2019 Industrial and Automotive Salary Guide

Bruce Zhou January 23, 2019 5 mins read

Expected salary ranges in 2019 for Industrial and Automotive professionals in Shanghai.

Contents:
Sales & Marketing | Research & Development | Operations & Manufacturing | Supply Chain
Commentary on Industrial and Automotive Roles and Remuneration in Shanghai for 2019

 

Basic Salary Per Month (¥‎)

Industrial & Automotive

Sales & Marketing
ROLE Low High
 
Sales Director 40,000 100,000
Sales & Programme Director 45,000 110,000
BD Director 40,000 100,000
BD Manager 22,000 45,000
IAM Sales Director 45,000 100,000
Programme Director 45,000 90,000
Marketing Director 45,000 100,000
Sales VP 80,000 170,000
Sales Engineer 8,000 16,000
Account Manager 15,000 22,000
Product Manager 18,000 28,000
IAM Channel Sale Manager 15,000 30,000
IAM Product Manager 18,000 28,000
Application Engineer 15,000 25,000
Key Account Manager 25,000 35,000
OES Sales Manager 25,000 35,000
IAM Regional Sales Manager 20,000 35,000
Programme Manager 20,000 32,000
Application Manager 20,000 30,000
Customer Service Manager 20,000 28,000
Field Technical Service Manager 20,000 28,000
Marketing Communication Manager 20,000 35,000
Marketing Intelligence Manager 20,000 35,000
Digital Marketing Manager 22,000 40,000
Dealer Marketing Manager 20,000 35,000
Pricing Manager 22,000 35,000
PR Manager 20,000 30,000
 
Research & Development
R&D
ROLE Low High
 
Vp / Engineering Vp 90,000 120,000
Director / Engineering Director 50,000 90,000
Manager / Engineering Manager 30,000 55,000
Product Development Manager 25,000 40,000
Chief Engineer 40,000 110,000
Senior Product Engineer 21,000 35,000
Product Engineer 12,000 22,000
Project Director 45,000 70,000
Project Manager 22,000 35,000
Advanced Engineering Manager 23,000 33,000
Advanced Quality Manager 23,000 33,000
Advanced Quality Engineer 15,000 22,000
Advanced Manufacturing Manager 20,000 30,000
Advanced Manufacturing Engineer 15,000 22,000
Application Director 35,000 50,000
Application Manager 20,000 30,000
Application Engineer 15,000 20,000
Testing Manager 20,000 35,000
Lab Manager 20,000 33,000
Testing Engineer 13,000 18,000
Material Engineer 13,000 20,000
Hardware Engineer 13,000 20,000
Software Engineer 19,000 30,000
System Engineer 15,000 25,000
Calibration Engineer 13,000 25,000
NVH Engineer 15,000 22,000
Optical Engineer 15,000 20,000
 
Operations & Manufacturing
ROLE Low High
 
Operation Director, HQ 45,000 120,000
Engineering Director, HQ 40,000 100,000
Operation Excellence Director, HQ 45,000 90,000
Quality Director, HQ 45,000 120,000
Supply Quality Director, HQ 45,000 90,000
Lean / Six Sigma Director, HQ 45,000 90,000
EHS Director, HQ 45,000 90,000
Plant Manager / Plant GM 55,000 120,000
Operation Director, Plant 40,000 65,000
Operation Manager 30,000 50,000
Production Director 40,000 65,000
Production Manager 20,000 30,000
VSM Manager 22,000 35,000
Engineering Director, Plant 30,000 55,000
Engineering Manager 23,000 35,000
Process Engineer 13,000 18,000
Manufacturing Engineer 13,000 18,000
Industrial Engineer 13,000 18,000
Lean / Six Sigma Manager 21,000 35,000
Facility Manager 21,000 35,000
Equipment / Maintenance Manager 20,000 35,000
Mechanical Engineer 13,000 18,000
Electrical Engineer 15,000 20,000
Quality Director, Plant 35,000 55,000
Quality Manager 25,000 40,000
Process Quality Manager 22,000 30,000
Process Quality Engineer 13,000 18,000
Customer Quality Manager 22,000 30,000
Customer Quality Engineer 13,000 18,000
Quality System Manager 22,000 33,000
Quality System Engineer 13,000 20,000
Supply Quality Manager 25,000 35,000
Supply Quality Engineer 15,000 23,000
EHS Manager 20,000 30,000
EHS Engineer 15,000 20,000
 
