Assistant Production Manager

Job Description

  • In town position – home every day!
  • Competitive salary + Job Security + Annual Salary Reviews
  • Permanent Full-time Position




About the role


‘There’s a lot happening at Mackay Sugar, and we need great people to help us get it done’.



Mackay Sugar stands as a premier producer of raw sugar, steadfast in our commitment to delivering top-tier products while placing paramount importance on safety and sustainability. Our unwavering dedication extends to fostering a positive workplace environment for our valued employees, while we continuously strive for excellence in manufacturing practices.



Skills and Experience


Reporting directly to the Production Manager, the Assistant Production Manager plays a vital role in ensuring the efficient operation of our manufacturing processes. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of quality control within the manufacturing sector and will provide effective leadership and supervision to our operational team. This role requires meticulous attention to detail, a commitment to workplace health and safety standards, and a focus on environmental sustainability.



The preferred candidate should possess the following:


  • Tertiary qualifications in Engineering, Applied Science or Sugar Technology (preferred). Trades qualifications will be considered.
  • Minimum of 3 years knowledge and understanding of industrial processing
  • Demonstrated safety leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a Production and / or Manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to work in a team, develop employees and identify improvement opportunities.
  • Problem solving, proactive and energetic approach.
  • Ability to work a mixture of ‘shift and day work during the crush’



Preferred skills & experience:


  • Experience in and knowledge of environmental management systems and processes (preferred)
  • Knowledge and end experience in the operation of a raw sugar manufacturing process
  • Knowledge of ERP systems such as SAP
  • Working understanding and knowledge of industrial operations software (SCADA)

We seek a proactive leader who will actively pursue targets in safety, efficiency, throughput, quality, and plant utilization in alignment with the business plan.



 Mackay Sugar Benefits


  • Home Every Night / Permanent, Full-Time Employment
  • 5 Weeks of Annual Leave 
  • Combination of Shift Work on a Lifestyle Roster during Crushing season and Day Work with RDO's for the remainder**
  • Training and Development opportunities to maintain and expand your skill set
  • SWEET Deals across 500+ businesses
  • Free annual flu vaccinations
  • Short Term Housing Available for new residents**


In return, as an employee of Mackay Sugar you will enjoy the ability to be part of an exciting industry, in the beautiful Mackay region and enjoy the work life balance of being home every night.  Additional benefits such as career opportunities, training and development, access to discounted products and services in the Mackay region also come with being a Mackay Sugar team member.



About Mackay Sugar


Located in tropical North Queensland where a unique lifestyle can be blended with a progressive business, Mackay is home to Australia’s second largest sugar milling company, Mackay Sugar. With more than 140 years’ experience in raw sugar production and employing up to 800 people seasonally, Mackay Sugar is an iconic Australian brand that contributes significantly to our economy and community.


A member of the Nordzucker Group, Mackay Sugar is undergoing an exciting period of change and growth. Nordzucker is one of the leading sugar manufacturers in Europe and brings a network of global ideas, innovation and opportunities to Mackay Sugar.