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Working As A Senior Production 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

  • $104,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Production 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 Production 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
Production Manager 4.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Production Manager
Manager 4.4%
Supervisor 2.4%
Top Careers After Senior Production Manager
Director 3.7%
Manager 3.5%
Owner 3.0%
Consultant 3.0%

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Senior Production Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

58.8%

Female

31.4%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Mandarin

8.9%

Japanese

4.4%

French

4.4%

Hindi

4.4%

Korean

4.4%

Portuguese

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

German

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Gujarati

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%
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Senior Production Manager Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

14.8%

University of Phoenix

14.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.2%

New York University

5.7%

Purdue University

5.3%

University of South Florida

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Temple University

3.8%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.8%

Boston University

3.8%

American University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Syracuse University

3.3%

University of California - Berkeley

3.3%

George Washington University

3.3%

San Francisco State University

3.3%

Emerson College

3.3%

University of Delaware

3.3%

Brigham Young University

2.9%

University of North Texas

2.9%
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Majors

Business

30.8%

Graphic Design

10.4%

Marketing

7.6%

Communication

7.0%

Fine Arts

6.5%

Management

3.9%

English

3.3%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

3.1%

Computer Science

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Psychology

2.8%

Photography

2.6%

Finance

2.2%

Graphic Communications

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Design And Visual Communication

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Chemistry

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Journalism

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.6%

Other

18.4%

Masters

16.2%

Associate

8.5%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$71,000
Min 10%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
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$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$154,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Senior Production Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Production Manager in the United States is $104,775 per year or $50 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $71,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $154,000.

Real Senior Production Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager Ecommerce Production Support Bed Bath and Beyond, Inc. Union, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $175,000
Senior Production Manager American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. New York, NY Nov 17, 2014 $150,000
Senior Production Manager Permobil, Inc. Lebanon, TN Oct 01, 2015 $141,000
Senior Production Manager The Row LLC New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $140,000
Production Senior Manager Sandoz, Inc. Broomfield, CO Dec 01, 2012 $128,365
Production Senior Manager Sandoz, Inc. Broomfield, CO Dec 01, 2013 $128,365
Senior Production Manager Sandoz, Inc. Wilson, NC Sep 21, 2013 $127,500
Senior Production & Operations Manager Stiletto Marketing New York, NY Mar 03, 2014 $126,000
Knitwear Senior Production Manager Marc Jacobs International, LLC New York, NY Jul 13, 2013 $125,466 -
$135,000
SR. Production Manager E & E Co., Ltd. DBA JLA Home Fremont, CA Apr 20, 2015 $123,219
Senior Manager Production American Eagle Outfitter's Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $120,005
Senior Manager, Production Healthpoint, Ltd. Fort Worth, TX Jan 01, 2012 $120,000
SR. Production Manager E & E Co., Ltd. Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2013 $115,000
Senior Production Manager Elixir Medical Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Feb 16, 2016 $113,277 -
$115,000
Senior Production Manager Elixir Medical Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Feb 24, 2016 $113,277 -
$140,000
Senior Production Manager American Eagle Outfitter's Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $112,000
Senior Production Manager Jones Jeanswear Group, Inc. New York, NY Jul 19, 2014 $110,000 -
$150,000
Senior Production Manager Michael KORS USA, Inc. New York, NY Jul 25, 2011 $110,000
Senior Manager, Production Nexon America, Inc. El Segundo, CA Aug 05, 2014 $100,000 -
$110,000
Senior Production Manager Jones Jeanswear Group Inc. New York, NY Jul 15, 2012 $99,100 -
$150,000
Senior Production Manager Jones Jeanswear Group Inc. New York, NY Dec 27, 2011 $99,100 -
$150,000
Senior Production Manager Urban Outfitters, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Apr 18, 2016 $98,405
SR. Production Manager E & E Co., Ltd. Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2010 $95,000
Senior Production Manager NGC Network Us LLC Washington, DC Jul 11, 2011 $94,793
Senior Production Manager National Geographic Channel Network Us, LLC Washington, DC Jul 11, 2011 $94,793
Senior Production Manager Advanced Structural Alloys, LLC Oxnard, CA Sep 13, 2013 $94,515

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Top Skills for A Senior Production Manager

  1. ISO
  2. Customer Service
  3. Entire Production Process
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  • Provided leadership and technical training to supervisors as well as operational support to production managers.
  • Strengthened the team by identifying and implementing best practices in areas of day-to-day operation, customer service, and vendor relations.
  • Develop monthly/yearly production schedules and estimated cost budgets while monitoring manufacturing cycle performance to insure integrity of mailing schedule.
  • Led process improvement team on investigating and resolving process deficiencies that resulted in cost reductions during muffler production.
  • Gather job requirements and perform procurement and project management of campaign or effort with understanding of objectives.

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