Production Manager Kaiwhakahaere Whakaputa

Production managers organise and control the production process in a factory. They ensure that products are made to the right specifications and are ready on time and within budget.

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.

To specialise as a technical manager, a diploma or degree in an area relevant to the industry you work in, such as engineering, is preferred.

To specialise as a quality manager, it is recommended you complete a Certificate or Diploma in Quality Assurance.

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.

Personal Qualities

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.

Subject Recommendations

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 can earn around $60K-$120K per year per year.

Production managers may progress into general management roles or take up a similar position in another industry.

They may also specialise in an area of production such as:

Production Planner
Production planners help ensure their factories run smoothly by working out timetables and keeping necessary supplies in stock.
Quality Manager
Quality managers are responsible for ensuring products meet relevant quality standards and legislation, for setting up quality assessment systems, and improving product quality.
Technical Manager
Technical managers are responsible for the quality and performance of technology in the workplace.

 

Production Manager