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Working As An Associate Director, Quality Assurance

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $123,230

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Director, Quality Assurance Do

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

Duties

Industrial production managers typically do the following:

  • Decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant’s workers to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems

Industrial production managers, also called plant managers, may oversee an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production.

Industrial production managers are responsible for carrying out quality control programs to make sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. Often called quality control systems managers, these managers use programs to help identify defects in products, identify the cause of the defect, and solve the problem creating it. For example, a manager may determine that a defect is being caused by parts from an outside supplier. The manager can then work with the supplier to improve the quality of the parts.

Industrial production managers work closely with managers from other departments as well. For example, the procurement (buying) department orders the supplies that the production department uses. A breakdown in communication between these two departments can cause production slowdowns. Industrial production managers also communicate with other managers and departments, such as sales, warehousing, and research and design.

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How To Become An Associate Director, Quality Assurance

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and several years of related work experience.

Education

Employers prefer managers have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the degree may be in any field, many industrial production managers have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience take management classes and become a production manager. At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many industrial production managers begin as production workers and move up through the ranks. They usually advance to a first-line supervisory position before eventually being selected for management. Most earn a college degree in business management or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of a promotion.

Production managers who join a firm immediately after graduating from college sometimes work as first-line supervisors before beginning their jobs as production managers.

Some managers begin working at a company directly after college or graduate school. They may spend their first few months in training programs, becoming familiar with the production process, company policies, and safety regulations. In large companies, many also spend short periods of time working in other departments, such as purchasing or accounting, to learn more about the company.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Industrial production managers must have excellent communication skills so they can work with managers from other departments, as well as with the company’s senior-level management.

Leadership skills. To keep the production process running smoothly, industrial production managers must motivate and direct the employees they manage.

Problem-solving skills. Production managers must be able to identify problems immediately and solve them. For example, if a product has a defect, the manager determines whether it is a onetime problem or the result of the production process.

Time-management skills. To meet production deadlines, managers must carefully manage their employees’ time as well as their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

While not required, industrial production managers can earn certifications that show a higher level of competency in quality or management systems. The Association for Operations Management offers a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. The American Society for Quality offers credentials in quality control. Both certifications require specific amounts of work experience before applying for the credential, so they are generally not earned before entering the occupation.

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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.0 years
Top Careers Before Associate Director, Quality Assurance
Manager 5.9%
Director 2.4%
Top Careers After Associate Director, Quality Assurance
Director 4.1%
Manager 4.1%
Consultant 2.7%
Owner 2.1%

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Associate Director, Quality Assurance Demographics

Gender

Male

58.5%

Female

37.7%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

10.6%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Mandarin

12.5%

French

12.5%

Japanese

12.5%

Chinese

12.5%
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Associate Director, Quality Assurance Education

Schools

Temple University

8.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

8.8%

Syracuse University

5.9%

North Carolina State University

5.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.9%

Kaplan University

5.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.9%

Frostburg State University

5.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.9%

Michigan State University

5.9%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

5.9%

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

5.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

University of Florida

2.9%

Washington State University

2.9%

Saint Joseph's University

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.9%

University of Washington

2.9%

University of Rochester

2.9%

University of California - Santa Cruz

2.9%
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Majors

Business

19.1%

Biology

16.0%

Chemistry

13.8%

Chemical Engineering

8.5%

Pharmacy

7.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.3%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Psychology

3.2%

Veterinary Science

2.1%

Public Health

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Computer Science

2.1%

Clinical Psychology

2.1%

Biotechnology

2.1%

Nursing

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Linguistics

1.1%

Statistics

1.1%

Natural Sciences

1.1%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.5%

Masters

32.2%

Doctorate

8.5%

Other

6.8%

Certificate

5.1%
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Real Associate Director, Quality Assurance Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager/Associate Director, Quality Assurance Fibrogen, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 10, 2014 $155,000
Quality Assurance Associate Director Zimmer Trabecular Metal Technology, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Oct 29, 2015 $142,240
Associate Director, Service Quality Assurance Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Boston, MA Sep 22, 2015 $136,578 -
$165,183
QA Compliance Associate Director Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Sep 12, 2015 $126,444
QA Compliance Associate Director Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Mar 13, 2015 $126,444
Associate Director Quality Assurance Factset Research Systems, Inc. Norwalk, CT Oct 10, 2016 $125,000
Associate Director, Service Quality Assurance Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Boston, MA Mar 10, 2014 $125,000 -
$140,000
Associate Director-Quality Assurance Specialist Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Aug 08, 2016 $122,287 -
$144,545
Associate Director, Senior Quality Assurance Developer/Engin UBS Services LLC Weehawken, NJ Sep 09, 2016 $120,500 -
$132,000
Quality Assurance Associate Director Biomet Microfixation, LLC Jacksonville, FL Nov 15, 2016 $119,454
Associate Director, Quality Assurance Endpoint Clinical Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 02, 2016 $115,000
Associate Director, Quality Assurance Endpoint Clinical Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 09, 2016 $115,000
Quality Assurance Associate Director Zimmer, Inc. Warsaw, IN Sep 11, 2012 $115,000
Associate Director, Computer Systems Qa/Validation Pfizer Inc. Malvern, PA Jun 02, 2010 $114,373

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Top Skills for An Associate Director, Quality Assurance

  1. Product Quality
  2. Audit
  3. Quality Agreements
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  • Assured assigned (22) Annual Product Quality Reviews (APQR) were completed on-time and meeting requirements.
  • Performed internal, contract company and supplier audits to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Designed Quality Agreements for all critical suppliers to coordinate with Supply Agreements.
  • Provided quality oversight over contract manufacturing organization (CMOs).
  • Work continuously on improving the CAPA process, metrics and system globally.

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