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Printing administrator

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths, 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.

2. Skills required

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

3. 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

4. Salary

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.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

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.

6. Career path and progression

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

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Last updated: 09 October 2018