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Working As A Manufacturing Director

  • 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

  • $130,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Director 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 Manufacturing Director

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
Plant Manager 5.5 years
Materials Director 4.2 years
Packaging Manager 3.5 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 4.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.4%
President 3.3%
Owner 2.2%
Director 2.1%

Manufacturing Director Demographics

Gender

Male

89.7%

Female

7.9%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

80.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.9%

Japanese

7.9%

Korean

7.9%

German

5.3%

Dutch

2.6%

French

2.6%

Deseret

2.6%

Czech

2.6%

Carrier

2.6%

Armenian

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%
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Manufacturing Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.9%

Purdue University

7.2%

Michigan State University

6.8%

North Carolina State University

5.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.8%

Indiana State University

4.8%

Wake Forest University

3.9%

University of Iowa

3.9%

University of Memphis

3.9%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

3.9%

Lehigh University

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.4%

University of Arizona

3.4%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.4%

Syracuse University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

40.5%

Mechanical Engineering

7.1%

Management

6.5%

Industrial Engineering

6.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.6%

Finance

3.4%

Chemistry

3.2%

Chemical Engineering

3.1%

Operations Management

3.0%

Engineering

2.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.4%

Biology

2.0%

Accounting

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Marketing

1.5%

Supply Chain Management

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Physics

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.1%

Masters

35.0%

Other

15.8%

Associate

4.2%

Doctorate

2.5%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Manufacturing Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Contract Manufacturing Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2010 $220,000
Director of Manufacturing The Medicines Company Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 16, 2012 $207,620
Director of Manufacuturing The Medicines Company Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 16, 2012 $207,620
Director, Manufacturing Sciences Biogen, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 01, 2015 $180,000
Director of Manufacturing Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2014 $175,000 -
$195,000
Director of Manufacturing Excellence Lhoist North America, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jul 18, 2016 $175,000 -
$210,000
Director of Manufacturing Faraday&Future Inc. Gardena, CA Sep 24, 2016 $170,000
Worldwide Lean Manufacturing Director Asteelflash-Us East Corp. Morrisville, NC Oct 01, 2012 $162,000
Director of Manufacturing Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation Boca Raton, FL Jun 09, 2010 $160,532
Director of Manufacturing Lumileds Lighting LLC San Jose, CA Aug 22, 2012 $160,000
Director of Manufacturing Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Feb 03, 2015 $150,000
Director Manufacturing Amgen Inc. West Greenwich, RI Sep 12, 2011 $145,000
Director of Manufacturing Excellence Foamex Innovations Operating Co. Media, PA Dec 17, 2010 $145,000
Director of Manufacturing Lumileds Lighting LLC San Jose, CA Jan 01, 2012 $141,898 -
$188,900
Director of Manufacturing Weber Automotive Corporation, USA Auburn Hills, MI Oct 01, 2015 $140,000
Director Manufacturing Gardner Denver Thomas Monroe, LA Aug 25, 2014 $140,000
Director of Manufacturing (Manufacturing Engineer) Weber Automotive Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Aug 29, 2016 $140,000
Director of Manufacturing, Americas Laerdal Medical Corporation Gatesville, TX Sep 24, 2010 $136,022
Director of Manufacturing Howden North America Columbia, SC Oct 01, 2011 $135,960
Director, Manufacturing Technology Bergstrom Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 17, 2016 $128,773
Director, Manufacturing Technology Bergstrom Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 23, 2015 $126,838
Director, Manufacturing Technology Bergstrom Inc. Rockford, IL Sep 23, 2015 $125,000
Director Lean Manufacturing Valerus Compression Services, L.P. Bay City, TX Mar 30, 2010 $120,000 -
$130,000
Director of Manufacturing Axium NANO LLC Ithaca, NY Sep 09, 2016 $120,000
Director of Manufacturing Processes, Systems & STR Benteler Automotive Corporation Goshen, IN Jul 09, 2012 $118,000 -
$124,000
Director of Manufacturing Processes, Systems & STR Benteler Automotive Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Jan 13, 2012 $118,000 -
$124,000
Director of Manufacturing I.B. Goodman Manufacturing Company, Inc. Newport, KY Sep 21, 2011 $117,042

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Director

NewProductDevelopmentFacilitySafetyProgramISOSupplyChainDirectReportsContinuousImprovementRegulatoryComplianceProductionCapacityPProductLinesCostReductionOn-TimeDeliveryCustomerServiceRawMaterialLogisticsProcessImprovementFDASigmaR

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Top Manufacturing Director Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Facility
  3. Safety Program
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed all new product development, purchasing and product approval for $12 million business.
  • Turned a job shop into a world class manufacturing facility to support over 90 active products and all major customers worldwide.
  • Negotiated supplier contracts, all facilities P & L budgeting, staffing requirements, and plant safety programs.
  • Designated ISO Management Representative and Safety Representative.
  • Led global team of 30 employees and 550+ suppliers that built a world class infrastructure and supply chain.

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Manufacturing Director Videos

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