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Working As A Supplier Quality Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $83,470

    Average Salary

What Does A Supplier Quality Manager Do

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Duties

Industrial engineers typically do the following:

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods that are applied and activities that take place in manufacturing and services
  • Figure out how to manufacture parts or products, or deliver services, with maximum efficiency
  • Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
  • Enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning in order to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects

Industrial engineers apply their skills to many different situations, from manufacturing to healthcare systems to business administration. For example, they design systems for

  • moving heavy parts within manufacturing plants
  • delivering goods from a company to customers, including finding the most profitable places to locate manufacturing or processing plants
  • evaluating job performance
  • paying workers

Industrial engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors, such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers’ safety, environmental concerns, and cost.

To find ways to reduce waste and improve performance, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully. Then they use mathematical methods and models to design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements most efficiently.

Their versatility allows industrial engineers to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofits. For example, industrial engineers engage in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, conduct quality assurance activities to help businesses keep their customer bases satisfied, and work in the growing field of project management as industries across the economy seek to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

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How To Become A Supplier Quality Manager

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.

Education

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Advancement

Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Supplier Quality Manager jobs

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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.0 years
Quality Supervisor 3.6 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 2.6%
Manager 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.8%

Supplier Quality Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Female

20.4%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

73.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Asian

11.7%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.2%

French

12.9%

German

9.7%

Italian

6.5%

Portuguese

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Korean

3.2%
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Supplier Quality Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.6%

Michigan State University

7.6%

Northeastern University

6.5%

Eastern Michigan University

5.4%

Wayne State University

5.4%

Kettering University

5.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.4%

University of Connecticut

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

San Jose State University

4.3%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.3%

Central Michigan University

4.3%

Ferris State University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

San Diego State University

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

DePaul University

3.3%

Western Illinois University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

34.9%

Mechanical Engineering

8.5%

Industrial Engineering

8.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

6.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Industrial Technology

5.0%

Management

4.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.8%

Finance

3.1%

Statistics

2.8%

Engineering

2.5%

Biology

2.2%

Supply Chain Management

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Project Management

1.6%

Chemical Engineering

1.6%

International Business

1.3%

Metallurgical Engineering

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Masters

40.4%

Other

10.2%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

1.2%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Supplier Quality Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supplier Quality Manager Rheem Manufacturing Company Montgomery, AL Jun 12, 2016 $149,500 -
$159,500
Supplier Quality Manager FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 16, 2016 $148,776
Supplier Quality and Pricing Manager Ingenia Polymers, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 22, 2015 $147,500 -
$160,000
Supplier Quality and Pricing Manager Ingenia Polymers, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 15, 2016 $147,500 -
$160,000
Supplier Quality Manager FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 26, 2015 $145,140
Offsite Supplier Quality Manager Kiewit Energy Group Inc. Lenexa, KS Aug 11, 2014 $127,400
Supplier Quality Manager, Driveline and Purchased Transmission FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Dec 16, 2016 $126,235
Manager, Supplier Quality Management Cimpress Detroit, Inc. (Subsidiary of Cimpress USA, Inc.) Detroit, MI Sep 02, 2016 $120,307 -
$127,000
Manager, Supplier Quality Management Cimpress Detroit, Inc. (Subsidiary of Cimpress USA, Inc.) Detroit, MI Feb 09, 2016 $120,307 -
$127,000
Supplier Quality Manager, Driveline & Purchased Transmission FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Dec 31, 2015 $118,955
Supplier Quality Manager Philips Electronics North America Corporation Andover, MA Aug 04, 2015 $115,000
Supplier Quality Manager Philips Electronics North America Corporation Andover, MA Jan 06, 2014 $115,000
Supplier Quality Manager Philips Electronics North America Corporation Andover, MA Jul 06, 2014 $115,000
Manager, QA Supply Chain Sirius XM Radio Inc. Washington, DC Sep 19, 2015 $114,000 -
$137,500
Manager, QA Supply Chain Sirius XM Radio Inc. Washington, DC Jul 26, 2015 $114,000 -
$137,500
Manager, QA Supply Chain Sirius XM Radio Inc. Washington, DC Aug 17, 2016 $110,947 -
$116,500
Mechanical Supplier Quality Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 20, 2012 $110,000
Mechanical Supplier Quality Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2012 $110,000
Supplier Quality and Integration Manager Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Dec 08, 2014 $110,000
Supplier Quality Manager N.S. International, Ltd. Troy, MI Aug 10, 2015 $103,000
Supplier Quality & Development Manager Faurecia Automotive Seating Auburn Hills, MI Dec 02, 2016 $102,000
Supplier Quality Manager Siemens Energy, Inc. OH Dec 01, 2014 $101,850
Manager Supplier Quality American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. Detroit, MI Sep 19, 2011 $101,710
Supply Quality and Development Manager Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jun 30, 2014 $101,175
Manager, QA Supply Chain Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Apr 01, 2016 $101,000
Off Site Supplier Quality Manager Kiewit Energy Group Inc. Lenexa, KS Sep 17, 2014 $100,000
Supplier Quality Manager Philips Ultrasound, Inc. Bothell, WA Jan 21, 2014 $98,000
Manager Supplier Quality American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. Detroit, MI Aug 31, 2009 $97,380

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Top Skills for A Supplier Quality Manager

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Top Supplier Quality Manager Skills

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Quality System Audits
  3. Supply Base
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Key Highlights: Conducted all supplier manufacturing site and quality audits to ensure compliance with company requirements.
  • Performed technical visits and quality system audits on suppliers as required and monitored their production trends and performance.
  • Facilitate internal / external audits Drove Supply base compliance and Lead development of Supply base when needed.
  • Created concept and overall program theme utilizing Intel requirements and expectations to drive continuous improvements throughout the FAB material supply chain.
  • Lead company representative to customer for global PPAP and supplier development questions.

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