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Become A Continuous Improvement Manager

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Working As A Continuous Improvement Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Continuous Improvement Manager Do

A Continuous Improvement Manager initiates and facilitates lean improvement programs and activities. They ensure that progress is maintained on an ongoing basis.

How To Become A Continuous Improvement Manager

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


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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Continuous Improvement Manager Career Paths

Continuous Improvement Manager
Director Of Quality Plant Manager
Director Of Continuous Improvement
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Director, Procurement
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager, Procurement
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Business Unit Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Senior Technician Specialist
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Managing Partner
Regional General Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director President Of Operations
Senior Vice President-Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Value Stream Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Value Stream Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Continuous Improvement Manager Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • French

  • Carrier

  • Hindi

  • Italian

  • Turkish

  • Cherokee

  • Venetian

  • Greek

  • Russian

  • Sanskrit

  • Thai

  • Gujarati

  • Arabic

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Real Continuous Improvement Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Business Improvement Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Farmington, NM May 21, 2012 $160,000
Continual Service Improvement (CSI) Manager Ipsoft Incorporated New York, NY Jul 10, 2016 $144,233 -
Continuous Improvement Manager & Lean M-I LLC Aka M-I Swaco Houston, TX Mar 01, 2011 $131,280
Continuous Improvement Manager Stockpot, Inc. Everett, WA Jul 30, 2015 $128,726
Continuous Improvement Specialist Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, USA, LLC Columbus, IN Oct 25, 2016 $126,500
Regional Continuous Improvement Manager Eaton Corporation Southfield, MI Oct 27, 2015 $126,235 -
Continuous Improvement Manager-ANA Eaton Corporation Marshall, MI May 01, 2013 $121,514 -
Continuous Improvement Analyst Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Houston, TX Sep 07, 2014 $120,000
SR. Continuous Improvement Manager Johnson Controls, Inc. El Paso, TX May 15, 2015 $111,197 -
Continual Service Improvement (CSI) Manager Ipsoft Incorporated New York, NY Oct 17, 2016 $111,091 -
Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager Valerus Field Solutions LP Sweeny, TX Apr 03, 2014 $107,251
Quality & Continuous Improvement Manager Valerus Field Solutions, LP Sweeny, TX May 15, 2015 $107,251
Continuous Improvement Manager Niagara Bottling, LLC Stockton, CA Mar 23, 2016 $89,250
Quality/Continuous Improvement Manager Aleris Specification Alloys, Inc. Wabash, IN Jan 19, 2015 $88,500 -
Manager, Continuous Improvement, North America Aggreko LLC Houston, TX Feb 01, 2012 $88,000
Continuous Improvement Manager Whirlpool Corporation Amana, IA Jan 08, 2016 $87,671
Continuous Improvement Manager Sumitomo Rubber USA, LLC Tonawanda, NY Oct 15, 2015 $87,110 -
Continuous Improvement Manager Johnson Controls, Inc. Sycamore, IL May 26, 2015 $87,048 -
Continuous Improvement Analyst TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity LT Greensboro, NC May 10, 2014 $86,366
Continuous Improvement Manager Johnson Controls, Inc. Wichita, KS Aug 22, 2014 $80,000 -
Quality Control/Continuous Improvement Manager RJ Global WIKA, L.P. Houston, TX Oct 27, 2016 $80,000 -
Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager I The Boldt Company Chicago, IL Mar 05, 2015 $80,000
Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager I The Boldt Company Chicago, IL Feb 06, 2015 $80,000
Continuous Improvement Manager Groupon, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 20, 2015 $80,000 -
Continuous Improvement Specialist I The Nemours Foundation-A.I. Dupont Hospital for Wilmington, DE Aug 06, 2012 $80,000 -
Continuous Improvement Specialist I FMC Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 08, 2014 $79,498 -

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Top Skills for A Continuous Improvement Manager


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Top Continuous Improvement Manager Skills

  1. Kaizen Events
  2. Lean Sigma
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participate in the implementation and execution of kaizen events.
  • Implemented Lean Sigma Continuous Improvement principles at manufacturing to drive cost reductions and Quality Improvement.
  • Instituted progress charts and metric boards to measure safety, quality, cost, and delivery performance.
  • Utilized transformation methodologies to lead process improvement projects to achieve program objectives.
  • Installed many procedures in order to support ISO compliance.

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