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Working As a Quality Assurance Product 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

  • $121,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Assurance Product 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 Quality Assurance Product 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 Supervisor 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Quality Assurance Product Manager
Manager 5.4%
Top Careers After Quality Assurance Product Manager
Consultant 4.1%
Manager 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$121,000
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$92,000
Min 10%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$158,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
NORPAC Foods
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Quality Assurance Product Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Quality Assurance Product Manager in the United States is $121,461 per year or $58 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $92,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $158,000.

Real Quality Assurance Product Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Manager, QA EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 08, 2016 $154,499
Manager, Digital Products QA Nook Digital LLC Santa Clara, CA Aug 03, 2016 $150,000
QA Manager-Product Development Oracle America, Inc. CA Nov 29, 2014 $138,802 -
$140,043
QA Manager-Product Development Oracle America, Inc. CA May 03, 2014 $137,860 -
$140,043
QA Manager-Product Development Oracle America, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 15, 2013 $134,697 -
$168,007
U.S. Product Support & Qa/Qc Manager/Field Test Manager Ryan Directional Services Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $126,374
QA Manager, Saas Products Vendavo, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 02, 2014 $123,165
Product and QA Manager Mgage, LLC Los Angeles, CA Apr 28, 2015 $121,000 -
$125,000
Manager-Product and QA Search Optics LLC San Diego, CA Jan 06, 2016 $120,000
Manager-Product and QA Search Optics LLC San Diego, CA Aug 02, 2016 $120,000
Manager, Product Assurance Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Aug 24, 2015 $102,814 -
$121,462
Manager of Product Development/Quality Assurance S Lehigh Valley Technologies, Inc. Allentown, PA Dec 01, 2011 $100,000 -
$110,000
Manager-Product Assurance Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Nov 19, 2009 $94,448
Manager, Product Compliance & Qa/Testing Paltronics, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Aug 12, 2015 $91,915
Product/Quality Assurance Manager Wildfire Interactive, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 08, 2010 $80,000
Quality Assurance Manager, Farm Product Han Ah REUM Corporation Falls Church, VA Jan 02, 2010 $79,306
Quality Assurance Manager, Farm Product Han Ah REUM Corporation Falls Church, VA Sep 13, 2010 $79,306
Product Development & Quality Assurance Manager EGR, Inc. Ontario, CA Jan 01, 2013 $79,000
Product Development Manager/QA Manager EGR, Inc. Ontario, CA Feb 07, 2011 $76,640
Manager, Product Compliance and Qa/Testing Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Aug 01, 2014 $75,150 -
$92,185
Product Quality Assurance Manager JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. Arlington, VA Feb 20, 2016 $75,000
Quality Assurance/Product Specification & Packaging Manager Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary Greeley, CO Jul 09, 2016 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Quality Assurance Product Manager

  1. New Product Development
  2. QA
  3. Product Quality
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Teamed with Engineering and Manufacturing divisions to provide technical feedback on new product developments.
  • Represent QA on process investigation teams, deviations / OOS investigations; participated in regulatory inspections.
  • Led several complex cross-functional system integration projects to streamline and optimize the collection and utilization of product quality related information.
  • Developed Test Plans, Test Cases and Test Schedules for the EzLabor Manager Application.
  • Maintained good working relationship with contractors to ensure compliance with product complaint investigation completed on time.

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Quality Assurance Product Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

64.4%

Female

25.1%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.2%

Chinese

16.7%

Japanese

16.7%

French

11.1%

German

5.6%

Cantonese

5.6%

Persian

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%
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Quality Assurance Product Manager Education

Schools

University of Texas at Austin

9.1%

University of Phoenix

7.6%

San Jose State University

6.1%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

6.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

6.1%

George Washington University

6.1%

Colorado State University

6.1%

Stevens Institute of Technology

6.1%

Southern Connecticut State University

4.5%

University of California - Davis

4.5%

Western Washington University

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.5%

Metropolitan State University of Denver

4.5%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.5%

University of Connecticut

3.0%

North Carolina State University

3.0%

Eastern Washington University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

University of Iowa

3.0%
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Majors

Business

25.6%

Computer Science

11.9%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Biology

7.3%

Chemistry

5.0%

Mechanical Engineering

4.6%

Management

4.1%

Food Science

3.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Pharmacy

2.7%

Microbiology

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.7%

Masters

30.7%

Other

11.7%

Certificate

6.4%

Associate

5.6%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.8%
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