Operation Managers – With continued focus on reducing costs and improving processes across manufacturing businesses, candidates with demonstrated experience in this area are sought by companies working in the Australian market.
Production Managers – Production Managers that have dual trades have been particularly sought after as companies try to reduce numbers. Dual skills and hands-on experience are key to success in these roles.
Quality Managers – Demand for these managers has increased as smaller manufacturing firms are pitching for business with major retailers and need to be up to speed on compliance.
Mechanical Fitters – These professionals are sought after as it is a key time of the year to ensure production is maximised.
Engineering Managers – Mechatronic Engineers are invaluable in the current market where multiple skills are required to design and win new business in specialist areas.
Service Technicians – With an increase in production there is an increase in workload placed on machinery. Therefore there has been an increase in the need for maintenance trades people to work on machines when they break down. Companies cannot afford to have machines down for too long during busy periods.
Quality Assurance – With the major retailers demanding very stringent SQF, WQA or BRC standards, manufacturers have to ensure that their quality standards are up to scratch to avoid losing valuable business. We have seen a demand in quality roles as even small and medium manufacturers have to adhere to these measures in order to supply to the highly competitive retail market.
Candidates at the senior end of the spectrum are beginning to have confidence in moving positions, which in turn creates more opportunity. Candidates that demonstrate the ability to improve efficiency are sought after. There still is a need for skilled candidates in regional locations.