Production Manager
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2 months ago

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.
  • Entry requirements

    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
  • food technology
  • purchasing and materials management
  • quality assurance.
  • Secondary education

    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.

    Personal requirements

    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

    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.
  • Registration

    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.

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