What Does A Quality Control Systems Manager Do (including Their Typical Day at Work)

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Quality Control Systems Managers

Quality Control Systems Managers plan, direct, or coordinate quality assurance programs. Formulate quality control policies and control quality of laboratory and production efforts.

Salary
$118190
Becoming One
Hard
Education
Bachelor's degree
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth
Low

Personality
Interest Match





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What they do

Quality Control Systems Managers plan, direct, or coordinate quality assurance programs. Formulate quality control policies and control quality of laboratory and production efforts.

  • Collect and analyze production samples to evaluate quality.
  • Analyze quality control test results and provide feedback and interpretation to production management or staff.
  • Stop production if serious product defects are present.
  • Monitor performance of quality control systems to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Quality Control Systems Managers collect and analyze production samples to evaluate quality. They monitor the performance of quality control systems to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.

A typical day for a Quality Control Systems Manager will also include:

  • Analyze quality control test results and provide feedback and interpretation to production management or staff.
  • Oversee workers including supervisors, inspectors, or laboratory workers engaged in testing activities.
  • Communicate quality control information to all relevant organizational departments, outside vendors, or contractors.
  • Document testing procedures, methodologies, or criteria.
  • Direct the tracking of defects, test results, or other regularly reported quality control data.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Quality Control Systems Managers also review statistical studies, technological advances, or regulatory standards and trends to stay abreast of issues in the field of quality control. They may also review and update standard operating procedures or quality assurance manuals.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Quality Control Systems Managers confer with marketing and sales departments to define client requirements and expectations. They might also identify quality problems or areas for improvement and recommend solutions.

In addition, they communicate quality control information to all relevant organizational departments, outside vendors, or contractors.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them review quality documentation necessary for regulatory submissions and inspections.

To some Quality Control Systems Managers, it is also their responsibility to evaluate new testing and sampling methodologies or technologies to determine usefulness.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
0%

Very little freedom
0%

Limited freedom
27%

Some freedom
44%

A lot of freedom
29%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
0%

Very little freedom
0%

Limited freedom
1%

Some freedom
72%

A lot of freedom
27%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Very High

Is this job meaningful

High

75% said they were satisfied with their job and 62% said they found their job meaningful.


Brandon Fowler
A small (~50 employee) optical component manufacturer

I’m a Quality Manager at a small (~50 employee) optical component manufacturer. We make customer designed parts for the aerospace, military, defense and biomedical industries among others.

My typical day varies but frequently consists of scheduling work for the quality department, interacting with customer representatives, reviewing orders for customer requirements, planning training activities and reporting on statistical trends related to product quality.

Pros: The pros of my job are that the work is varied which means every day is different and there has been an excellent opportunity for advancement without requiring any higher education. I started with my current employer as a temp.

Cons: The biggest con of my job is that the work is very documentation intensive and requires being extremely thorough to ensure everything has been manufactured and documented correctly.


Pros

Suitable for people who like to start and carry out projects.

Suitable for people who want to work in a supportive work environment.

This career is perfect for people who love to work indoors.

One of the highest-paid careers in the world.

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to work with designs.

It is hard to get into this career. A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.

Long working hours (More than 40 hours per week).

How much do they make

Average salary

$118190 per year

Average hourly wage

$57 per hour

Entry-level Quality Control Systems Managers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $67,100 to $84,990 per year or $32 to $41 per hour.

Salary range Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $87 $181,220
Senior (Top 25%) $68 $141,290
Middle (Mid 50%) $52 $108,790
Junior (Bottom 25%) $41 $84,990
No experience (Bottom 10%) $32 $67,100

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
0%

40 hours
23%

More than 40 hours
77%

Working schedule

74%

26%

0%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
0%

Fairly important
0%

Important
0%

Very important
3%

Extremely important
97%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
0%

Fairly important
0%

Important
23%

Very important
28%

Extremely important
50%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
0%

Fairly important
22%

Important
22%

Very important
26%

Extremely important
30%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
0%

Every day
100%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
0%

Every day
100%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
0%

Every day
100%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
1%

Once a year
49%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
50%

Every day
0%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
0%

Once a year
1%

Once a month
30%

Once a week
44%

Every day
25%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
1%

Once a year
3%

Once a month
50%

Once a week
46%

Every day
0%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
71%

Once a year
29%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
0%

Slightly competitive
4%

Moderately competitive
43%

Highly competitive
28%

Extremely competitive
24%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
0%

Fairly important
28%

Important
0%

Very Important
24%

Extremely Important
48%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
0%

Minor impact
0%

Moderate impact
21%

Important impact
3%

Very important impact
76%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
0%

Once a year
21%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
1%

Every day
77%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
0%

Limited responsibility
1%

Moderate responsibility
0%

High responsibility
45%

Very high responsibility
54%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
0%

Limited responsibility
1%

Moderate responsibility
1%

High responsibility
48%

Very high responsibility
50%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
0%

Once a year or more
0%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
100%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
2%

Once a year or more
3%

Once a month or more
21%

Once a week or more
1%

Every day
72%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
2%

Once a year or more
2%

Once a month or more
3%

Once a week or more
48%

Every day
46%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
26%

Once a year or more
28%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
46%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Hard
You will need a considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Careers in this difficulty category usually require a Bachelor’s degree and several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training. Similar careers include Database Administrators, Chemists, Art Directors, and Accountants.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
0%

High School Diploma or equivalent
0%

Post-Secondary Certificate
0%

Some College Courses
11%

Associate’s Degree or similar
1%

Bachelor’s Degree
73%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
4%

Master’s Degree
11%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
0%

1 month
0%

1 to 3 months
0%

3 to 6 months
0%

6 months to 1 year
0%

1 to 2 years
1%

2 to 4 years
26%

4 to 6 years
48%

6 to 8 years
11%

8 to 10 years
13%

Over 10 years
0%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
0%

1 month
12%

1 to 3 months
16%

3 to 6 months
40%

6 months to 1 year
12%

1 to 2 years
6%

2 to 4 years
13%

4 to 10 years
1%

Over 10 years
0%

Should you become one

Best personality for this career
The Entrepreneur

People with this personality likes to start and work on projects. They also like leading people and making many decisions.

62%

48%

19%

29%

100%

81%

You can read more about these career personality types here.

People who are suitable for this job tend to like starting up and carrying out projects. They like leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk-taking and often deal with business.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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