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Working As A Senior Quality Assurance 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

  • Stressful

  • $125,910

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Quality Assurance 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 Quality Assurance 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 Manager 4.0 years
Assurance Manager 3.2 years
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Quality Assurance 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.5%

Senior Quality Assurance Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

64.8%

Female

31.7%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

71.6%

Asian

15.3%

Hispanic or Latino

8.2%

Unknown

3.9%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.6%

Japanese

15.4%

Chinese

11.5%

Mandarin

11.5%

German

7.7%

Cantonese

7.7%

Hebrew

3.8%

French

3.8%

Hindi

3.8%
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Senior Quality Assurance Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.7%

Liberty University

7.5%

Strayer University

5.6%

Arizona State University

4.7%

National University

4.7%

Villanova University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

University of Northern Colorado

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

Community College of the Air Force

3.7%

New York University

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

University of California - Berkeley

3.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%

San Diego State University

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.7%

Washington State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

29.2%

Computer Science

12.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Management

4.3%

Biology

4.3%

Information Technology

4.1%

Chemistry

3.6%

Project Management

3.6%

Finance

2.9%

Psychology

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Engineering

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Mathematics

2.5%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Marketing

2.0%

Education

1.8%

English

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Masters

30.0%

Other

13.8%

Associate

3.8%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Quality Assurance Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager, Quality Assurance Prosper Marketplace, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 24, 2015 $172,827 -
$198,000
Senior QA Manager The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Jersey City, NJ Oct 27, 2016 $165,000
SR. Manager, Quality Assurance Ten-X, LLC Belmont, CA Dec 07, 2016 $161,748
Senior Manager-Qa Bahwan Cybertek, Inc. Natick, MA Jun 27, 2016 $154,500
SR. Manager, Quality Assurance Ten-X, LLC Belmont, CA Feb 09, 2016 $153,361
SR. Manager, QA Tibco Software Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 12, 2015 $152,901
Senior Manager QA Sapient Corporation Jersey City, NJ Aug 02, 2014 $147,000
Senior Manager, Quality Assurance Red Hat, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 14, 2012 $145,000 -
$155,000
Senior Manager, Quality Assurance Capital One Services II LLC Oakland, CA Jan 10, 2016 $142,500 -
$186,700
Senior Manager, Quality Assurance Validation Icon Clinical Research, Inc. North Wales, PA Oct 01, 2015 $142,278
Senior Manager, Quality Assurance Validation Icon Clinical Research, Inc. North Wales, PA Jul 30, 2015 $142,278
SR. Manager Quality Assurance Tibco Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2014 $142,000
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Sep 12, 2016 $141,800
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Zynga, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2014 $134,000 -
$154,000
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Zynga Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2014 $134,000
SR. Manager Quality Assurance Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA May 30, 2016 $133,945 -
$173,840
Senior Software Quality Assurance Manager Servicesource Delaware, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $130,000
SR. QA Manager Altek Information Technology Inc. Frederick, MD Aug 01, 2010 $129,916
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Attask, Inc. Orem, UT Jul 25, 2011 $127,500
Quality Assurance Manager Senior FIS Management Services LLC Franklin, TN Oct 16, 2014 $126,485 -
$140,000
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Kodak Imaging Network, Inc. Emeryville, CA Aug 20, 2011 $125,016
Senior Manager-QA Knowledgepath Solutions LLC Pittsburgh, PA Dec 31, 2015 $103,718
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Dish Network LLC Englewood, CO Jul 08, 2013 $102,170 -
$129,500
Senior Project Manager/Qa Manager State Street Bank and Trust Company Boston, MA Sep 20, 2013 $100,500
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Zynga Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2011 $100,360 -
$140,000
Senior Manager-Quality Assurance Valuemomentum, Inc. Erie, PA Jun 21, 2016 $100,000
Senior Quality Assurance Manager, Tools Ringcentral, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 15, 2011 $100,000
Senior Quality Assurance Manager Incontact Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Feb 02, 2016 $100,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Quality Assurance Manager

QAEngineersProceduresTestPlansEnsureComplianceDeliveryProjectManagementTestCasesWebProcessImprovementInternalAuditsQualitySystemSdlcRegulatoryComplianceISOTestDataFDAUATTestStrategyTestAutomationQTP

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Top Senior Quality Assurance Manager Skills

  1. QA Engineers
  2. Procedures
  3. Test Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated with project management and development managers to ensure QA engineers were properly allocated to projects.
  • Implement established processes, procedures, and systems to assure compliance with applicable regulations and Company standards.
  • Developed requirements, use cases, test plans, and provided resource scheduling for Program Managers.
  • Monitor all plant operations to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and customer requirements.
  • Guided multiple projects that involve military purchasing, delivery and security.

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