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How to be a head of production

This week Miles Wilson, junior consultant at Henry Fox Recruitment, tells you how to become a head of production at a fashion brand.

“In order to become a head of production with a boutique brand you have to be both passionate and driven, and you would usually have studied a fashion, technical or a fashion textiles degree at university with a six to 12 month industrial placement.

You would normally start at entry level as a production assistant supporting a team. Your duties will include maintaining the critical path, sample management and coordination, tracking purchase orders, monitoring quality control and ensuring all components are delivered in time and are correct to spec. Depending on the size of the business a production assistant would have a salary of £17,000 plus. 

A general career path would take you on to a production coordinator role and then into production management.

A production manager needs to be organised and methodical, as they would generally be juggling a number of orders and a number of seasons. Working with senior management you will be responsible for planning and organising the production strategy, negotiating and agreeing budgets, managing supplier relationships and collating and analysing each element of the production process. Depending on the product and countries of manufacture, you will also be responsible for lead times and how quickly you can turnaround samples and ranges.

Production can be a really rewarding career for candidates looking for a diverse and challenging career in fashion.

Salaries for this type of role range from £35,000 to £45,000.”

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