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Leading Hand Jobs

Leading Hand Jobs

How to Enter

To improve your chances of securing a role as a Leading Hand in the Trade & Industrial sector in New Zealand, it’s recommended to have several years’ experience in a supervisory role. Holding a trade qualification, such as Certificate in Carpentry, can also be greatly beneficial.

Typical Responsibilities

The typical responsibilities of a Leading Hand can include some or all of the following:

  • Assisting, guiding and training factory or work site personnel

  • Managing work site or factor in Manager’s absence

  • Conducting quality control of work

  • Maintaining factory or site equipment and machinery

  • Providing administration and training functions

  • Ensuring Health & Safety policies are being adhered to


Given enough experience, a Leading Hand could progress their career into management and take on a Site Manager, Factory Manager or General Manager role. They could also choose to further specialise in their field and work as a consultant or specialist.

Salary Range

38K – 50K per annum (NZD)