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Production manager

Are you a trained general or chemical engineer? Do you have extensive production experience? Find out what a production manager does.


Production managers are responsible for one or more manufacturing units, which supply finished products in compliance with quality standards and lead-times, as well as cost, safety and environmental requirements.

They orchestrate the plant’s operations, ensuring smooth production and the orderly provision of support services such as maintenance, analysis and logistics. They must also be attentive to the requirements of their internal and external customers.

Main duties

  • Manage a team of 25 to 60 people, depending on the process, usually working in shifts.
  • Ensure that the production schedule meets quality, lead-time and cost requirements.
  • Ensure the safety of staff, equipment and the neighborhood, and that operations comply with environmental requirements.
  • Ensure that equipment undergoing maintenance is made safe.
  • Ensure that operating instructions and quality assurance documents are updated and followed.
  • Ensure that people are motivated and efficient in order to maintain high-level team performance.
  • Help to improve the facility’s productivity and operating conditions.
  • Help to foster greater synergy between Production, Maintenance and Inspection.

Required skills

  • Proficiency in chemical engineering and conducting reactions.
  • Managing people and equipment.

Education and experience

General or chemical engineering degree, significant experience as a process engineer or technical operations assistant, or in a production support division.

Career development

  • Head of production department
  • Head of operational unit
  • Industrial manager
  • Plant manager


The role of our Production professions is to manufacture our products under optimal safety and environmental conditions, while meeting our customers’ expectations.

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