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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Process Improvement Manager||Noble Americas Corp.||Stamford, CT||Oct 01, 2012||$158,579 -
|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||Younow, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 03, 2016||$125,000|
|Business Process Improvement Manager 2||Wachovia Shared Resources, LLC, A Subsidiary of We||Charlotte, NC||Apr 23, 2011||$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|
|Divisional Quality Process Improvement Manager||Windsor Window Company||Monroe, NC||Sep 03, 2015||$105,789|
|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|
|Business Process Improvement Manager||Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 01, 2014||$98,800 -
|System Support/Process Improvement Manager||Navistar Financial Corporation||Schaumburg, IL||Oct 15, 2012||$98,560 -
|System Support/Process Improvement Manager||Navistar Financial Corporation||Lisle, IL||Apr 18, 2013||$98,560 -
|Quality & Process Improvement Manager||Ingram Micro||Plainfield, IN||Sep 11, 2015||$87,860|
|Process Improvement Manager||Schneider Electric USA, Inc.||Columbia, MO||Feb 14, 2012||$87,000|
|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|
|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 -
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