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Working As A Senior Quality 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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Quality 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 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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Senior Quality Manager Career Paths

Senior Quality Manager
Director Of Quality Operations Director
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Senior Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Vice President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Program Management
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director Director
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director Senior Director
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Vice President
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Director Vice President
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Operations Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Operations Manager Operations Vice President
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Operations Manager Owner/Operator
General Manager Of Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Associate Director Assistant Vice President
Compliance Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Associate Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Associate Director Finance Director
Director Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management Senior Director
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management Chief Operating Officer
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management
Director Of Continuous Improvement
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President Marketing Vice President
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Manager Senior Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Global Director
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Global Director Managing Director
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Global Director Chief Information Officer
Director Of Professional Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager-Systems
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager-Systems Director Of Product Development
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager-Systems Engineering Director
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.1 years
Quality Supervisor 3.8 years
Quality Lead 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Quality Manager
Manager 5.1%
Top Careers After Senior Quality Manager
Director 3.6%
Consultant 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$100,000
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$68,000
Min 10%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Amazon
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Senior Quality Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Quality Manager in the United States is $100,881 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $147,000.

Real Senior Quality Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Quality, Operations and Materials Manager Dovre Group Inc. Houston, TX Mar 26, 2011 $260,000
SR. Manager-Quality Assurance.com Ann Taylor, Inc. New York, NY May 13, 2016 $200,928
Senior Manager, Software Quality Micron Technology, Inc. Austin, TX Jul 18, 2016 $172,307
Senior Power Quality Product Manager Power Standards Lab Alameda, CA Sep 06, 2013 $150,000
Senior Manager Quality Algorithm and Sensor Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 20, 2014 $150,000
Senior Manager of Software Quality Polycom, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2011 $146,500 -
$160,000
Senior Manager, Customer Database Quality Santander Bank, N.A. Boston, MA Jun 22, 2016 $145,400
Senior Manager, Customer Database Quality Santander Bank, N.A. Boston, MA Aug 26, 2016 $145,400
Senior Manager Quality Compliance Map Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 10, 2011 $145,000
Senior Manager, Quality Control PDM Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 12, 2015 $143,580
Senior Manager, Software Quality Control Netsuite Inc. San Mateo, CA Dec 02, 2013 $141,075
Senior Manager Quality Improvement Yazaki North America, Inc. Canton, MI Sep 16, 2016 $141,066
Senior Manager, Quality Control Ohm Laboratories, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Sep 12, 2011 $141,044
Quality SR MGR I Baker Hughes Incorporated Tomball, TX Apr 05, 2016 $135,200
SR. Quality Manager Kerry Inc. Jackson, WI Oct 29, 2015 $130,000
SR. Quality Manager Kerry Inc. Jackson, WI Oct 23, 2015 $130,000
Senior Quality Manager Gridco, Inc. Woburn, MA Sep 10, 2015 $129,584
Senior Manager, FAB Quality Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 23, 2015 $129,356
SR. Manager, Image Quality CSR Technology Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 29, 2014 $127,000
Senior Manager, Software Quality Control Netsuite Inc. San Mateo, CA Dec 02, 2013 $126,120
Senior Manager, Software Quality Control Netsuite Inc. San Mateo, CA Nov 15, 2013 $126,120
SR. Manager, Process Improvement and Quality Progr The Jackson Laboratory Sacramento, CA Feb 09, 2013 $124,574
Senior Manager, Quality Nimble Storage, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 19, 2012 $115,981 -
$145,000
SR. Manager, Quality Control Invagen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 22, 2016 $115,200
Senior Manager-Quality Measurement, Analysis and Affinity Health Plan, Inc. New York, NY Apr 11, 2010 $111,182
Senior Manager of Customer Quality and Warranty N.S. International, Ltd. Troy, MI Jul 09, 2016 $109,000
Senior Manager, Global Quality Compliance Mylan Inc. Canonsburg, PA Jul 09, 2016 $108,000
Senior Manager, Quality Assurance.com Ann Taylor, Inc. New York, NY Jun 25, 2015 $106,300
Senior Manager, Service Quality and Analytics Level 3 Communications, LLC Broomfield, CO Sep 26, 2014 $103,000
Senior Quality/M&P/Process Manager at&T Services, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 06, 2011 $97,155

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Top Skills for A Senior Quality Manager

  1. Product Quality
  2. Supplier Quality
  3. Process Improvement
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented a self-developed quality engineering laboratory for design of experiments dealing with vendor product quality and supplier quality issues.
  • Provide company strategic direction/vision for Supplier Quality and deliver input to develop/set strategies for Manufacturing and Service Quality teams.
  • Key involvement in Engineering Process Improvement along with supervision and auditing of all design related projects using the product realization process.
  • Manage programs providing ongoing evaluation and support to ensure compliance with standardized protocols and processes.
  • Served as liaison for interdisciplinary departments to share information about maximizing the quality of care.

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Senior Quality Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

62.2%

Female

28.6%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

11.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

German

11.1%

French

8.3%

Portuguese

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Chinese

2.8%

Albanian

2.8%

Dutch

2.8%

Greek

2.8%

Bengali

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Tongan

2.8%

Hindi

2.8%
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Senior Quality Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Villanova University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

Western Michigan University

4.4%

Michigan State University

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

Brigham Young University

3.3%

University of Washington

3.3%

Texas Tech University

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.3%

University of Florida

3.3%

University of Houston

3.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

National University

2.7%

George Washington University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

34.2%

Mechanical Engineering

6.8%

Management

6.5%

Industrial Engineering

5.9%

Chemistry

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Project Management

4.5%

Biology

4.0%

Computer Science

3.8%

Finance

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Nursing

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.7%

Accounting

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Masters

39.6%

Other

10.1%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

3.1%

Associate

2.9%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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