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Manufacturing Job Roles & Salaries

Manufacturing Job Descriptions & Salaries

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Manufacturing Technical Specialist

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 25,000 – 35,000
  • 3-5 years: 35,000 – 45,000
  • 5+ years: 45,000+

Average U.S. salary ($) – 70,541

Average UK salary (£) – 39,000

Ideal background – Bachelor’s Degree in science or engineering field, experience within manufacturing (or scientific) environment advantageous.

Career path – Group Leader > Technology Manager > Technology Director

Manufacturing Operations Associate

Job description – Works in daily operation of the manufacturing process, conducts duties in line with company as well as external protocols and procedures. Will be involved in set-up of smaller equipment as well as troubleshooting issues if they arise.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 28,000 – 32,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 35,000
  • 5+ years: 32,000 – 45,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 52,500

Average UK salary (£) – 19,000

Ideal background – Bachelors degree in science or engineering field, experience within manufacturing (or scientific) environment advantageous.

Career path – Supervisor > Manufacturing Manager > Manufacturing Director

Technician (Manufacturing/Production)

Job description – Manufacturing pharmaceuticals and medical devices in a highly regulated environment of processes, products and assembly lines. Can also be involved with quality control procedures. The Technician performs chemical operations, testing, inspection, and cleaning duties on a variety of equipment used in the manufacturing plant. In addition, this role will be involved in carrying out subdivision, solid charge, distillation, filtration and pack-off activities, in accordance with safety and cGMP requirements. Maintaining proper cGMP compliant documentation and good housekeeping are also integral to this role.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 28,000 – 32,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 38,000
  • 5+ years: 38,000 – 50,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 63,140

Average UK salary (£) – 22,000

Ideal background – Operations experience within a related field advantageous.

Career path – Senior Technician > Supervisor > Production Executive

Assembler

Job description – Assembling finished product into packaging in line with site specifications and policies.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 28,000 – 30,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 35,000
  • 5+ years: 35,000 – 40,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 32,500

Average UK salary (£) – 16,000

Ideal background – Previous experience in a manufacturing environment is advantageous.

Career path – Senior Assembler > Production Supervisor > Production Manager

Chemical Process Technician

Job description – Performs chemical process testing to ensure chemical balance maintained for chemical operations, mixings solutions and materials in line with company standards. Operation and maintenance of chemical mixing equipment.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 28,000 – 32,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 38,000
  • 5+ years: 34,000 – 40,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 55,660

Average UK salary (£) – 28,000

Ideal background – High school level education, previous experience within chemical processing setting highly desirable.

Career path – Senior Chemical Process Technician

Packing Machine Operator

Job description – Operating an automated packing machine. Ensures product is correctly packaged, in line with site specification and procedures and ensures efficient ongoing line production.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 28,000 – 30,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 35,000
  • 5+ years: 35,000 – 40,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 32,189

Average UK salary (£) – 19,000

Ideal background – Previous machine operator experience highly desirable.

Career path – Senior Operator > Production Supervisor > Production Manager

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