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Working As A Vice President, Manufacturing Operations

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $112,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President, Manufacturing Operations Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Vice President, Manufacturing Operations

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Vice President, Manufacturing Operations Career Paths

Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
Plant Manager General Manager
Regional General Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager General Manager Vice President
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Project Manager General Manager
General Manager Of Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Vice President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Vice President Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Regional Vice President Sales Vice President
Vice President Of Sales & Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President President Maintenance Director
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President Vice President And Manager Regional Director
Store Director
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President Vice President And Manager Service Director
Director Of Service And Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Manufacturing Vice President & General Manager Managing Director
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Manufacturing Managing Director Director, Procurement
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Manufacturing Managing Director Director Of Quality
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Branch Manager Area Manager
Area Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Project Manager Quality Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Maintenance Manager Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Warehouse Manager Store Manager
Multi-Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Warehouse Manager Terminal Manager
Service Center Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Sales Manager Managing Partner
Operating Partner
8 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Safety Manager Loss Prevention Manager
Operations Manager, District
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Plant Manager 5.8 years
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Top Careers Before Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
Manager 4.7%
Director 3.2%
Top Careers After Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
President 6.9%
Consultant 5.9%

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Highest Vice President, Manufacturing Operations Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President of Manufacturing Operations ZT Group International, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Sep 18, 2013 $300,000
Vice President of Manufacturing Operations Shiloh Corporation Valleyview, OH Jan 24, 2011 $180,000
VP of Solar Module Manufacturing Operations Motech Americas LLC Newark, DE Jan 01, 2011 $110,989
VP of Solar Module Manufacturing Operations Motech Americas LLC Newark, DE Dec 29, 2010 $110,989

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Top Skills for A Vice President, Manufacturing Operations

  1. Facility
  2. Cost Savings
  3. Supply Chain
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed staffing of all personnel required to refurbish, qualify and operate the Gen4 manufacturing facility.
  • Delivered $4 million per year in cost savings through consolidation of manufacturing locations.
  • Hired and trained personal in processes and communication with overseas factories Developed streamlined supply chain operations for domestic vendors.
  • Completed qualitative and quantitative analysis of logistics operations using simulation models and other tools to increase EBITDA.
  • Negotiated a 3rd party warehousing and distribution model that improved customer service levels, increased operational efficiency and lowered operating costs.

Vice President, Manufacturing Operations Demographics

Gender

Male

89.0%

Female

6.9%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

9.6%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Vice President, Manufacturing Operations Education

Schools

North Carolina State University

6.9%

San Jose State University

6.9%

Pennsylvania State University

6.9%

Purdue University

6.9%

Pepperdine University

6.9%

Suffolk County Community College

5.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.2%

Fordham University

5.2%

Capella University

5.2%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

Clemson University

5.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5.2%

Northwestern University

5.2%

Washington State University

3.4%

University of San Francisco

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of Rochester

3.4%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.4%

Saint John's University - New York

3.4%

Norwich University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

38.7%

Mechanical Engineering

9.8%

Management

9.3%

Electrical Engineering

7.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.9%

Accounting

3.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.9%

Finance

2.9%

Industrial Engineering

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Project Management

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Apparel And Textiles

1.5%

Biology

1.5%

Elementary Education

1.5%

Operations Management

1.5%

Chemical Engineering

1.5%

Chemistry

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Political Science

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Masters

32.4%

Other

11.1%

Associate

4.6%

Doctorate

4.6%

Certificate

3.1%
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