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Working As A Process Improvement Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $94,822

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Improvement Manager Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Process Improvement Manager

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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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 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 8.8%
Consultant 5.4%
Supervisor 4.2%
Top Employers After
Manager 6.1%
Consultant 6.1%
Director 4.0%
Owner 2.9%

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Process Improvement Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

65.1%

Female

32.5%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.1%

Portuguese

5.9%

Chinese

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

French

5.9%

Carrier

3.9%

Russian

3.9%

Mandarin

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

German

2.0%

Ukrainian

2.0%

Czech

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Kannada

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Tamil

2.0%
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Process Improvement Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.7%

Purdue University

7.2%

Villanova University

5.5%

Webster University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Clemson University

5.0%

Auburn University

4.4%

University of Alabama

3.9%

Western Washington University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

West Virginia University

3.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.3%

University of Iowa

3.3%

George Mason University

3.3%

DePaul University

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%

University of Rochester

2.8%
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Majors

Business

43.0%

Management

8.7%

Accounting

5.1%

Project Management

4.3%

Industrial Engineering

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.6%

Finance

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Marketing

2.6%

Computer Science

2.3%

Operations Management

2.3%

Chemical Engineering

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Supply Chain Management

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Economics

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Communication

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

40.7%

Bachelors

38.4%

Other

12.6%

Associate

3.1%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.4%
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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
BPE Improvement Manager CEVA Freight LLC Houston, TX Oct 14, 2016 $120,000 -
$140,000
Business Process Improvement Manager Genuine Parts Company Atlanta, GA Jan 10, 2016 $119,325
Business Process Improvement Manager Alsbridge, Inc. Addison, TX Apr 04, 2016 $105,000
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
Continous Improvement Manager Niagara Bottling LLC Ontario, CA Aug 30, 2014 $99,335
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, Process Engineering and Continuous Improv Komatsu America Corp. Rolling Meadows, IL Dec 19, 2011 $86,100
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
Continous Improvement Manager Niagara Bottling LLC Stockton, CA Jan 15, 2013 $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

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Top Skills for A Process Improvement Manager

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  1. Process Improvement
  2. Sigma
  3. Procedures
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  • Spearheaded the development of project hopper, which identified and prioritized process improvement projects that improved turnaround time for patients nationally.
  • Championed cross-functional process improvement initiatives using Six Sigma methodologies to improve quality, productivity, issue resolution, and operational readiness.
  • Performed chart audits for regulatory compliance, clinical appropriateness with new guidelines, and operational compliance to policies and procedures.
  • Led teams to execute multiple, comprehensive process improvement projects, realizing significant cost savings and improvements in service and productivity.
  • Assisted corporate internal audit team with developing and implementing quality control processes to ensure compliance.

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