Quality assurance manager

Alternative titles for this job include Quality manager, quality control manager, quality inspector

Quality assurance managers make sure a company's products and services meet and maintain set standards.

Average salary (a year)

£23,000 Starter

to

£55,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm on shifts

How to become a quality assurance manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

You could do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • production management
  • business studies
  • human resources management
  • business administration

You may need a degree that is specific to the industry you want to work in, like:

  • science
  • construction
  • engineering
  • pharmaceuticals

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Work

You could work as a quality control assistant and move into quality assurance management by doing training on the job, for example through the Chartered Quality Institute.

Direct application

You could apply for jobs directly if you've got experience in quality control and management from other industries.

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Career tips

An understanding of British quality standards and working methods will be useful when applying for jobs in quality control.

Knowledge of business improvement methods like lean management and Six Sigma will also be helpful.

Further information

You can find out more about working in quality management through the Chartered Quality Institute.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • concentration skills
  • business management skills
  • leadership skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • using quality assurance software to analyse and improve standards
  • reviewing policies and planning how to improve quality management systems
  • inspecting and testing products and production processes
  • measuring performance and recommending improvements
  • making sure policies and procedures meet national and international quality standards
  • assessing the effectiveness of changes to processes or production
  • managing a team of quality control technicians
  • training staff

Working environment

You could work in a factory, in an office or visit sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear smart business dress.

Career path and progression

You could move into senior management or work as a freelance quality consultant.

Other options include careers in health and safety, project management and business analysis.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a quality assurance manager right now.

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Courses In England

Training Assessment and Quality Assurance Awards TAQA (Level 4)

  • Provider: RIVERSIDE COLLEGE AND CRONTON SIXTH FORM
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: WIDNES

Level 4 Qualifications for Quality Assurance

  • Provider: WAKEFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 June 2019
  • Location: Wakefield

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