To become a textiles manufacturing manager, you typically need an undergraduate degree in textiles or management (ideally, a field that combines both), combined with work experience in roles of progressive responsibility in areas that relate closely to the development and production of textiles, such as product technology, manufacturing, quality control, sourcing, design, or a similar area.
If you want to become a textiles manufacturing manager, you first need to determine if this career path is a good fit for your skills, interests and personality traits. If the following description sounds like you, then you’re probably well suited for a career in textiles manufacturing management:
• You have an understanding of the features, design, construction and components of textiles
• You have knowledge of manufacturing and management processes
• You are seen as trustworthy, accountable and responsible by others
• You are skilled at managing your own time, and the time of others
• You enjoy directing the work of others
• You have a customer-oriented approach to work activities
• You are able to recover quickly after change, disruptions, or mistakes
Textiles production managers are responsible for overseeing all stages of the textiles manufacturing process. They must work with domestic and international suppliers and customers to agree on quality standards, price, delivery times and ethical production issues.
Textiles production managers must ensure that production operates smoothly, cost-effectively and that the final product is finished within the guidelines agreed upon with suppliers and customers.
Although generally the responsibility of a Logistics manager, textiles production managers may also be responsible for the management of supply chains extending across several countries.
If you want to work as a textiles manufacturing manager, you will be expected to have knowledge, skills, competencies and experience in manufacturing, management and textiles.
For this reason, you typically need a bachelor’s degree in a field related to textiles or management, supplemented with work experience, if you want to become a textiles manufacturing manager.
In order to become effective in a career as a textiles manufacturing manager, and perform your job duties with competence, you need to posses a certain set of managerial skills and product-specific knowledge, including:
• Able to carefully manage the time of employees
• Able to direct and motivate employees
• Able to work effectively with managers from other departments
• Able to immediately identify problems and solve them
• Able to effectively evaluate technical capabilities of manufacturing and development team
• Able to determine if defective products are a one-time issue, or the result of a production process flaw
• Able to increase efficiency of manufacturing practices, in partnership with other departments
• Understanding of the features, design, construction and components of textiles
• Extensive knowledge in fibers, polymer sciences, yarns, finishing, chemicals and machinery (as applicable)
• Ability to spot trends, as they relate to the product type
Textile manufacturing managers are generally employed on a full-time or contractual basis by the following types of organizations:
• Fabric manufacturers
• Clothing design and manufacturers
• Housewares design and production companies (such as furniture, draperies, etc.)
• Technical textiles manufacturers (companies that produce textiles for industry, such as carbon fibre)
• Manufacturing consulting firms