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Working As A Lean Manufacturing 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

  • $111,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lean Manufacturing 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 Lean Manufacturing 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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Average Length of Employment
Factory Manager 4.3 years
Top Careers Before Lean Manufacturing Manager
Supervisor 4.3%
Manager 3.9%
Top Careers After Lean Manufacturing Manager
Manager 4.3%
Consultant 3.2%
Director 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$111,000
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$76,000
Min 10%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$160,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Pentair
Highest Paying City
Burlingame, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Lean Manufacturing Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lean Manufacturing Manager in the United States is $111,360 per year or $54 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $161,000.

Real Lean Manufacturing Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lean Manager Entek International, LLC Lebanon, OR Jul 15, 2013 $130,000
Lean Manufacturing Manager SRG Global, Inc. Warren, MI Sep 16, 2016 $120,980
Lean Manufacturing Manager SRG Global, Inc. Portageville, MO Sep 17, 2013 $115,000
Lean Manufacturing Manager SRG Global, Inc. Ripley, TN Sep 17, 2013 $115,000
Lean Manufacturing Manager SRG Global, Inc. Morehead, KY Sep 17, 2013 $115,000
Lean Manager Parker Hannifin Corporation Washington, MO Nov 23, 2009 $113,173 -
$113,297
Lean Manufacturing/Segmentation Manager General Electric Co. (GE Healthcare) Waukesha, WI Mar 17, 2016 $111,259 -
$120,000
Lean Manager Pentair Water Pool and Spa Moorpark, CA Jun 05, 2015 $110,000
Lean Manufacturing Manager SRG Global, Inc. Warren, MI Oct 01, 2012 $106,000
Lean Manufacturing Manager SRG Global, Inc. Portageville, MO Oct 01, 2012 $106,000
Lean Manufacturing Manager SRG Global, Inc. Morehead, KY Oct 01, 2012 $106,000
Lean Manufacturing Manager GE Medical Systems, LLC Waukesha, WI Aug 22, 2013 $105,000 -
$115,000
Lean Manufacturing Manager General Electric Company-Healthcare Waukesha, WI Apr 08, 2014 $105,000 -
$110,000
Lean SIX Sigma Manager CBRE, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Aug 07, 2016 $104,923
Manager, Discover Lean DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Aug 31, 2015 $100,381 -
$116,600
Lean SIX Sigma Manager CBRE Inc. Langhorne, PA Sep 10, 2015 $98,405 -
$120,000
Lean SIX Sigma Manager CBRE Inc. Hamilton, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $98,000 -
$120,000
Lean Manufacturing Manager Federal-Mogul Corporation El Paso, TX Jun 01, 2010 $97,104
Lean Manufacturing Manager-Tqm, Tpm Twin City Bagel, Inc. DBA National Choice Bakery South Saint Paul, MN Jan 10, 2015 $95,888
Manager, Opex Lean Manufacturing Eaton Hydraulics LLC Searcy, AR Aug 01, 2012 $93,000
Lean Manager Flextronics International USA, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 06, 2014 $90,284
Lean & Quality Manufacturing/Purchasing Manager The ESAB Group, Inc. Denton, TX Nov 29, 2016 $87,485 -
$95,000
Lean Manager Sky Chefs, Inc. Burlingame, CA Oct 11, 2014 $86,300 -
$115,186
Lean Manager Sky Chefs, Inc. Burlingame, CA May 24, 2012 $84,000
Lean Manager The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority D/B/A Charlotte, NC Mar 30, 2016 $83,001 -
$119,683
Lean Manager Flextronics International USA, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 09, 2012 $80,266
Growtth Manager-Lean Manager Helix Medical, LLC Baldwin Park, CA Jun 17, 2013 $80,000
Growtth Manager-Lean Manager Helix Medical, LLC Carpinteria, CA Jul 01, 2012 $80,000

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Top Skills for A Lean Manufacturing Manager

  1. Kaizen
  2. Lean Principles
  3. Value Stream
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  • Facilitated baseline, 3P, and kaizen continuous improvement projects across manufacturing and support processes.
  • Spearhead the Lean principles-based cultural transformation in a growing 170-bed community hospital.
  • Invented a binary sort algorithm to facilitate modeling and analysis of extended enterprise value streams.
  • Spearheaded and designed system-wide process improvement program including Lean Six Sigma project portfolio management and training strategy deployment.
  • Received Corporate Six Sigma Excellence Award for developing and implementing cross-GBU Lean initiative.

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Lean Manufacturing Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

82.6%

Female

11.6%

Unknown

5.9%
Ethnicity

White

64.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.2%

Chinese

8.3%

German

8.3%

Japanese

8.3%

French

8.3%

Russian

8.3%

Mandarin

4.2%
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Lean Manufacturing Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

Purdue University

7.7%

Western Michigan University

6.3%

Villanova University

5.6%

Michigan State University

5.6%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.6%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Wayne State University

4.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.2%

Northern Illinois University

4.2%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.5%

Baker College

3.5%

University of Memphis

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

Syracuse University

2.8%

Cardinal Stritch University

2.8%

University of Wisconsin Extension

2.8%

Kettering University

2.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2.8%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2.8%
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Majors

Business

42.5%

Industrial Engineering

9.3%

Mechanical Engineering

8.9%

Management

4.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.8%

Industrial Technology

4.3%

Manufacturing Engineering

3.1%

Finance

2.8%

Project Management

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Operations Management

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Education

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.6%

Marketing

1.3%

Supply Chain Management

1.1%

International Business

1.0%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

Computer Science

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

38.8%

Other

10.5%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.4%
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