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Working As A Corporate Quality Assurance Manager

  • 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

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Corporate Quality Assurance 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 Corporate Quality Assurance 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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Corporate Quality Assurance Manager Career Paths

Corporate Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director Director
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director Operations Director
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Operations Director
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Operations Vice President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Vice President
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Program Management
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Director
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager/Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager/Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.1 years
Quality Supervisor 3.8 years
Quality Lead 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Corporate Quality Assurance Manager
Manager 2.8%
Supervisor 2.0%
Top Careers After Corporate Quality Assurance Manager
Consultant 4.2%
Director 1.9%

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Top Skills for A Corporate Quality Assurance Manager

  1. Audit Procedures
  2. Product Quality
  3. Supplier Quality
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented process monitoring and process trending programs to better predict product quality and gauge manufacturing process consistency.
  • Strengthened supplier partnerships & improved supplier quality performance via supplier assessments and technical exchange meetings.
  • Worked with research and development team responding to customer regulatory requests by researching quality procedures.
  • Served as liaison between quality assurance managers, and contacted corresponding plant personnel to resolve quality-related issues.
  • Assisted with definition and deployment of project delivery methodology and program management practices helping to ensure compliance with usage standards.

Corporate Quality Assurance Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

67.5%

Female

24.3%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Asian

10.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Sanskrit

8.3%

Portuguese

8.3%

Gujarati

8.3%

Hindi

8.3%
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Corporate Quality Assurance Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.3%

University of Wisconsin Extension

6.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

6.9%

Clemson University

6.9%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

6.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.2%

University of Redlands

5.2%

Xavier University

5.2%

Purdue University

5.2%

University of Delaware

5.2%

Colorado State University

5.2%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Eastern Michigan University

3.4%

University of Northern Colorado

3.4%

Northwest Missouri State University

3.4%

North Carolina State University

3.4%

University of Iowa

3.4%

University of California - Davis

3.4%

Colorado School of Mines

3.4%

Texas State University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

29.6%

Biology

8.4%

Management

6.9%

Industrial Engineering

6.9%

Food Science

4.9%

Chemistry

4.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.9%

Industrial Technology

3.4%

Pharmacy

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Project Management

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Information Technology

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Apparel And Textiles

2.0%

Computer Science

2.0%

Nursing

2.0%

Dietetics

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.5%

Masters

24.1%

Other

16.0%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.3%
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