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Working As A Head Operator

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $153,558

    Average Salary

What Does A Head Operator Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Head Operator

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Head Operator Career Paths

Head Operator
Branch Manager Area Manager
Area Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Business Consultant
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
President And Founder Business Development Director
Director Of Business Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Senior Project Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales And Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Officer Assistant Director Of Operations
Director Of Service And Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Operations Director
Director/Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor General Manager
General Manager/Director
9 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Senior Manager
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Managing Partner
Operating Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Production Manager General Manager
Regional General Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Operations Vice President
Vice President Of Sales & Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Owner/Operator 6.4 years
Director/Manager 4.8 years
Division Manager 4.2 years
Senior Manager 4.2 years
Operations Manager 4.0 years
Head Operator 4.0 years
Lead Operator 3.8 years
Co-Owner/Operator 3.6 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 9.6%
Director 7.3%
Consultant 4.9%
Internship 4.3%
Supervisor 3.8%
Officer 3.4%
Operator 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.2%
Manager 6.5%
Director 6.3%
Owner 5.1%
Operator 3.8%
Supervisor 3.4%

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Head Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

75.7%

Female

21.6%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

11.1%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

5.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.4%

French

8.5%

Portuguese

6.8%

Italian

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%

Japanese

4.2%

German

4.2%

Russian

3.4%

Hindi

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Bengali

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Icelandic

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Akan

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%
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Head Operator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.5%

Pennsylvania State University

8.9%

New York University

8.4%

Cornell University

5.8%

University of Houston

5.3%

Michigan State University

4.7%

Columbia University

4.7%

George Washington University

4.2%

University of Pennsylvania

4.2%

Troy University

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.2%

Villanova University

4.2%

Harvard University

4.2%

Florida Atlantic University

4.2%

American University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

Pace University - New York

3.7%

San Diego State University

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

University of Notre Dame

3.7%
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Majors

Business

31.6%

Finance

10.6%

Management

7.1%

Accounting

5.8%

Computer Science

4.8%

Marketing

4.5%

Economics

4.2%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Communication

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.7%

Political Science

2.7%

Psychology

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Engineering

2.2%

Project Management

2.0%

English

1.8%

History

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.0%

Masters

27.7%

Other

19.7%

Associate

6.9%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Head Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Operations Senior Function Head Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Mar 10, 2012 $400,000
Head of China Commercial Operations, Bayer Consumer Health Bayer Business and Technology Services LLC NJ Dec 31, 2016 $396,713
Head of Business Operations Peloton Interactive, Inc. New York, NY Jun 06, 2016 $350,000
Chairman and Head of Global Technical Operations Siegfried (USA), Inc. Pennsville, NJ Nov 02, 2011 $325,000 -
$375,000
Head of Corporate Strategy & Cust Operations Baxalta Incorporated Cambridge, MA Jul 01, 2015 $275,000 -
$468,000
Head of Global Host Recruitment Operations Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $240,000
Global Head of Business Operations Redscout LLC New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $225,000
Head of Operations (US) Global Life Distribution (Us) Inc. Armonk, NY Feb 02, 2015 $225,000 -
$300,000
Head of Operations (Consumer Products) Dreamworks Animation LLC Glendale, CA Apr 10, 2013 $220,000
Global Head of Operations-Commodities Division BTG Pactual Commodities Trading Us LLC Stamford, CT Aug 01, 2016 $205,379
Head of Operations Fastmatch, Inc. New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $203,486
Head of Research, Risk and Operations Beachhead Capital Management LLC New York, NY Sep 11, 2014 $200,000
Head: Business Operations Srishti I2I Biz Solutions Inc. Mahwah, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $162,864
Head: Business Operations Srishti I2I Biz Solutions Inc. Princeton, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $162,864
Head of Operations Analytics LYFT, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 12, 2015 $160,000
Head of Commercial Operations Credorax USA, Inc. Southborough, MA Mar 15, 2011 $160,000
Head of Operations Analytics LYFT Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 27, 2016 $160,000
Head of System Operations Drfirst.Com, Inc. Rockville, MD Sep 23, 2013 $160,000
Head of Operations-North America Dovre Group, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $133,000
Head: Business Operations Srishti I2I Biz Solutions Inc. Plano, TX Sep 01, 2015 $131,165
Head of China Operations Livedeal, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 04, 2012 $130,000
Head of Sterile Network Strategy/Operations-Sterile MFG. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Cranbury, NJ Aug 23, 2016 $130,000
Head of Global Delivery Operations Posh Consulting, Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 03, 2014 $130,000
Head of Business and Technology Operations Quanthouse Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $129,000 -
$139,000

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  1. Procedures
  2. Product Development
  3. Financial Statements
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  • Assisted owner develop and implement protocol and procedures of both warehouse operations and store operations.
  • Identify product deficiencies and devise continuous process improvements in support of product development initiatives.
  • Produced consolidated financial statements in accordance with local and US GAAP requirements.
  • Managed activities of a multidisciplinary operations team providing business and operational support for the RTP Safety Assessment Department.
  • Provided cost and time savings that increased company performance and resulted in timely financial reporting and more efficient strategic planning.

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