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Become An Operations Director

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Working As An Operations Director

  • 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

  • $100,400

    Average Salary

What Does An Operations Director Do

A operations director is responsible for controlling a large part of the operations of a company, subordinate to the chief operating officer or sometimes directly to the chief executive officer (CEO).

How To Become An Operations Director

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. 


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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Real Operations Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Cognitive Transformation and Operations IBM Corporation Somers, NY Jul 19, 2016 $306,000
Director of Operations Standard International Management New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $275,000
Director of Cloud Operations Magento Commerce Campbell, CA Sep 15, 2016 $230,000
Director, Operations Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Sep 11, 2016 $219,772
Director of Cloud Operations Eis Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 06, 2016 $200,400
Director, Products Operations Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2016 $200,000
HDI Director of Operations Us Remodelers, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Nov 03, 2015 $200,000 -
Director of Operations JNSQ Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2016 $199,992
Director of Operations BBS USA LLC Fort Lauderdale, FL Feb 18, 2016 $198,000
Director of U.S. Operations Meiko Electronics America, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 08, 2016 $197,475
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Top Skills for An Operations Director


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Top Operations Director Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Financial Management
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Fostered open exchanges of information & facilitated implementation of new procedures between six agencies.
  • Joined this 5000-seat amphitheater to direct financial management, event budgeting, park budgeting, auditing and event management.
  • Submit all required reports through PIC system and review reports on system and make corrections to ensure compliance.
  • Worked with the office personnel to develop career goals and objectives that we customized to the individual and their capabilities.
  • Led a team of managers ensuring program profitability and outstanding customer service.

Top Operations Director Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Operations Director

  1. Chick-fil-A
  2. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  3. Concentra
  4. Amedisys Home Health
  5. Advance America
  6. Amedisys
  7. Levy
  8. Epic Health Services
  9. Ferrellgas
  10. United States Marine Repair Inc
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