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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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|Senior Director, Quality||Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated||Boston, MA||Dec 09, 2016||$207,000 -
|Senior Director of Quality||Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.||Tempe, AZ||Jul 01, 2015||$201,761|
|Senior Director, Quality||DR. Reddy's Laboratories New York, Inc.||Middleburgh, NY||Mar 24, 2014||$200,000|
|Senior Director, Quality||DR. Reddy’S Laboratories New York, Inc.||Middleburgh, NY||Jan 26, 2016||$200,000|
|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, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Managemen||Carefusion Corporation||Palm Springs, CA||Jun 07, 2014||$176,458|
|Director of Quality and Methodology||Doctor Evidence||Santa Monica, CA||Sep 10, 2015||$175,000|
|Associate Director, Quality Operations||Purdue Pharma Manufacturing L.P.||Durham, NC||Sep 24, 2015||$173,780|
|Associate Director, Quality Operations||Purdue Pharma Manufacturing L.P.||Wilson, NC||Mar 23, 2015||$168,715|
|Associate Director, Quality Operations||Purdue Pharma L.P.||Wilson, NC||Mar 23, 2015||$168,715|
|Director of Global Quality||Viskase Companies, Inc.||Darien, IL||Sep 01, 2015||$168,482|
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|Director of Technology and Quality Systems||All American Chemical Company||Rosemont, IL||Feb 06, 2015||$155,000|
|Director, Product Quality||NCR Corporation||Duluth, GA||Jun 15, 2015||$155,000|
|Director of Global Quality||Viskase Companies, Inc.||Darien, IL||Jun 07, 2016||$155,000|
|Director of Global Quality||Viskase Companies, Inc.||Darien, IL||Sep 09, 2015||$155,000|
|Director, Operations and Quality||Unilife Medical Solutions, Inc.||York, PA||Sep 14, 2015||$154,400|
|Director, Quality||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Sep 09, 2014||$150,072 -
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|Director of Quality||Chicago Brdige & Iron Company (Delaware)||The Woodlands, TX||Mar 06, 2015||$129,672 -
|SR. Director Quality||Everyone Counts, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$127,000|
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