the ability to lead a team and take the initiative
excellent organisational and problem-solving skills
maths skills for certain tasks
a flair for design and finished appearance
What you’ll do:
Your day-to-day duties may include:
using computer software to price jobs, and managing orders and invoices
stocktaking and negotiating to buy materials from suppliers
checking and agreeing artwork or designs
supervising orders through the preparation, printing and finishing stages
coordinating different print runs to make the best use of machinery, staff and resources
solving problems in the production process
making sure work is finished to deadlines and to budget
developing new business opportunities and looking after existing customers
providing general admin support
Starter: £18,000 to £20,000 Experienced: £21,000 to £25,000 Highly Experienced: up to £35,000 (senior administrators)
You could get extra payments and allowances for overtime and shiftwork.
These figures are a guide.
40 hours per week
In buying or sales, you'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. In production control you may work shifts, including nights. When working in a production area you'll normally be expected to wear safety clothing.
You could work in a small print workshop, or a larger automated factory production area. You may have to travel to meet customers or visit suppliers so you may need a driving licence.
With experience, you could move into supervisory, departmental management and general management roles.
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What you'll do
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