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Working As A Quality Lead

  • 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

  • $93,017

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Lead 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 Lead

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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Quality Lead Career Paths

Quality Lead
Quality Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Corporate Quality Assurance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Operations Director
Director Of Continuous Improvement
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Plant Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Construction Manager Quality Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Manager, Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Supervisor
Plant/Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Leader Manufacturing Engineer Supplier Quality Engineer
Product Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Inspector Quality Engineer
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Senior Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Mechanical Inspector Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Quality Control Manager
Quality Control Director
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Supervisor Laboratory Manager Quality Engineer
Quality Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Senior Training Specialist
Quality Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Director Of Quality
Vice-President Of Quality
15 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.0 years
Quality Supervisor 3.7 years
Quality Specialist 3.0 years
Quality Lead 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 5.5%
Supervisor 3.7%
Consultant 3.5%
Cashier 3.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.8%
Supervisor 3.4%
Manager 3.4%

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Quality Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

57.0%

Female

40.9%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Asian

11.2%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.9%

German

6.3%

French

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Hindi

3.2%

Russian

2.1%

Turkish

2.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Kannada

1.1%

Occidental

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Coptic

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Thai

1.1%
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Quality Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

6.2%

Michigan State University

5.7%

Purdue University

5.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.2%

Villanova University

4.7%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.1%

University of Alabama

3.6%

University of Toledo

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Howard University

3.6%

Eastern Michigan University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

Wayne State University

3.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.1%

Ashford University

3.1%

Troy University

3.1%

College of Charleston

3.1%
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Majors

Business

33.5%

Management

5.9%

Mechanical Engineering

5.9%

Computer Science

5.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Biology

3.8%

Industrial Engineering

3.8%

Nursing

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Education

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Accounting

2.9%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Chemistry

2.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.7%

Finance

2.6%

Communication

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Engineering

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.4%

Masters

25.9%

Other

20.7%

Associate

9.8%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Quality Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Director, Beverage Cluster Lead Kerry Inc. Algonquin, IL Nov 09, 2015 $150,000
Quality Director, Beverage Cluster Lead Kerry Inc. Clark, NJ Sep 11, 2015 $150,000
Quality Director, Beverage Cluster Lead Kerry Inc. Algonquin, IL Sep 11, 2015 $150,000
Quality Engineering Lead Naehas, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 15, 2016 $142,500 -
$162,000
Quality Engineering Lead Naehas, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 13, 2014 $140,000
Data Quality Lead Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Jersey City, NJ May 12, 2016 $130,000
Advanced Quality Planning Leader Ingersoll Rand Company Minneapolis, MN Jan 05, 2015 $130,000
Site Quality Leader Zoetis Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 13, 2016 $129,397
Quality Lead (Engineer) Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc. Newark, CA Jul 25, 2015 $126,000
Quality, Security & Governance Leader Columbus Networks USA (2015), Inc. North Miami Beach, FL Jun 22, 2015 $120,750
Quality Engineering Lead Appcelerator, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 28, 2014 $120,000 -
$130,000
Quality Management System Lead Aegle Care, Inc. Waltham, MA Dec 20, 2016 $115,000
Quality Engineering Lead Adobe Systems Incorporated New York, NY May 15, 2015 $112,154
Quality Leader Creation Technologies San Jose, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 22, 2014 $110,000 -
$130,000
Process Quality Leader OCI Wyoming Co. Green River, WY Jan 20, 2016 $98,910
Quality Control Lead Minsa Corporation Muleshoe, TX Oct 27, 2016 $98,717
Quality Leader I Freeport-McMoran Morenci Inc. Morenci, AZ Sep 30, 2014 $98,400
Quality Operations Leader, Itsd Corning Incorporated Corning, NY Sep 19, 2013 $97,979
Design Quality Launch Lead General Motors Company Warren, MI Nov 08, 2016 $97,488
Process Quality Leader OCI Wyoming Co Green River, WY Apr 01, 2013 $97,000
Category Quality Leader Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Jan 05, 2015 $77,000
Special Processes and Quality Leader Walbar Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 15, 2013 $76,274 -
$88,459
Quality Leader General Electric Company Hanover Park, IL Sep 06, 2013 $75,700
Quality Lead Nagarro, Inc. Coopersburg, PA Aug 24, 2015 $75,600
Quality Lead Nagarro, Inc. Coopersburg, PA Mar 03, 2014 $75,600
Quality Lead Nagarro, Inc. Coopersburg, PA Sep 03, 2014 $75,600
Quality Control Leader DMG Mori Manufacturing USA, Inc. Davis, CA Jan 15, 2016 $75,212 -
$96,440
Quality Lead Nagarro, Inc. New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Quality Lead

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  1. Product Quality
  2. Compliance
  3. Quality Standards
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  • Communicated customer, regulatory and organizational requirements to ensure product quality, environmental safety, contract compliance, and customer satisfaction.
  • Performed ongoing process compliance audits to validate process performance and identify opportunities for improvements.
  • Carried out validation procedures to ensure all system modifications meet end-user requirements and quality standards.
  • Developed quality control procedures & trained personnel
  • Performed sample audits and produced corrective action reports for negative trending and elevated to appropriate management.

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