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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 At Capgemini

* Identifying, prioritizing and qualifying the sales of future services in emerging technologies, BPM, risk management and large transformation projects
* Working with Capgemini practices and or alliance partners to further the account and develop new business within managed services and other consulting services projects
* Develop strong client relationships that enable identification and qualification of successful sales opportunities
* Closing new logo clients proactively through leveraging of a personal network and a structured selling approach
* Lead or support the responses to request for proposals (RFPs) in the major practices areas

What Does A Manufacturing Director Do At Samson Rope

* Direct the activities for two manufacturing plants (Ferndale, WA and Lafayette, LA).
* Ensure programs & policies are in place to provide the safest working environment attainable.
* Develop and retain a high performing team through effective hiring, coaching, performance management and training.
* Lead initiatives to provide an employee-oriented company culture that emphasizes safety, teamwork, quality, continuous improvement, and high employee engagement.
* Ensure manufacturing goals are aligned with corporate strategy and defines, monitors, and achieves key success metrics.
* Lead lean and other continuous improvement programs to improve safety, quality, service and efficiency.
* Ensure production capacity including equipment, space, systems and resources will meet current demand and future growth.
* Maintain high standards of manufacturing equipment and processes to ensure that products conform to established customer and company quality and service standards.
* Ensure preventative programs are in place to properly maintain production equipment and facilities.
* Develop manufacturing annual budgets and capital plans for manufacturing.
* Represent manufacturing as part of the leadership team and on other cross functional teams.
* Initiate and coordinate major projects (e.g. plant layout changes, capital plan and equipment installation, major repairs, etc.)
* Direct staff members in the development and formulation of policy, programs, and objectives

What Does A Manufacturing Director Do At Stimson Lumber Company

* Ensures delivery of Stud Mill manufacturing strategies for the company; ensures that these strategies are capably implemented at the facility level by local leadership teams
* Leads the process and performance measurement system and indicators at each plant to ensure the standardization and transference of the best practices among all the plants
* Directs efforts to achieve highest levels of customer service, including new product manufacturing, on time delivery, and quality requirements
* Partners with Director of Engineering to ensure that capital execution processes are in place in each plant and projects are executed on time and within budget
* Champions preventive maintenance, and reliability and cost-appropriate investment in maintenance, replacement and upgrade capital projects.
* Leads and coordinates plans and initiatives within the Mills to manage cost control to be able to efficiently use the investments and to reduce costs while providing appropriate preventive and/or predictive maintenance
* Ensures that Mills are producing products within agreed upon specifications and that continuous improvement plans are in place
* Partners closely with the Resources organization and Sales department to support the needs of the greater business
* Collaborates effectively across functions, such as Human Resources and Finance, and with other production facilities, as needed
* Regular travel to the Mills, including 30
* overnight travel

What Does A Manufacturing Director Do At Panasonic

* Leadership – building and developing a high-performing organization to produce the #1 highest energy-density cells in the world, for the #1 Electric Vehicle manufacturer in the world.
* Overall responsibility for Manufacturing activities across the business.
* Coordinate team activities to optimize cost performance of the plant through capital investment programs, optimizing operating working capital usage and minimizing waste through the development of a continuous-improvement culture encompassing lean principles and clear strategic development.
* Develop and implement strategies with the goal of meeting or exceeding company goals and objectives with an emphasis on quality, cost reduction and productivity improvement.
* Build a strong production management team by demonstrating exceptional leadership skills, providing a clear vision and inspiring staff to achieve excellence.
* Lead and foster a culture of continuous improvement, employee engagement and open communications.
* Direct and drive lean manufacturing, GMP, 5S and Kaizen principles throughout the production process.
* Implement a customer-focused operational culture delivering world class customer service levels.
* Provide leadership to departments through coaching and mentoring.
* Develop direct reports and manage a high performing team that delivers continuous improvement, added value and cost reductions.
* Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance.
* Proactively work with product line management, engineering, service and other departments to incorporate best practices into the manufacturing environment.
* Report on Manufacturing activities on a regular basis to the business leadership team, ensuring accurate and timely reporting of the relevant Key Performance Indicators.
* Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with key stakeholders to facilitate delivery and compliance with the manufacturing strategy.
* Communicate to stakeholders the impact of technological changes and potential effects on supply.
* Recommend solutions without compromising quality or service while optimizing cost.
* Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on manufacturing activities

What Does A Manufacturing Director Do At MacLean-Fogg

* Participate and exercise influence in regards to strategic direction of the business.
* Create and implement annual expense, productivity, and capital budgets.
* Forecast and monitor expenditures for short term planning.
* Approve spending as appropriate
* Direct and monitor continuous improvement activities in all areas
* Ensure that the organizational structure of each operation is efficiently planned and adequately staffed.
* Drive improvement activities related to safety, quality, service and cost
* Improve operational efficiency, throughput, and yield
* Lead/manage initiatives of "Lean Manufacturing" principles of Product Flow Dynamics

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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.


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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  • Spanish

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • German

  • Dutch

  • French

  • Deseret

  • Czech

  • Carrier

  • Armenian

  • Russian

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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, Manufacturing Sciences Biogen, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 01, 2015 $180,000
Director of Manufacturing Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2014 $175,000 -
Director of Manufacturing Excellence Lhoist North America, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jul 18, 2016 $175,000 -
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 Gardner Denver Thomas Monroe, LA May 09, 2016 $142,800
Director of Manufacturing Lumileds Lighting LLC San Jose, CA Jan 01, 2012 $141,898 -
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, Manufacturing Enginner Carefusion Resources, LLC San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2014 $139,536
Director of Manufacturing, Americas Laerdal Medical Corporation Gatesville, TX Sep 24, 2010 $136,022
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 -
Director of Manufacturing Processes, Systems & STR Benteler Automotive Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Jan 13, 2012 $118,000 -
Director of Manufacturing I.B. Goodman Manufacturing Company, Inc. Newport, KY Sep 21, 2010 $117,042
Director of Manufacturing I.B. Goodman Manufacturing Company, Inc. Newport, KY Sep 21, 2011 $117,042
Director of Manufacturing Excellence TPI Composites, Inc. Warren, RI Sep 17, 2014 $115,000 -
Director of Manufacturing/Up2 L'orÉAl USA, Inc. Somerset, NJ Jun 30, 2014 $114,358 -
Director, Components Manufacturing SRG Global, Inc. Warren, MI Dec 31, 2011 $113,131

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Director


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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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