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Working As A Director Of Quality

  • 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

  • $125,910

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Quality 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 Director Of Quality

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
Quality Supervisor 3.6 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Quality Consultant 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Director 4.5%
Manager 4.4%
Consultant 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.6%
Director 5.3%

Director Of Quality Demographics

Gender

Male

61.8%

Female

35.8%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

8.5%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.8%

German

10.5%

French

9.8%

Japanese

8.4%

Chinese

4.9%

Mandarin

3.5%

Portuguese

3.5%

Hindi

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Korean

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Hebrew

1.4%

Bengali

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Tagalog

1.4%

Gujarati

0.7%

Igbo

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%
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Director Of Quality Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.0%

Michigan State University

7.3%

Northeastern University

5.9%

Villanova University

4.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

Purdue University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Webster University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

University of Connecticut

3.3%

University of South Florida

3.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.1%

Brigham Young University

3.1%

University of Texas at Austin

3.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.1%

Wayne State University

2.8%

George Washington University

2.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.8%
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Majors

Business

32.8%

Nursing

13.1%

Management

6.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Mechanical Engineering

4.7%

Biology

4.0%

Chemistry

3.4%

Industrial Engineering

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Public Health

2.6%

Engineering

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Computer Science

2.0%

Psychology

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

40.3%

Bachelors

35.3%

Other

12.7%

Doctorate

4.9%

Associate

3.8%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Director Of Quality Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Global Supplier Development and Quality Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 26, 2012 $200,000 -
$250,000
Quality Director McDermott, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 16, 2012 $185,000
Director, Quality Systems Fresenius USA Manufacturing, Inc. A Fresenius Medical Care N.A. Compa Waltham, MA Aug 30, 2016 $180,003
Director, Quality and Safety Research Medstar Health Research Institute Columbia, MD Jan 02, 2013 $180,000
Director of Quality and Methodology Doctor Evidence Santa Monica, CA Sep 10, 2015 $175,000
Director of Quality/Hospitalist Metro West Physician Services, Inc. Natick, MA May 23, 2011 $170,000 -
$210,000
Director of Quality/Hospitalist Metro West Physician Services, Inc. Framingham, MA May 23, 2011 $170,000 -
$210,000
Director of Global Quality Viskase Companies, Inc. Darien, IL Sep 01, 2015 $168,482
Director of Software Quality Polycom, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 12, 2014 $165,000 -
$185,000
Director of Supplier Quality Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Hawthorne, CA Oct 01, 2012 $165,000
Director, Client Data and Services and Data Qualit Merrill Lynch Pennington, NJ Jul 04, 2013 $165,000 -
$185,000
Director, Client Data and Services and Data Qualit Merrill Lynch Pennington, NJ Aug 10, 2011 $165,000 -
$185,000
Director, Quality Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Sep 09, 2014 $150,072 -
$241,000
Director of Technology and Quality Systems All American Chemical Company, Inc. Rosemont, IL Oct 01, 2013 $150,000
Director of Developmental Quality Analogic Corporation Peabody, MA Oct 01, 2014 $150,000 -
$190,000
Quality Director Freudenberg Medical, LLC Baldwin Park, CA Mar 10, 2016 $150,000
Director-Quality & Regulatory Affairs Granules Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Chantilly, VA Apr 25, 2016 $150,000
Director of Quality Implementation Engineers, LLC Indianapolis, IN Sep 12, 2015 $150,000
Director of Operations and Quality Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. North Miami Beach, FL Sep 15, 2016 $149,384
Director of Operations and Quality Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Aventura, FL Sep 15, 2016 $149,384
Director of Quality Chicago Brdige & Iron Company (Delaware) The Woodlands, TX Mar 06, 2015 $129,672 -
$155,000
Director of Quality Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (Delaware) The Woodlands, TX Mar 09, 2012 $129,672 -
$155,000
Director of Quality Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (Delaware) The Woodlands, TX Jul 20, 2012 $129,672 -
$155,000
Director of Quality Ortronics, Inc. New London, CT Jan 09, 2016 $126,838
Director of Quality CB&I Inc. The Woodlands, TX Oct 01, 2011 $125,000 -
$155,000
Director, Data Quality Prime Healthcare Management, Inc. Ontario, CA Jan 11, 2016 $120,399
Director-Supply Chain Quality & Improvement Clipper Windpower LLC Cedar Rapids, IA Sep 23, 2012 $120,000
Director-Supplier Quality & Improvement Clipper Windpower LLC Carpinteria, CA Sep 23, 2012 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Director Of Quality

ISOQualityManagementSystemProceduresRegulatoryComplianceSupplierQualityPatientSafetyProductDevelopmentQualityImprovementInternalAuditsCorrectiveActionSigmaOversightProcessImprovementContinuousImprovementFDACustomerSatisfactionQARiskManagementQualityProgramProductQuality

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Top Director Of Quality Skills

  1. ISO
  2. Quality Management System
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented ISO 9001 and obtained certification on first pass.
  • Designed and implemented entire Quality Management System from scratch resulting in 2011 Florida Manufacturer of the Year award for FARO.
  • Integrated, developed and updated corporate Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Goals and strategic initiatives.
  • Developed internal audit tool to maintain compliance with state and federal regulatory compliance and maintain survey readiness.
  • Implemented Supplier Quality Management program.

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