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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

  • $116,000

    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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Manufacturing Director Career Paths

Manufacturing Director
Operations Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Manufacturing
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
14 Yearsyrs
President
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Director
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Production Director
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Vice President
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Director Of Supply Chain Management
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Distribution
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Distribution
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Plant Operations
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Director Global Operations
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Global Director
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Site Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Logistics Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Global Operations
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Director
Merchandising Director
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Director
10 Yearsyrs
Sales And Marketing Vice President
President And General Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Purchasing
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President Of Operations
Chief Executive Officer And Operator
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
Director Of Continuous Improvement
14 Yearsyrs
Finance Director
Director Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Business Unit Director
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Service And Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
Division President
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Plant Manager 5.8 years
Factory Manager 4.3 years
Materials Director 4.2 years
Top Careers Before Manufacturing Director
Manager 4.7%
Director 2.4%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Director
Consultant 4.6%
President 3.3%
Director 2.3%
Owner 2.2%
Manager 1.4%

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Manufacturing Director Demographics

Gender

Male

87.2%

Female

7.4%

Unknown

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.6%

Japanese

7.5%

Korean

5.7%

Portuguese

3.8%

German

3.8%

French

3.8%

Russian

3.8%

Chinese

1.9%

Dutch

1.9%

Deseret

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Armenian

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Czech

1.9%
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Manufacturing Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.7%

Purdue University

7.2%

Michigan State University

6.2%

Arizona State University

5.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.6%

North Carolina State University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Webster University

4.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.3%

Indiana State University

3.6%

Lehigh University

3.6%

Western Michigan University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

Wake Forest University

3.3%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

University of Iowa

3.3%

Western New England College

3.3%

University of Memphis

3.3%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.3%
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Majors

Business

40.7%

Mechanical Engineering

6.8%

Management

6.5%

Industrial Engineering

5.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Finance

3.5%

Chemistry

3.2%

Chemical Engineering

3.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.1%

Operations Management

2.9%

Biology

2.7%

Engineering

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.1%

Marketing

1.9%

Education

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Computer Science

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

34.6%

Other

14.6%

Associate

4.4%

Doctorate

3.0%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.0%
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Min 10%
$116,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Median 50%
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$116,000
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$116,000
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Median 50%
$163,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Manufacturing Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Director in the United States is $116,264 per year or $56 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $82,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $163,000.

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 Manufacuturing The Medicines Company Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 16, 2012 $207,620
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 Excellence Lhoist North America, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jul 18, 2016 $175,000 -
$210,000
Director of Manufacturing Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2014 $175,000 -
$195,000
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 of Manufacturing (Manufacturing Engineer) Weber Automotive Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Aug 29, 2016 $140,000
Director Manufacturing Gardner Denver Thomas Monroe, LA Aug 25, 2014 $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 of Manufacturing Axium NANO LLC Ithaca, NY Sep 09, 2016 $120,000
Director Lean Manufacturing Valerus Compression Services, L.P. Bay City, TX Mar 30, 2010 $120,000 -
$130,000
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, 2010 $117,042

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Director

  1. New Product Development
  2. Facility
  3. Safety Program
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  • Managed group of eight engineers, supporting new product development through direct manufacturing involvement at five facilities.
  • Achieved a 56% improvement in productivity at a turnaround facility by developing and implementing a strategic operational improvement plan.
  • Discovered and maintained written safety program and quarterly site audits resulting in commendation by the insurance underwriters.
  • Coordinated international shipments directly with foreign distributors which represented over 30% of worldwide revenues, achieving 100% on-time delivery.
  • Reduced customer complaints by 37 % utilizing six sigma process improvement methodologies.

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