Production managers usually earn between $60,000 and $120,000 a year, depending on their qualifications, experience, responsibilities, the number of people they manage, and the size of the factory they work in.
Source : Hays, 'Hays Salary Guide', 2016.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Production managers may do some or all of the following :
work out what materials, supplies and equipment are needed to meet production goals
set production goals, timetables and budgets, and ensure these goals are met
order materials and supplies
evaluate the production process, and write reports on production results
help maintain, test and improve equipment, and make decisions on when to repair or replace equipment
plan and develop new products or production processes
assist with professional development and training of production staff
meet and liaise with customers
oversee safety standards in the factory.
Skills and knowledge
Production managers need to have :
financial and budgeting skills
analytical skills, to interpret information and figures
a good awareness of employment relations laws.
Production managers :
work regular business hours or do shift work, which may include nights and weekends
are usually based in an office or on the factory floor
may work in conditions that are hot and noisy
may travel locally or nationally to meet new customers or suppliers.
To become a production manager you need to have experience working in a factory, preferably in a supervisory role.
Employers may also prefer you to have a diploma or Bachelor's degree in one of the following areas (depending on the industry you work in) :
engineering or manufacturing technology
purchasing and materials management
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a production manager. However, maths with statistics and / or calculus, chemistry, processing technologies, business studies and English are useful.
Production managers need to be :
friendly and patient
organised, and good at planning
good at decision-making and problem-solving
excellent at communicating
good at leading people
able to work well under pressure, and deal with conflict.
Useful experience for production managers includes :
experience in the industry that you want to work in
management or engineering experience
work in a factory or office.
Production managers can choose to gain certification through the NZ Association for Operations & Supply Chain Professionals (NZPICS) Incorporated, which offers modules in all aspects of production management and planning.