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Working As A Value Stream 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

  • $101,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Value Stream 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 Value Stream 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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Value Stream Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

86.4%

Female

12.0%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

67.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Japanese

16.7%

German

8.3%

Cherokee

8.3%

Gujarati

8.3%

Hindi

8.3%
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Value Stream Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Purdue University

8.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

7.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.9%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.1%

Tennessee Technological University

5.1%

University of Notre Dame

4.4%

Northern Illinois University

4.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

Syracuse University

2.9%

Ashford University

2.9%

Indiana Institute of Technology

2.9%

Webster University

2.9%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

2.9%

University of Louisville

2.9%

University of Wisconsin Extension

2.9%
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Majors

Business

41.2%

Management

9.1%

Mechanical Engineering

7.1%

Industrial Technology

6.3%

Industrial Engineering

4.9%

Operations Management

3.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.2%

Project Management

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Supply Chain Management

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Education

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Political Science

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Computer Science

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

30.3%

Other

12.6%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Value Stream Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager-Instant Streaming Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Apr 01, 2010 $180,000 -
$215,000
Manager, Value Stream Gyrus ACMI, Inc. Brooklyn Park, MN Oct 27, 2016 $124,675 -
$152,890
Heor Value Demonstration Manager Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Dec 18, 2015 $121,700 -
$144,740
Value Stream Manager Crane Co. Los Angeles, CA Nov 26, 2015 $120,000
Heor Value Demonstration Manager Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Sep 12, 2015 $119,340 -
$137,500
Heor Value Demonstration Manager Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Jul 22, 2016 $119,340 -
$137,500
Heor Value Demonstration Manager Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Nov 17, 2014 $119,340 -
$137,500
SR. Value Stream Manager Medtronic, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Apr 01, 2014 $119,163 -
$125,470
Rapidvalue BPM Manager Columbus It Partner USA, Inc. Frederick, MD Jul 30, 2015 $117,582
NPO RAN Stream Manager Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Feb 10, 2015 $114,504
Manager of Value and Access Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Aug 19, 2014 $106,500
SR. Value Stream Engineering Manager Medtronic, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Apr 01, 2011 $105,602 -
$125,470
Manager, Healthcare Economics & Value Assessment Smith & Nephew, Inc. Andover, MA Jan 08, 2016 $105,000
Value Stream Manager SMR Automotive Systems USA, Inc. Marysville, MI Sep 15, 2011 $103,938
Value Stream Manager-Moulding Mars Chocolate North America, LLC Elizabethtown, PA Jan 10, 2014 $100,000
Value Stream Manager-Moulding Mars Chocolate North America, LLC Elizabethtown, PA May 13, 2015 $94,910 -
$114,500
Value Stream Manager Whirlpool Corporation Amana, IA Apr 01, 2013 $92,500
Value Stream Manager Pentair Water Pool and Spa Moorpark, CA Oct 03, 2012 $89,565
Value Stream Business Manager Cummins Filtration, Inc. Cookeville, TN Dec 10, 2014 $88,800 -
$109,700
Value Stream Business Manager Cummins Filtration Inc. Cookeville, TN Jul 10, 2015 $88,800 -
$109,700
Value Stream Business Manager Cummins Filtration, Inc. Cookeville, TN Oct 12, 2014 $88,800 -
$109,700
Value Stream Manager GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics El Cajon, CA Sep 05, 2016 $86,798
Value Stream Manager Cummins Inc. Ladson, SC Sep 30, 2014 $84,282 -
$95,200
Production Value Stream Manager Armstrong World Industries, Inc. Aberdeen, MD Sep 20, 2012 $83,458
Value Stream Leader General Electric Company Grove City, PA Sep 06, 2011 $83,000
Value Stream Manager The Carlstar Group LLC McDonough, GA Aug 03, 2015 $81,618
Value Stream Manager Parker Hannifin Corporation Eaton, OH Oct 10, 2016 $81,000 -
$91,000
Value Stream Manager CTP Transportation Products, LLC McDonough, GA Aug 03, 2015 $80,018
Value Stream Manager Borgwarner Emissions Systems, Inc. Water Valley, MS Jun 19, 2014 $80,000

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  • Value Stream Leader/Project Manager Responsible for management of seven direct and 70 indirect manufacturing associates.
  • Developed scheduling and tracking boards for internal processes resulting in increased on-time delivery of metal and forming areas.
  • Perform quality and safety incident investigations and process safety management audits.
  • Perform liaison between Management policy level positions and multiple shift manufacturing positions accountable for effective problem resolution and process improvements.
  • Managed Metal Stamping and Metal Sleeves area by developing my team of Manufacturing/Quality Engineers and Production Supervisors.

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