Reports to: General Manager or Chief Executive

Supervises: Overall production department

Main objectives: Ensure that product of acceptable quality is produced on time at minimal cost in accordance with agreed production schedules.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Exercise direct supervision over supervisors/forepersons with respect to production volume, cost and quality of production in meeting production schedules and delivery dates.
  • Recommend operating plans, budgets and capital additions to the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer.
  • Ensure that all budgets are achieved in the most cost effective and efficient manner including reducing manufacturing costs where appropriate.
  • Ensure that all areas of the plant are operating efficiently and that maintenance schedules are followed.
  • Establish the controls necessary for the achievement of production efficiency and/or optimising yield and product quality. Forecast labour requirements and recommend equipment or layout changes, improvements in production methods or materials handling procedures.
  • Co-ordinate the implementation of occupational health and safety requirements.

Typical qualifications and experience: Tertiary qualifications in engineering or an associated discipline or practical experience in coordinating complex assignments.

This position does not include a manufacturing manager who has full control over a manufacturing business unit.