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Working As A Quality Management Specialist

  • 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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Management Specialist 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 Management Specialist

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
Quality Specialist 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Quality Management Specialist
Staff Nurse 14.5%
Internship 6.4%
Manager 4.5%
Nurse 4.2%
Supervisor 3.7%
Specialist 2.8%
Cashier 2.6%
Top Careers After Quality Management Specialist
Manager 6.4%
Consultant 4.2%
Nurse 4.0%
Director 4.0%
Specialist 3.8%

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Quality Management Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

56.3%

Male

33.5%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.3%

French

10.3%

Italian

6.9%

Mandarin

5.2%

Portuguese

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

German

3.4%

Korean

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Hungarian

1.7%

Romanian

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Tagalog

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%
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Quality Management Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.0%

Walden University

7.5%

Capella University

6.9%

Webster University

5.2%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

Arizona State University

4.6%

Johnson & Wales University

4.6%

University of Saint Francis

3.4%

Nova Southeastern University

3.4%

Boston University

3.4%

University of South Florida

2.9%

University of North Florida

2.9%

Ashford University

2.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%

Ohio State University

2.9%

Texas Woman's University

2.9%

The Academy

2.9%

California State University - Los Angeles

2.9%

Hofstra University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

24.9%

Nursing

23.2%

Health Care Administration

7.2%

Management

5.2%

Psychology

4.1%

Biology

3.7%

Social Work

3.2%

Computer Science

2.8%

Accounting

2.7%

Public Health

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Chemistry

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Public Administration

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Finance

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Education

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Masters

30.7%

Other

12.3%

Associate

8.3%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

3.7%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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$63,000
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Weatherford International
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Quality Management Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Quality Management Specialist in the United States is $100,861 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $63,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $159,000.

Real Quality Management Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Regional Quality, Maintenance & Reliability Manage Weatherford International Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $132,600 -
$165,000
Regional Quality, Maintenance & Reliability Manage Weatherford International, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 09, 2012 $132,600 -
$165,000
Quality Management Siemens Industry, Inc. Colorado Springs, CO Sep 24, 2013 $117,400
Quality Management Specialist V Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Jun 18, 2011 $114,900 -
$189,500
Quality Management Specialst III Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Jun 02, 2015 $114,041
Sap-D2C Quality Management SME Teckminds, Inc. Rex, NC Jun 24, 2015 $110,000
SAP Quality and Management Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 17, 2012 $110,000 -
$130,000
Quality Management Specialist III Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Jun 02, 2012 $100,105
Quality Management Specialist III Sap Governance, Risk and Compliance, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 01, 2010 $93,930
Quality Management Specialist Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Jun 01, 2011 $92,000
Quality Management Specialist III Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Jul 19, 2010 $91,445
Revenue Management and Pricing Optimization Qualit Integrated Decisions and Systems, Inc. Cary, NC Jun 24, 2013 $90,000
Quality Management Specialist III Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Aug 05, 2011 $90,000
Quality Management Specialist III Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Sep 19, 2011 $90,000
Quality Management Specialist III Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Oct 15, 2010 $90,000
Quality Management Specialist (Food Science) Aryzta, LLC. Ontario, CA Aug 20, 2015 $80,000
Quality Management Specialist II Sap Labs, LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2012 $78,855
Quality Management Specialist III Sap Governance, Risk and Compliance, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 01, 2010 $78,700 -
$129,700
Quality Management Specialist III Sap Labs, LLC Cambridge, MA Jul 30, 2010 $75,000
Quality Management Systems Specialist Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Mar 02, 2015 $72,000
Quality Management Specialist III Sap Labs, LLC La Crosse, WI Jan 17, 2010 $68,400 -
$112,800
Management Specialist-Quality Assurance Philadelphia Housing Authority Philadelphia, PA Jan 09, 2010 $63,735
Quality Management Specialist The Steritech Group, Inc. Charlotte, NC Dec 31, 2010 $63,500
Quality Management Specialist The Steritech Group, Inc. Charlotte, NC Dec 31, 2010 $63,000
Quality Management Specialist T-Systems North America, Inc. Troy, MI Dec 15, 2013 $59,546

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Top Skills for A Quality Management Specialist

  1. Quality Audits
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Procedures
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  • Performed quarterly/annual quality audits to ensure the constant improvements for each department's processes and procedures to maintain corporate ISO:9000 certification.
  • Interpreted and implemented local operating procedures and Blood Service Directives and enforces to ensure compliance.
  • Audited specific products and the manufacturing methods to determine potential sources of quality defects and to ensure properly documented procedures.
  • Conducted consistent and technically accurate food safety, brand protection, guest satisfaction, and operational excellence audits.
  • Conduct productivity reviews, best practices analyses, process improvement studies, organizational analysis, metrics development and service partnership agreements.

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