A production executive is a professional who oversees and directs an entire production operation for a manufacturing organization. These professionals ensure quality and profitability of products generated in the production process.
A production executive is often referred to as a chief production officer in a large manufacturing organization. Other job titles for this role include industrial production manager, vice president of production or production director.
In most cases, these professionals move into this role after many years of experience in a production environment. Most employers require at least a bachelor's degree in a discipline related to manufacturing such as industrial technology or engineering.
Directing production operations encompasses coordinating production staff and equipment used for the manufacturing process. This includes managing the financial budget and developing quality and efficiency improvement methods. These professionals also ensure any issues or problems that may arise are repaired efficiently in order to meet the organization's output goals.
Salary can vary for this occupation depending on the job title. As of July 2010, CBSalary listed a national average salary of $105,919 per year for a chief production officer and $101,462 per year for a production director.