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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

  • $134,000

    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 Lead 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Director Of Quality
Director 5.1%
Manager 5.1%
Consultant 3.0%
Top Careers After Director Of Quality
Director 5.9%
Consultant 5.7%

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Director Of Quality Demographics

Gender

Male

63.3%

Female

34.2%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

German

10.9%

French

9.4%

Japanese

7.8%

Chinese

5.5%

Portuguese

4.7%

Mandarin

3.9%

Italian

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Hindi

2.3%

Hebrew

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Gujarati

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Croatian

0.8%
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Director Of Quality Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.7%

Michigan State University

6.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

Purdue University

5.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.9%

Villanova University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.5%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.5%

George Washington University

3.2%

DePaul University

3.2%

University of South Florida

3.0%

Wayne State University

3.0%

Brigham Young University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Eastern Michigan University

3.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.0%

Central Michigan University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

32.8%

Nursing

12.6%

Management

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Mechanical Engineering

4.6%

Biology

3.6%

Industrial Engineering

3.5%

Chemistry

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Engineering

2.4%

Public Health

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Project Management

2.2%

Computer Science

2.1%

Marketing

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Psychology

1.9%

Finance

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

40.8%

Bachelors

35.3%

Other

12.5%

Doctorate

5.1%

Associate

3.5%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

0.3%

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, Client Data and Services and Data Qualit Merrill Lynch Pennington, NJ Jul 04, 2013 $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 Aug 10, 2011 $165,000 -
$185,000
Director of Software Quality Polycom, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 12, 2014 $165,000 -
$185,000
Director, Quality Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Sep 09, 2014 $150,072 -
$241,000
Director of Developmental Quality Analogic Corporation Peabody, MA Oct 01, 2014 $150,000 -
$190,000
Director of Quality Implementation Engineers, LLC Indianapolis, IN Sep 12, 2015 $150,000
Director of Technology and Quality Systems All American Chemical Company, Inc. Rosemont, IL Oct 01, 2013 $150,000
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 Operations and Quality Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Aventura, FL Sep 15, 2016 $149,384
Director of Operations and Quality Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. North Miami Beach, 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 Jul 20, 2012 $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 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 of Quality Fresh, Inc. Edison, NJ Aug 18, 2014 $120,000 -
$130,000
Director-Supplier Quality & Improvement Clipper Windpower LLC Carpinteria, CA Sep 23, 2012 $120,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Director Of Quality

Average Yearly Salary
$134,000
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$87,000
Min 10%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$205,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Aurora Health Care
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Director Of Quality make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Quality in the United States is $134,452 per year or $65 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $87,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $205,000.

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Top Skills for A Director Of Quality

  1. Process Improvement
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. ISO
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented Lean Manufacturing based quality and process improvement initiatives targeted at increasing productivity and reducing cost throughout the organization.
  • Managed 3 quality improvement staff to facilitate surveillance activities and readiness interventions to ensure compliance with regulatory & accreditation standards.
  • Organized the Quality Department and Quality Management System in preparation for ISO 9001:2008 certification.
  • Orchestrated all quality assurance functions and quality management system, ensuring all company standards and external requirements were met.
  • Educated and assisted department managers to maintain appropriate policies, procedures, and documentation to fulfill requirements and regulations.

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