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Working As A Senior Manufacturing 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

  • $135,763

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manufacturing 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 Senior Manufacturing 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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Consultant 4.4%
Director 3.4%

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Senior Manufacturing Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

84.3%

Female

12.9%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

10.9%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.5%

German

13.6%

Italian

13.6%

Japanese

9.1%

French

9.1%

Irish

4.5%

Czech

4.5%
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Senior Manufacturing Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.8%

Northeastern University

7.2%

Michigan State University

6.2%

Purdue University

5.2%

San Jose State University

4.1%

Santa Clara University

4.1%

Villanova University

4.1%

Iowa State University

4.1%

Lehigh University

4.1%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.1%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.1%

Johns Hopkins University

3.1%

Stanford University

3.1%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.1%

University of Rhode Island

3.1%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.1%

Ohio State University

3.1%

Boise State University

3.1%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.1%

Portland State University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

37.8%

Management

8.3%

Industrial Engineering

5.8%

Finance

5.2%

Mechanical Engineering

4.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.6%

Chemistry

4.3%

Biology

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Operations Management

2.8%

Project Management

2.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.5%

Psychology

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

42.4%

Bachelors

39.2%

Other

11.9%

Certificate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.9%

Associate

1.7%

License

0.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Senior Manufacturing Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manufacturing Manager-Press Center Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2015 $161,000 -
$175,000
Senior Manager, Manufacturing Integrated Device Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2011 $146,099
SR. Manufacturing Manager-Press Center Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 16, 2014 $145,000 -
$170,000
Senior Manager/Deputy Director Manufacturing Opera Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Oct 01, 2013 $139,173 -
$202,000
Senior Manager for Manufacturing Sciences Lab Bayer Healthcare LLC Berkeley, CA Jan 05, 2016 $135,000
Senior Manager for Manufacturing Sciences Lab Bayer Healthcare LLC Berkeley, CA Sep 20, 2016 $135,000
SR Manager, Outsourced Manufacturing Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Apr 20, 2013 $133,994 -
$140,000
SR. MGR., Co-Mfg. Compliance, Food Safety & Quality Del Monte Foods, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Sep 22, 2016 $133,000 -
$137,000
SR. MGR., Co-Mfg. Compliance, Food Safety & Quality Del Monte Foods, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Sep 24, 2015 $133,000 -
$135,000
SR. Manufacturing Manager ZF Transmissions Gray Court, LLC Gray Court, SC Sep 15, 2015 $130,000
Senior Manager, Manufacturing Enginering BEI Sensors & Systems Company, Inc. Goleta, CA Feb 01, 2012 $126,433
SR. Manager of Manufacturing Engineering Aviat U.S., Inc. Austin, TX Jan 06, 2014 $126,334 -
$189,501
Senior Manager-Advanced Manufacturing Engineering GE Medical Systems, LLC Waukesha, WI Jun 15, 2015 $125,000 -
$135,000
Senior Manufacturing Manager Improved Piping Products, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 18, 2014 $120,000
Senior Manager, External Manufacturing Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Rensselaer, NY Dec 05, 2011 $120,000
Manufacturing Senior Manager Faraday&Future Inc. Gardena, CA Jun 09, 2016 $118,000
Senior Manufacturing Equipment Manager Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 16, 2016 $115,000 -
$125,000
Senior Manager, Manufacturing Innovation BIC Graphic USA, A Division of BIC USA Inc. Clearwater, FL Apr 21, 2015 $114,130 -
$132,600

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  1. Product Line
  2. Process Improvement
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  • Transferred three product lines and technology from Massachusetts Division to the San Jose site and incorporated them into the daily production.
  • Worked closely with quality control personnel regarding process improvements to manufacturing production documents and with manufacturing technology to aseptic fill operations.
  • Recruited by a previous executive manager to assume full manufacturing and training responsibility for ON Semi's most advanced manufacturing facility.
  • Direct reports included Supervisors, Manufacturing Engineers and Supply Chain Analyst.
  • Achieved exceptional results in safety, including ergonomic analysis and implementation of PPE and tools which reduced repetitive injuries.

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