an emphasis on quality, reliability, and cost
Day of show management of concert/private events from load in to load out, with an emphasis on customer (artist/client) service, adherence to time schedules, sound restrictions, and cost containment
Show settlement, artist and vendor payments on events
ABC Company representative at scheduled shows for business unit and production and show settlement responsibilities for non-Amphitheater shows in market, as directed
Coordinate and manages approved subcontractors and third party vendors to ensure safe, efficient, and successful events
What this person will bring
Combination 4 plus years experience as Production Manager, promoter rep, or event coordinator
General knowledge of venue operations preferred
Possess strong organizational, communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills with attention to detail/problem solving skills
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast paced environment
Be a self-motivated individual who possesses a “roll up the sleeves attitude” and a “hands-on” style, as well as the aptitude to thrive in a fast-paced, results oriented environment
Ability to travel as schedule dictates
Flexible Schedule (days/nights, late hours, weekends, and holidays)
Implementation and execution of all Live Nation policies, procedures, and programs
Must work well under pressure/Even tempered
Ability to make clear concise decisions; sometimes with limited information
Computer proficiency in Windows applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
ABC Company’s policy regarding vaccinations and masking will evolve based upon updated regulations and factors related to COVID-19. Currently, we strongly encourage employees to be fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID test within 24 hours of entering an office.
Sample job description #3
Here’s what you’d do
You’d be the secret sauce for client satisfaction, providing quality, cost-effective services by scheduling and directing personnel and resources efficiently. You’d also support the Account Manager in estimating and budgeting as needed, helping ensure profitability and exceptional outcomes for every account.
You’d be responsible for
Performance & Quality:
Coordinating materials, people, equipment, and subcontractors to ensure job site quality meets ABC Company standards
Inspecting properties prior to scheduled service to develop an appropriate action plan, and performing hands-on work as needed
Addressing issues before they arise by proactively monitoring irrigation systems and areas with the potential for disease or insect problems
Ensuring the proper maintenance, storage, and use of branch equipment
Coordinating with the Branch Administrator to ensure branch databases contain current client information
Ordering materials as needed, and monitoring costs and deliveries
Working with the Account Manager to identify staffing needs, perform hiring duties, and prepare daily crew schedules
Developing and reviewing growth plans for employees, and providing counsel and discipline
Providing crew member training, including proper equipment operation, pruning techniques, safety, and quality standards
Implement safety best practices and monitor branch safety record
You might be a good fit if you have
A minimum of 2 years of experience in the landscaping industry or local marketplace
A minimum of 1 year of prior experience in a supervisory role
A 2 year degree or more in a landscape-related field or certification by a landscape association
And while not mandatory, it would be great if you also have
The ability to coach and develop teams
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a product manager is $80,100 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
New York City, New York
Sample interview questions
What is the role of a product manager?
What was your most successful product as a product manager?
What are the steps to conducting user research?
What strategies do you use for product development?
What is the best way to manage a product from conception to launch?
How do you evaluate user satisfaction with your product?
What are the qualities of a successful product manager?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
What is your biggest failure as a product manager? What did you learn?
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