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Quality assurance manager

Quality manager, quality control manager, quality inspector

The job of a quality assurance manager is to ensure that all of a company’s services and activities meet and maintain set standards. As a quality assurance manager, you’ll carry out inspections and keep detailed records as evidence that work is of the highest possible quality.

Average salary*

£25000

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£60000

Typical hours per week

37 - 39

How to become a quality assurance manager

There are several routes to becoming a quality assurance manager. You could complete a university or college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work. 

You should explore these routes to becoming a quality assurance manager, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

University

You could complete an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as business studies, administration or production management. 

You may choose to specialise immediately and study for a construction or engineering-related quality assurance or quality management degree course.

You’ll need:

  •  2 - 3 A levels, or equivalent (undergraduate degree)
  • An undergraduate degree in any subject (postgraduate course).

After your studies, you could apply to become a trainee quality assurance manager through a construction company’s graduate training scheme. 

> Equivalent entry requirements explained

> Find a university course

> Funding advice

College

You could undertake a college course in business or construction management or engineering, to help you on your journey to becoming a quality assurance manager.

You’ll need at least 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.

> Equivalent entry requirements explained

> Find a course near you

> Funding advice 

Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship with a construction company is a good way into the industry.

You could complete a construction, engineering or administrative apprenticeship to help start you on your career path to becoming a quality assurance manager.

You’ll need at least 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

> Find an apprenticeship near you

> Guide to apprenticeships

Work

If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain experience as a quality assurance manager. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced quality assurance manager and progress as your abilities improve.

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a quality assurance manager. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.

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Skills 

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a quality assurance manager include: 

  • Awareness of business management
  • Strong communication skills
  • Analytical thinking abilities
  • Project management/leadership skills
  • Good mathematical knowledge.

What does a quality assurance manager do?

As a quality assurance manager, you’ll develop company-wide processes and controls to ensure that high quality work is completed.

As a quality assurance management your duties may include:  

  • Meeting with clients to understand their business needs
  • Developing company quality procedures, standards, and specifications
  • Matching processes with standards
  • Coordinating activity required to meet quality standards
  • Conducting internal audits and inspections
  • Presenting project proposals to clients
  • Discussing materials with suppliers
  • Writing management and technical reports
  • Overseeing budgets
  • Collecting and sharing statistics
  • Dealing with any issues that arise with customers or projects
  • Staying on top of customer expectations
  • Following legal regulations
  • Working on-site and in an office.

How much could you earn as a quality assurance manager?

The expected salary for a quality assurance manager varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained quality assurance managers can earn £25,000 - £30,000
  • Trained quality assurance managers with some experience can earn £30,000 - £45,000
  • Senior or chartered status quality assurance managers can earn £45,000 - £60,000.*

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


Jobs

Check out the latest quality assurance manager vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.

Career path and progression

As a quality assurance manager you could progress into a more senior role and become a project director.

Alternatively, you could offer your services as a self-employed consultant.


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