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Become A Production Manager

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Working As A Production 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

  • $63,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Production 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 Production 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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23 Production Manager jobs

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Device Production Manager - Security

$63,500 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Manager of Production Management and Devices

$63,500 Estimated

Visa
Ashburn, VA
Director Batch Production Support

$104,490 Estimated

Visa
Ashburn, VA
Sr. Production Services Analyst

$69,780 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Risk Manager - Supplier Security Assurance

$94,988 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Risk Manager - Supplier Security Assurance

$94,988 Estimated

Digital Realty
Ashburn, VA
Senior Security and Compliance Manager

$97,533 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Security Risk Manager

$94,988 Estimated

Pizza Hut
Ashburn, VA
Production / CSR

$30,000 Estimated

Visa
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst (Production Service)

$65,000 Estimated

Cubic Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Senior Production & Manufacturing Director

$130,000 Estimated

ABC Imaging
Alexandria, VA
Production Manager - Print Industry

$63,500 Estimated

Compass Group, North America
Gaithersburg, MD
MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION MANAGER

$77,035 Estimated

Caci International Inc.
Reston, VA
Proposal Production Manager / Desktop Publisher

$63,500 Estimated

Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Frederick, MD
Production Manager

$77,035 Estimated

ALC Staffing Associates
Arlington, VA
Artwork Production Manager - Packaging

$63,500 Estimated

BMC
Manassas, VA
Production Manager 1 (Field Install Manager)

$63,500 Estimated

Abacus Technology
Washington, DC
Production Manager (Intelligence Community)

$79,920 Estimated

Goodwin Recruiting
Hillandale, MD
Catering / Production Manager

$77,035 Estimated

Compass Group, North America
Gaithersburg, MD
MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION MANAGER

$77,035 Estimated

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Real Production Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production Manager Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Oct 26, 2015 $285,000
LNG Production Manager Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Jul 13, 2015 $285,000
LNG Production Manager Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Jul 20, 2015 $240,000
Production Manager SEM Operating Company LLC Tyler, TX Sep 25, 2015 $171,780
Regulatory Reporting Production Manager MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Los Angeles, CA Apr 06, 2015 $155,000
Production Manager (Photo/Video) Susan Vessio, Inc. DBA Geared Graphix Garden City, NY Feb 04, 2015 $148,200
Production Manager Yuma Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 20, 2015 $146,500
Production Manager Ethosenergy Light Turbines, LLC Houston, TX Jul 03, 2016 $146,474
Production Manager Ethosenergy Light Turbines, LLC Houston, TX Sep 04, 2015 $146,474
Production Manager Vibrant Sciences LLC San Carlos, CA Jul 11, 2016 $140,000
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Top Skills for A Production Manager

SafetyTrainingProductionSupervisorsSafetyProceduresOn-TimeDeliveryProductionFacilityProductionSchedulesCustomerServiceRawMaterialsProductionProcessDailyProductionInventoryControlContinuousImprovementProductionDepartmentProductionLinesOshaProcessImprovementHumanResourcesProjectManagementDirectReportsQualityStandards

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Top Production Manager Skills

  1. Safety Training
  2. Production Supervisors
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Establish OSHA compliant safety training program.
  • Monitor, assess, motivate, and manage 55 direct reports including 3 production supervisors continuing their development.
  • Continued implementation of environmental, health and safety procedures.
  • Delivered monthly production, on-time delivery, continuous improvement, and scrap goals as set by executive leadership.
  • Managed and grew a production facility in a sheltered work environment serving 130 adult, developmentally disabled individuals.

Top Production Manager Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Production Manager

  1. Aramark
  2. United States Navy
  3. Ford Motor Company
  4. Savers
  5. United States Air Force
  6. Pepsico
  7. Sodexo
  8. The Boeing Company
  9. Xerox
  10. CSM
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