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Manufacturing Managers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Manufacturing Managers plan, direct and control the production activities of the company, and take charge of the overall manufacturing programmes to ensure the maintenance of specified standards of quality, efficiency and economy. Their duties include establishing details of production activities in terms of output quality and quantity, cost, time available and labour requirements; monitoring the operation of production plant and quality procedures through planning of maintenance, designation of operating hours and supply of parts and tools; preparing and managing budgets, controlling production output and cost, and adjusting processes and resources to minimise cost; and implementing regulatory and statutory requirements that affect manufacturing operations and the environment.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Trade Specific Competencies

Technical and managerial skills

Manufacturing Managers must be able to apply specialist knowledge of machinery, processing or engineering operations, as well as perform a high level of organisational, planning and time management skills.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Normally have a bachelor's degree in business administration or industrial engineering.  Holders of relevant higher diplomas can articulate to related degree programmes. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience may become a manufacturing manager.


  • at least 3-5 years' relevant experience is required

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$110,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Manufacturing Managers work in the production area and a nearby office. They may work night or weekend shifts and may be on call to deal with emergencies at any time.


  • Computers with production management software

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