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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

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 A Continuous Improvement Manager

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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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

Gender

Male

77.6%

Female

20.5%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

80.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.5%

German

9.1%

Japanese

4.5%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

French

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Hindi

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Turkish

1.5%

Cherokee

1.5%

Venetian

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Sanskrit

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Gujarati

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%
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Continuous Improvement Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.1%

Michigan State University

6.4%

Purdue University

6.4%

Iowa State University

6.4%

Villanova University

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Western Michigan University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

University of Alabama

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.8%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.8%

Mississippi State University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

Capella University

3.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.4%

Auburn University

3.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.0%
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Majors

Business

38.7%

Industrial Engineering

9.0%

Management

6.9%

Mechanical Engineering

6.8%

Industrial Technology

4.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.1%

Operations Management

3.1%

Project Management

2.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.8%

Finance

2.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Marketing

2.2%

Engineering

2.0%

Supply Chain Management

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Accounting

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Masters

36.6%

Other

12.2%

Associate

3.7%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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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 -
$156,525
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
Regional Continuous Improvement Manager Eaton Corporation Southfield, MI Oct 27, 2015 $126,235 -
$133,552
Continuous Improvement Manager-ANA Eaton Corporation Marshall, MI May 01, 2013 $121,514 -
$125,000
SR. Continuous Improvement Manager Johnson Controls, Inc. El Paso, TX May 15, 2015 $111,197 -
$154,200
Continual Service Improvement (CSI) Manager Ipsoft Incorporated New York, NY Oct 17, 2016 $111,091 -
$155,356
Quality & Continuous Improvement Manager Valerus Field Solutions, LP Sweeny, TX May 15, 2015 $107,251
Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager Valerus Field Solutions LP Sweeny, TX Apr 03, 2014 $107,251
Continuous Improvement Manager Intrapac International Corporation Alpharetta, GA Aug 19, 2013 $106,912 -
$120,000
Manager Plant Continuous Improvement Conagra Foods, Inc. Boardman, OR Nov 01, 2011 $100,000 -
$135,000
Quality/Continuous Improvement Manager Real Alloy Specification, Inc. Wabash, IN Oct 28, 2016 $91,437 -
$97,000
Manager of Lean & Continuous Improvement Barry Wright Corporation Burbank, CA Feb 28, 2014 $91,127
Continuous Improvement Manager Niagara Bottling LLC Ontario, CA Jan 16, 2016 $91,035
Manager, Commercialization and Continuous Improvement Pharmavite LLC Opelika, AL May 09, 2016 $90,000
Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement Manager Dover Energy, Inc. Stafford, TX Sep 20, 2013 $90,000 -
$98,000
Continuous Improvement Manager The Boldt Company San Francisco, CA Sep 02, 2011 $85,000 -
$103,000
Continuous Improvement Manager The Heil Co Fort Payne, AL Apr 11, 2016 $85,000 -
$95,000
Continuous Improvement Manager Groupon, Inc. Chicago, IL Mar 08, 2016 $85,000 -
$120,000
Continuous Improvement Manager Johnson Controls, Inc. Sycamore, IL Oct 05, 2014 $84,510 -
$119,600
Continuous Improvement Manager Johnson Controls, Inc. Sycamore, IL May 10, 2014 $84,510 -
$119,600
Resident Engineer, Continuious Improvement Manager TRW Automotive, Inc. Sevierville, TN Oct 01, 2012 $84,500
Manager, Continuous Cost Improvement Daimler Trucks North America LLC Portland, OR Jul 15, 2011 $82,536
Continuous Improvement Manager Bennett Motor Express Management, Inc. Grovetown, GA Oct 26, 2015 $82,500

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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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