Production Manager How to Hire, Salary Data, and Job Descriptions

Do you enjoy making things lean and efficient? Do you strive to make sure things get done on time and under budget? If you enjoy handling all aspects of efficiency and operation, being a production manager might be right for you.

Production managers use their expertise in both managing people and removing the day-to-day hurdles that lead to inefficiency. From motivating staff and setting goals to determining scheduling and ordering equipment and developing workflow policies, the product manager does it all.

Production managers will need to be able to act as liaisons between their team and upper management while keeping their team running efficiently and safely. They’re excellent communicators and can accurately forecast and anticipate delays and inefficiencies. Optimizing their workplace for safety and efficiency is this position’s main goal, which allows their team to work to their full potential.

Sample job description #1

Essential functions

  • 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 times
  • 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


  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • 6 Years – Experience in Field or similar manufacturing environment
    • 6 Years – Experience in Position
    • 4 Years – Experience managing people/projects
    • Understanding of production processes and controls experience may include a combination of work experience and education
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • 10+ Years– Experience in Field or similar manufacturing environment
    • 10+ Years – Experience working in Position
    • 6 Years – Experience managing people/projects experience may include a combination of work experience and education

Sample job description #2

The job

The Production Manager is responsible for the on-stage, backstage, show settlement and other technical details of concerts and events at ABC Company-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
  • Live Nation 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 ABC Company policies, procedures, and programs
  • Must work well under pressure and remain even tempered
  • Ability to make clear concise decisions; sometimes with limited information
  • Computer proficiency in Windows applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent references
  • 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
  • Operations:
    • 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
  • Personnel:
    • 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
  • Safety:
    • 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 production manager is $101,000 per year in the United States. Salary will vary based on market, industry, and company size.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$100,450$135,900
Los Angeles, California$113,300$153,300
Denver, Colorado$94,450$127,750
Washington, DC$115,050$155,650
Miami, Florida$94,000$127,200
Orlando, Florida$86,700$117,300
Tampa, Florida$87,550$118,450
Atlanta, Georgia$91,850$124,300
Chicago, Illinois$105,600$142,850
Boston, Massachusetts$114,200$154,500
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$91,000$123,100
New York City, New York$120,200$162,600
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$97,900$132,400
Dallas, Texas$95,300$128,950
Houston, Texas$94,450$127,750
Seattle, Washington$109,900$148,650
National Average$85,850$116,150

Sample interview questions

  • What processes do you use to determine your department’s budget for a particular job?
  • How do you handle deadlines?
  • What are some examples of cost-cutting you’ve done?
  • In the past, how have you handled disputes between staff?
  • What’s your method of quality control?
  • What are your methods for forecasting and planning staff scheduling?
  • How do you handle a difficult staff member?
  • Have you had to overcome a major setback in your previous job? How did you work around it?
  • Have you had to convince your team to do a job they were reluctant to do? How did you achieve this?
  • Describe a time in which you implemented an improvement in a process. What was its impact?

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