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Printing administrator

Printing administrators work in the production process of the printing, packaging and graphics industry.


Arts, Crafts and design

Average annual salary

£18,000 to £35,000

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Entry Requirements:

You'll need GCSEs (A* to C) in maths, English, science, art and IT, or equivalent qualifications.

Supervisory management or printing industry experience would be helpful.

You could also complete a print-related qualification at college or with a local training provider.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The British Printing Industry Federation (BPIF) has more information about careers in this area.

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Required Skills:

You'll need:

  • IT skills
  • good eyesight with attention to detail and colour
  • 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
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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
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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.

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Working Hours:

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.

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Career Path:

With experience, you could move into supervisory, departmental management and general management roles.

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