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Working As A Product Quality Manager

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $106,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Product Quality 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 Product Quality 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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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.1 years
Quality Supervisor 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Product Quality Manager
Manager 5.4%
Consultant 3.4%
Top Careers After Product Quality Manager
Manager 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$106,000
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$74,000
Min 10%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
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$106,000
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$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
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$106,000
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Median 50%
$151,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Product Quality Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Product Quality Manager in the United States is $106,309 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $74,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $151,000.

Real Product Quality Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Quality MGR 3 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 12, 2015 $153,483 -
$229,300
Product Quality Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 19, 2015 $150,000 -
$170,000
Senior New Product Quality Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 03, 2014 $145,000
Product Quality Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 02, 2012 $145,000
Product Quality Manager Nokia Inc. San Diego, CA Dec 20, 2012 $131,060
Product Quality MGR 1 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 15, 2015 $125,965 -
$164,900
Product Quality Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2012 $125,000
Product Quality MGR 1 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 30, 2014 $120,973 -
$161,700
Product Quality Manager/Engineering Project MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 03, 2014 $120,000 -
$140,000
Product Quality Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 07, 2014 $115,294 -
$135,000
Product Quality Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 03, 2014 $115,000 -
$135,000
Product Quality Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 09, 2013 $110,032 -
$125,000
Product Manager-Platform Quality Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 21, 2016 $110,000
Manager, Quality & Product Safety Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC. Elyria, OH Jan 26, 2016 $107,598
Manager, Quality & Product Safety Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC Elyria, OH Aug 19, 2015 $107,120
Product Quality Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 28, 2014 $105,000 -
$125,000
Senior Product Quality Section Manager Stmicroelectronics, Inc. Coppell, TX Sep 13, 2010 $103,000
Product Manager, Vault Quality Veeva Systems Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 10, 2016 $102,003 -
$154,500
Footwear Product and Quality Manager Iron Fist International, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 20, 2014 $102,000
Product Quality Manager Group Dekko, Inc. Garrett, IN Aug 13, 2015 $92,518
Product Quality Manager Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jul 18, 2016 $91,600 -
$112,800
Product Manager, Adblue Quality Sensor Measurement Specialites, Inc. High Point, NC Jul 26, 2014 $90,883

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Top Skills for A Product Quality Manager

  1. Supplier Quality
  2. Audit Procedures
  3. New Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Demonstrated 3-prong approach to Supplier Quality, Engineering Quality and manufacturing production line assembly reducing defects and warranty claims.
  • Developed and implemented inspection and audit procedures to assess successes and opportunities and to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Teamed with Engineering and Manufacturing divisions to provide technical feedback on new product developments.
  • Implemented Customer Quality Clinic to improve effectiveness of Root Cause corrective action on customer escapes.
  • Established and achieved annual product margin improvements through Product design changes, manufacturing process changes and supplier process improvements.

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Top 10 Best States for Product Quality Managers

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Colorado
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New York
  6. Delaware
  7. Vermont
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Product Quality Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

71.0%

Female

20.3%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

10.4%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.6%

Chinese

10.5%

German

10.5%

Japanese

10.5%

Swedish

5.3%

French

5.3%

Amharic

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%

Polish

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Italian

5.3%
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Product Quality Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

University of Texas at Austin

8.9%

North Carolina State University

6.3%

Wayne State University

6.3%

Ohio State University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

Purdue University

5.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.1%

University of Chicago

5.1%

University of Akron

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

3.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.8%

Community College of the Air Force

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.8%

Alabama A & M University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

30.5%

Electrical Engineering

8.1%

Management

7.1%

Mechanical Engineering

6.1%

Computer Science

5.8%

Industrial Engineering

5.4%

Finance

4.1%

Marketing

4.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Chemical Engineering

3.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.1%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.7%

Biology

2.7%

Engineering

2.7%

Food Science

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

English

2.0%

Chemistry

1.7%

Operations Management

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Masters

35.2%

Other

11.9%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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