Manufacturer of the Year Award – Greater than 50 Employees

You’re thinking about entering the Manufacturer of the Year – Greater than 50 Employees Category? Excellent!

Nominations are open for consideration of the Manufacturer of the Year – Greater than 50 Employees at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open until 30th August 2020. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is not sufficient.

HMA is interested in seeing initiatives that have been identified, driven, and resolved within our region (Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast).

Focus of the Category

This category recognises outstanding overall performance for a large firm in the manufacturing sector with 50 or more employees.  They will have a clear, focused strategy and an offer to the market that is recognised for its consistent high quality and sensitivity to customer needs.  They will have strong systems across the board, from production to safety, the environment and marketing.  Their people will be motivated, skilled and highly productive and will be recognised and rewarded for their efforts.  The winner will be an active participant in both the manufacturing sector and the broader community.

Additional Information

The threshold of 50 employees is based on the ASIC definition of a small proprietary company.

Note – Applicants may find that their application into the Manufacturer of the Year Award – greater than 50 employees category may also be a ‘fit’ for another category.

By adapting the information to fit the criteria of other categories you give yourself the opportunity for your product, process, etc. to be profiled in more than one sector.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc, may be included as an attachment to this application form and should be labelled clearly for the judges. E.g. Question 3 – evidence provided

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. If you are having issues with the size of your example files, please contact Carol McEwan on info@hma.org.au or call 0438 242 899 to make an alternate arrangement to send your file(s).

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. World Class Performance

Provide details of any export sales you have achieved.

3 / 50

Provide details of any international presence you have been able to establish and/or recognition of your products in the international sphere.

2 / 50

Provide details of any international accreditations relevant to your business and markets that you have achieved.

1 / 50

Provide evidence of how your products are achieving import substitution.

1 / 50

Describe your approach to managing quality in the business.  Do you have any ISO certifications?

1 / 50

If you have a systematic approach to benchmarking your business describe your methods

1 / 50

  1. Resilience Diversity and Flexibility

Describe your approach to establishing and sustaining a culture of innovation in your business that is able to consistently generate and develop new ideas into increased value for the business.

2 / 50

Describe initiatives that you have undertaken in conducting R&D projects.

1 / 50

Describe investments you have made in your business to ensure its ongoing success.

1 / 50

Describe examples of how you have quickly and successfully adapted to changes in market conditions.

1 / 50

Describe any initiatives you have undertaken to improve your supply chain and the results you have achieved.

1 / 50

Describe any initiatives you have undertaken to improve the diversity of your customer base and the results achieved.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives you have undertaken that strengthened the offer to the customer by adding additional value to the core product. For example, bundling services with the product.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives you have undertaken to increase flexibility in your manufacturing system.  Modularisation.  Quick change of product lines.

1 / 50

  1. Advanced Knowledge, Processes and Business Models

Describe initiatives that you have undertaken to strengthen the knowledge base of your business.  May include initiatives such as capability building or research projects.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives that you have undertaken that demonstrate smart use of technology, automation, acquisition or development of new equipment.

1 / 50

Describe any initiatives you have undertaken to create new business models.  May include strategies such as niche market development, service champions, linkages with other firms.

1 / 50

  1. Environmental Sustainability

Describe your efforts to reduce your carbon footprint or energy saving initiatives.

1 / 50

Describe any opportunities for your products or components thereof to be recycled or reused in any way?

1 / 50

Describe any initiatives that you have undertaken that have reduced waste in your business.

1 / 50

  1. Continuous Improvement Commitment

Describe initiatives that you have undertaken to strengthen your manufacturing capability.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives you have undertaken to improve the skills of your workforce.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives you have undertaken to review and improve the effectiveness of your marketing.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives you have undertaken that have created improvements in areas such as procurement, inventory management, or warehousing and logistics.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives you have undertaken that have delivered improved business systems.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives that have led to a measurable improvement in the health and safety of the workforce.

1 / 50

  1. Management Philosophy and Employee Engagement

Describe the framework you use to maintain your company’s values.  Do you have a values statement?  Do you have a Code of Conduct?  What is expected of leaders in creating a positive culture?

2 / 50

Describe initiatives you have in place to keep the workforce informed.  Information sessions.  CEO briefings.  Video updates.

1 / 50

Describe how you maintain a strong commitment to the health and safety of the workforce.

1 / 50

Describe your approach to workplace learning and ongoing development of your people.

1 / 50

Provide details of apprentices, trainees or cadets employed in your business.

1 / 50

Describe your approach to engaging with your workforce.  What strategies are in place to empower workers to take initiative and give their best.

1 / 50

Describe any initiatives in place to recognise and reward employees for good performance.

1 / 50

What do you do to foster a culture of respect for longevity of service?  Is there a structured recognition process in place?  Do the employees value it?

1 / 50

Provide details of any special incentives provided for outstanding performance or potential?  Overseas travel.  Study trips.

1 / 50

  1. Community Support and Involvement

Describe initiatives in place to foster research in your industry. University grants.  Special research projects.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives in place to sponsor community organisations or activities.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives in place to foster engagement with the education sector.  Schools, TAFE, University, Private Training Providers.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives in place to support employees to improve their general physical and psychological wellbeing.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives in place that aim to protect or improve and aspect of the local environment.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives in place to support local sporting organisations.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives in place to encourage and support workplace giving.

1 / 50

Describe any examples of strong personal community involvement by employees.

1 / 50

Describe initiatives in place to support the indigenous community.

1 / 50

Describe your involvement in industry organisations such as AIG or HunterNet.

1 / 50

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Please Register first before completing your application form. Registration takes 5 minutes and close 30th August 2020.

Follow the below link to start the registration process.

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