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Working As A Production Planning 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

  • $107,460

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Planning 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 Planning 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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Production Planning Manager Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Material Manager 4.5 years
Production Manager 4.2 years
Planning Director 3.5 years
Planning Manager 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 4.0%
Buyer 3.7%
Internship 3.5%
Top Employers After
Manager 4.1%
Consultant 3.3%
Owner 2.3%

Production Planning Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

69.3%

Female

28.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

77.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

2.8%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.5%

German

13.2%

Chinese

7.9%

Turkish

5.3%

French

5.3%

Portuguese

2.6%

Filipino

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Gujarati

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%

Bengali

2.6%

Urdu

2.6%

Thai

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Italian

2.6%
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Production Planning Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Michigan State University

12.2%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

Auburn University

5.6%

University of New Haven

5.6%

Purdue University

5.6%

Wake Forest University

4.4%

West Virginia University

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.3%

George Washington University

3.3%

Northwestern University

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

University of Maine

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.3%

Wichita State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

40.7%

Management

6.2%

Supply Chain Management

6.0%

Accounting

5.3%

Industrial Engineering

4.9%

Marketing

4.7%

Finance

4.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.3%

Industrial Technology

3.1%

Political Science

2.7%

Operations Management

2.7%

Project Management

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.8%

Computer Science

1.3%

Biology

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.8%

Masters

28.1%

Other

15.1%

Associate

6.7%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Production Planning Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Advisor-Strategic Production Planning Rio Tinto Services Inc. South Jordan, UT Jun 25, 2015 $157,872 -
$167,872
Production & Planning Manager Jyoti Americas, LLC Conroe, TX Feb 19, 2015 $157,810
Production Planning Manager, Production Control Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 31, 2016 $155,000
Production Planning Manager C&C North America, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 15, 2010 $130,000
Senior Production Planning Manager Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Markets, Inc. Riverside, CA Sep 03, 2013 $130,000
Production Planning Manager The Boldt Company San Francisco, CA Oct 14, 2014 $122,000 -
$124,000
Production and Planning Manager Jyoti Americas LLC Conroe, TX Sep 12, 2012 $119,746 -
$130,000
Production Planning Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Santa Clara, CA Jun 12, 2015 $115,270
SAP Production Planning Quality Management Enginee West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Exton, PA Jun 01, 2014 $109,907 -
$126,707
Principal Advisor-Strategic Production Planning Rio Tinto Services, Inc. South Jordan, UT Sep 03, 2015 $106,000 -
$174,900
Production Planning Manager RPC Bramlage-WIKO USA Inc. Morgantown, PA Jan 10, 2016 $91,374
Production Planning Manager RPC Bramlage-WIKO USA Inc. Morgantown, PA May 30, 2014 $91,000
Production Planning Manager RPC Bramlage-WIKO USA Inc. Morgantown, PA Dec 02, 2014 $91,000
Manager, Production Planning Recellular, Inc. Dexter, MI Oct 05, 2009 $90,000
Production Planning Manager Nobel Biocare USA LLC Yorba Linda, CA Oct 15, 2010 $88,134
Production Planning Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 28, 2014 $87,400
Production Planning Manager Nobel Biocare USA, LLC Yorba Linda, CA Oct 15, 2010 $83,689
Manager, Production Scheduling and Planning Gayesco-WIKA USA, L.P. Pasadena, TX Jul 01, 2016 $80,000
Production Planning Manager ATF, Inc. Lincolnwood, IL Oct 01, 2015 $79,000 -
$89,000
Production Planning Manager Flextronics International USA, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 31, 2013 $77,323
Production, Planning and Control Manager Citron Pharma, LLC East Brunswick, NJ Sep 15, 2015 $75,500
Production Planning & Optimization Manager Nimco Controls Inc. Sturtevant, WI Sep 20, 2016 $75,296 -
$80,000
Production Planning & Scheduling Manager Alum-A-Lift, Inc. GA Jan 02, 2010 $75,000
Production Planning Manager C&C North America, Inc. Raleigh, NC Oct 11, 2010 $75,000
Post Production Planning Manager Kem-Tron Technologies Inc. Stafford, TX Nov 02, 2010 $73,050

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Top Skills for A Production Planning Manager

ProductionCapacityRawMaterialInventoryCustomerServiceISOProceduresMRPInventoryLevelsInventoryControlSafetyLogisticsERPProductLinesProductionFloorSKUCustomerOrdersInventoryManagementProductionControlOn-TimeDeliveryCapacityPlanningShopFloor

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Top Production Planning Manager Skills

  1. Production Capacity
  2. Raw Material Inventory
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Evaluated production capacity and set outsourcing scheduling to integrate with production plan.
  • Reduced raw material inventory from a high of 15 million with 3 turns to 9.5 million and 6 turns per year.
  • Prepared daily Processing and Packaging Line Scheduling to maintain adequate inventory levels and high customer service fulfillment rates.
  • Print Production Screen Engraving Supervisor * Provided associates with daily assignments and weekly production plans.
  • Updated and revised operating procedures to insure high quality to TQM specifications.

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