Supply Chain
ROLE Low High
 
Supply Chain Director 55,000 120,000
Supply Chain Manager 25,000 45,000
Purchasing Director 55,000 110,000
Purchasing Manager 25,000 40,000
Commodity Manager 20,000 35,000
Project Purchasing Manager 22,000 35,000
Project Purchasing Engineer 18,000 25,000
Sourcing Manager 20,000 35,000
Sourcing Engineer 15,000 22,000
Cost Estimator 18,000 30,000
Senior Buyer 13,000 20,000
Indirector Purchasing Director 35,000 60,000
Indirector Purchasing Manager 20,000 35,000
Logistic Manager 20,000 35,000
Logistic Supervisor 18,000 25,000
Trade Compliance Manager 25,000 33,000
Warehouse Manager 18,000 28,000
S & OP Director 55,000 120,000
Planning Manager 25,000 45,000
Demand Planning Director 40,000 60,000
Demand Planning Manager 22,000 30,000
Supply Planning Director 40,000 60,000
Supply Planning Manager 22,000 30,000
Customer Service Director 50,000 80,000
Customer Service Manager 18,000 30,000
 

Commentary on Industrial and Automotive Roles and Remuneration in Shanghai for 2019

2018 Trends in Automotive & Operations Recruitment in Greater China

2018 was an interesting year for the operations and automotive sector. On the automotive side, we saw huge demand for talent in all engineering-related positions from the industry’s newly arrived players – new energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturers.

For NEV manufacturers that successfully launched products, 2018 was a prosperous and exciting year. However, for those companies yet to release products or facing delivery delays, the past 12 months were full of challenges, particularly as NEV manufacturers continued to be heavily scrutinised by the media on their financial well-being, delayed delivery and negative feedback from customers.

The auto industry’s new players began to stir up the traditional automotive market in all aspects, including recruitment. New ideologies, organisation structures, sales channels and salary packages are all impacting hiring trends and the demand for talent. Many of the industry’s most experienced talents are taking a leap of faith to join these newly arrived companies even before they have a complete design.

On the operations side, while Q1 and Q4 remained quiet as candidates waited out bonuses, we witnessed explosive growth in the recruitment market in Q2 and Q3. Many candidates are keen to join NEV manufacturers over traditional vehicle or automation companies, yet remain cautious when switching to these newer players. Hiring managers showed a preference for candidates with well-rounded skills sets, global working experience and supply chain management skills.

In-demand Roles, Skills and qualifications for Automotive & Operations Professionals

Engineering positions relating to electric vehicle core technologies were most in demand for 2018, from new-on-the-scene startups to established OEMs. The roles in highest demand related to traction and electric motor control, battery control, the Internet of Things and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) /Autonomous Driving.

On the operations side, as companies wrangled with global resource and cost-optimisation, senior talents with a focus global sourcing were in high demand. We also saw continued demand for well-experienced talents in supply chain and quality management. Overall, salary increments remained steady, at around 20-30% for those switching companies.

Workplace Trends Impacting Automotive & Operations in Mainland China

China’s new energy business, from electric vehicles to wind farms to solar power, has heavily relied on favourable government regulation and policies. In the last decade, the government has published policies promoting the electric vehicle industry including government reimbursement, tax reductions for end customers and newly designated industrial areas for manufacturers. In 2018 a number of new policies were announced which could signal the administration’s plan to introduce more regulations to the industry, particularly for companies that are yet to bring a complete product to market but occupying important resources.

2018 saw an increased desire for workplace flexibility from candidates across the automotive and operations industries. Employers are steadily becoming more open-minded towards flexible hours, work-life balance and promoting a positive company culture to attract talent in this job-seeker market.

What Does the Future Hold for Automotive & Operations? Predictions for 2019 and Beyond

New Energy Vehicles in China will continue to thrive in 2019 and we expect hiring in the market to continue. New technologies such as fuel cells will join the game to compete with battery-powered electric vehicles in specialist applications such as commercial vehicles. More infrastructure to support these new technologies will be developed, and become open to testing, including autonomous driving, hydrogen stations, fast charge and battery swapping stations – which could all lead to new recruitment avenues.

Advice for candidates in the market:

In operations, the next 12 months will see global purchasing and logistics management staff in the highest demand. While the latest technologies will begin to transform the operations sector, we do not expect to see huge disruptions to the industry. Advice for clients is to remain open-minded when hiring and to look across the full spectrum of industry to find talent with the right backgrounds and experience. Advice for job seekers is to carefully weigh up the pros and cons of a position and to avoid jumping into a role based on salary and title alone.

Bruce Zhou's picture
Senior Manager | Industrial & Life Science Recruitment
bzhou@morganmckinley.com