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Working As A Vice President Of Manufacturing

  • 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

  • $131,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President Of Manufacturing 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 Vice President Of Manufacturing

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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Vice President Of Manufacturing Career Paths

Vice President Of Manufacturing
Operations Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer And Operator
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Vice President
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President Product Development
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Vice President
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Director
Global Supply Chain Director
15 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Global Operations
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Production
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Operating Officer
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Plant Manager 5.8 years
Top Careers Before Vice President Of Manufacturing
Manager 3.7%
Director 2.1%
President 1.9%
Top Careers After Vice President Of Manufacturing
President 6.6%
Consultant 5.1%
Owner 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$131,000
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$92,000
Min 10%
$131,000
Median 50%
$131,000
Median 50%
$131,000
Median 50%
$131,000
Median 50%
$131,000
Median 50%
$131,000
Median 50%
$131,000
Median 50%
$186,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
AlixPartners
Highest Paying City
Richmond, CA
Highest Paying State
Idaho
Avg Experience Level
5.5 years
How much does a Vice President Of Manufacturing make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Vice President Of Manufacturing in the United States is $131,548 per year or $63 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $92,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $186,000.

Real Vice President Of Manufacturing Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
VP, Global Head of Manufacturing H.J. Heinz Company Pittsburgh, PA Sep 01, 2015 $300,000
VP Apparel Creation & Advanced Manufacturing VF Outdoor LLC Alameda, CA Sep 09, 2016 $250,000
Vice President of Manufacturing Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd. Magnolia, TX Oct 10, 2016 $230,000
Vice President, Global Advanced Manufacturing Engineering A123 Systems LLC Livonia, MI Oct 09, 2016 $202,907 -
$269,794
Vice President of Manufacturing Nextant Aerospace, LLC Cleveland, OH Aug 27, 2012 $200,000
Vice President-Fort Worth Manufacturing SPM Flow Control, Inc. Fort Worth, TX May 25, 2013 $200,000
V.P. of Manufacturing Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P. Fort Worth, TX Oct 01, 2010 $200,000
Vice President, Operations and Manufacturing Translucent, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 03, 2009 $176,000
VP Original Equipment Manufacturer Relationships Seeing MacHines, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 15, 2015 $175,000 -
$250,000
Vice President of Global Manufacturing & Lean Ente Varel International Ind., L.P. Carrollton, TX Sep 30, 2012 $170,000 -
$195,100
Vice President of Manufacturing Sunrise Apparel Group LLC New York, NY Mar 01, 2011 $164,996
VP-Manufacturing KBI Biopharma, Inc. Durham, NC Oct 01, 2012 $158,059 -
$250,000
Vice President Lean Manufacturing SPM Flow Control, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jan 01, 2011 $155,142
Vice President of Manufacturing Petroleum Products and Services Inc. Tomball, TX May 13, 2016 $151,653
V.P. Manufacturing Aurolife Pharma LLC Dayton, NJ Sep 09, 2014 $150,000
Vice President of Manufacturing Great Lakes Towers, LLC Monroe, MI Oct 01, 2011 $150,000
Vice President of Processes and Manufacturing Alphabet Energy, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2010 $144,061 -
$190,000
VP of Manufacturing Professional Tool Grinding, Inc. Easton, MA Aug 09, 2016 $140,000
VP, Manufacturing World Transload & Logistics LLC New Hope, MN Sep 08, 2013 $126,131 -
$150,000
Vice President of Manufacturing Petroleum Products and Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2013 $120,000
Vice President of Manufacturing Petroleum Products and Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2013 $120,000
VP of Advanced Manufacturing Nascent Objects, Inc. San Carlos, CA Sep 18, 2015 $120,000 -
$150,000
VP of Manufacturing Sunprint, Inc. Richmond, CA Mar 01, 2010 $116,230
Vice President of Manufacturing Sunprint, Inc. Richmond, CA Mar 01, 2010 $116,230
VP of Manufacturing Sunprint, Inc. Richmond, CA Mar 29, 2010 $116,230
VP of Advanced Manufacturing Nascent Objects, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 12, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
V.P. of Manufacturing RNS International, Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 19, 2011 $110,000
Vice-President of Manufacturing Appareo Systems, LLC Fargo, ND Jun 22, 2016 $104,500

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Top Skills for A Vice President Of Manufacturing

  1. New Product Development
  2. Production Facilities
  3. Safety Program
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in New Product Development Team, operating in stage-gate process to meet customer product offering demand and challenge competitor offerings.
  • Developed new production facilities for two new hand-held endoscopic cameras and monitoring systems.
  • Improved company safety program which resulted in an improved workers comp modification rate.
  • Increased finished goods on-time delivery an average of 19% by implementing operator autonomous maintenance.
  • Cost Savings/Negotiations: dramatic annual supply cost reduction.

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Vice President Of Manufacturing Demographics

Gender

Male

88.8%

Unknown

5.8%

Female

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

65.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.8%

German

12.9%

Portuguese

6.5%

Japanese

6.5%

Italian

6.5%

Chinese

3.2%

Hebrew

3.2%

French

3.2%

Norwegian

3.2%
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Vice President Of Manufacturing Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

8.3%

Purdue University

6.8%

Michigan State University

6.3%

North Carolina State University

5.4%

Iowa State University

5.4%

Villanova University

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Northwestern University

4.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.4%

Webster University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.4%

Xavier University

3.4%

University of Houston

3.4%

Texas A&M University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

41.5%

Management

7.7%

Mechanical Engineering

6.8%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Industrial Engineering

5.1%

Finance

4.0%

Accounting

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Chemistry

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Marketing

2.1%

Operations Management

1.9%

Civil Engineering

1.6%

Engineering

1.5%

Education

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Pharmacy

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Masters

30.8%

Other

18.9%

Associate

4.7%

Doctorate

2.2%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

0.4%
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