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Working As A Process Improvement 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

  • $97,044

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Improvement 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 Process Improvement 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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Process Improvement Manager Career Paths

Process Improvement Manager
Operations Director Global Director
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Continuous Improvement Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Continuous Improvement
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Corporate Director
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Material Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Continuous Improvement Manager Operations Director
Director Of Sales And Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Controller
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Management Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Sales Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager General Manager
Regional General Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Sourcing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President Of Operations
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Leader 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 8.0%
Consultant 4.9%
Supervisor 3.8%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.9%
Consultant 5.0%
Director 3.3%
Owner 2.6%

Process Improvement Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

65.0%

Female

32.5%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

78.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.1%

Portuguese

5.9%

Chinese

5.9%

French

5.9%

German

3.9%

Japanese

3.9%

Carrier

3.9%

Russian

3.9%

Mandarin

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

Czech

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Kannada

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Tamil

2.0%

Ukrainian

2.0%
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Process Improvement Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.5%

Purdue University

6.9%

Villanova University

5.8%

Auburn University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

Clemson University

4.6%

University of Alabama

4.0%

Western Washington University

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Webster University

4.0%

West Virginia University

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

University of Iowa

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%

Cardinal Stritch University

2.9%

George Washington University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

43.5%

Management

8.8%

Accounting

5.2%

Project Management

4.4%

Industrial Engineering

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

Finance

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Marketing

2.6%

Computer Science

2.3%

Chemical Engineering

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Operations Management

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Supply Chain Management

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Political Science

1.8%

Economics

1.7%

Communication

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

40.1%

Bachelors

38.2%

Other

13.0%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Process Improvement Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Process Improvement Manager Noble Americas Corp. Stamford, CT Oct 01, 2012 $158,579 -
$194,000
Process Improvement Manager JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Aug 12, 2015 $150,000
Process Improvement Manager Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Hawthorne, CA Jul 02, 2015 $134,744
Major Projects and Process Improvement Manager Exelis C4I, Inc. Herndon, VA Jan 06, 2014 $130,000
Senior Process Improvement MGR (SR. Process Innova Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC Richardson, TX Oct 07, 2012 $126,545
Business Process Improvement Manager 2 Wachovia Shared Resources, LLC, A Subsidiary of We Charlotte, NC Apr 23, 2011 $125,000
Business Process Improvement Manager Younow, Inc. New York, NY Apr 03, 2016 $125,000
Aces Process Improvement Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Sep 06, 2014 $122,000
Major Projects and Process Improvement Manager C4I, Inc. Reston, VA May 20, 2012 $121,000
Major Projects and Process Improvement Manager C4I, Inc. Reston, VA May 20, 2012 $120,000
Business Process Improvement Manager Genuine Parts Company Atlanta, GA Jan 10, 2016 $119,325
Aces Process Improvement Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jul 22, 2013 $119,000
Manager, Business Process Improvement Rockwell Automation, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Jan 09, 2016 $100,370
Process Improvement Manager Volvo Construction Equipment North America, LLC Shippensburg, PA Feb 05, 2016 $100,000
Business Process Improvement Manager Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 01, 2014 $98,800 -
$160,600
System Support/Process Improvement Manager Navistar Financial Corporation Lisle, IL Apr 18, 2013 $98,560 -
$101,560
System Support/Process Improvement Manager Navistar Financial Corporation Schaumburg, IL Oct 15, 2012 $98,560 -
$103,560
Manager, Business Process Improvement Rockwell Automation, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Sep 01, 2015 $98,113
Process Improvement Manager Schneider Electric USA, Inc. Columbia, MO Feb 14, 2015 $96,845 -
$120,000
Quality & Process Improvement Manager Ingram Micro Inc. Plainfield, IN Feb 12, 2014 $85,550
Process Improvement Manager/It/Supply Chain Safety Works, LLC PA Aug 30, 2014 $85,020
Manager-Global Process Management and Improvemen Hilton Worldwide, Inc. Tampa, FL Oct 01, 2011 $85,000
Process Improvement MGR (Industrial Engr) Growers Express, LLC Salinas, CA Aug 12, 2015 $85,000
Process Improvement Manager AAA Sales $ Engineering Oak Creek, WI Mar 30, 2015 $85,000
Business Process Improvement Manager Younow, Inc. New York, NY Nov 16, 2016 $84,482
Manager, Process Improvement Humana Pharmacy, Inc. Glendale, AZ Jan 20, 2014 $84,282 -
$122,700
Manager, Process Improvement Sensormatic Electronics, LLC Lithia Springs, GA Sep 18, 2016 $84,011 -
$88,196

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Top Skills for A Process Improvement Manager

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Top Process Improvement Manager Skills

  1. Sigma
  2. Process Improvement Initiatives
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead the identification, evaluation and prioritization of Lean Sigma improvement projects.
  • Drive process improvement throughout the Winery by identifying, leading, and facilitating process improvement initiatives.
  • Performed chart audits for regulatory compliance, clinical appropriateness with new guidelines, and operational compliance to policies and procedures.
  • Process Improvement Manager * Oversee all plant quality systems, assurance and control to ensure compliance.
  • Identified and implemented various business process improvements throughout internal manufacturing which lowered lead times and increased quality yields.

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