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Become An Operations Manager

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Working As An Operations Manager

  • 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

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Operations Manager Do

An operations manager is responsible for the management concerned with designing and controlling the process of production and redesigning business operations in the production of goods or services.

How To Become An Operations Manager

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 Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Operations Manager MR. Keet, LLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $300,000
Nsod Intergrated Operations Manager Conocophillips Company Anchorage, AK Feb 02, 2015 $289,400 -
Operations Manager Pratt Industries, Inc. Conyers, GA Feb 12, 2016 $255,000 -
Manager, Operations Gulf Pine Energy, LP Columbus, MS Sep 09, 2016 $250,000
Manager, U.S. Operations Gulf Pine Energy, LP Columbus, MS Sep 01, 2015 $250,000
Principal Manager, PSL Operations Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Conroe, TX May 18, 2015 $232,196
Principal Manager, PSL Operations Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Conroe, TX May 27, 2015 $232,196
Latin America Operations Manager Cressi-Sub USA, Inc. Saddle Brook, NJ Mar 11, 2016 $227,178
Head of Strategy and Operations (Sales Operations Manager) Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 15, 2015 $225,000
Operations Manager Riversdale Alaska LLC Anchorage, AK Apr 17, 2016 $225,000
Operations Manager Riversdale Alaska LLC Anchorage, AK Apr 17, 2015 $225,000
General and Operations Managers HCL America Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 02, 2016 $224,078
Manager, Regulatory Operations Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. Novato, CA Jun 01, 2015 $100,500 -
Operations Manager Penton Learning Systems LLC Tampa, FL Aug 18, 2016 $100,069
Pathways Operations Manager Amazon.Com.DEDC, LLC Kent, WA Aug 08, 2016 $100,000 -
Operations Manager Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc. Middletown, DE Jul 15, 2015 $100,000 -
Pathways Operations Manager Golden State FC LLC Patterson, CA Mar 10, 2016 $100,000 -
Operations Manager Veroblue Farms USA, Inc. Webster City, IA Oct 15, 2016 $100,000
Operations Manager Veroblue Farms USA, Inc. Radcliffe, IA Oct 15, 2016 $100,000
Manager Operations Igate Technologies Inc. Stamford, CT Apr 01, 2015 $82,800
Manager Operations Igate Technologies Inc. Stamford, CT Mar 24, 2015 $82,800
Manager Operations Igate Technologies Inc. Stamford, CT Jun 26, 2015 $82,800
Operations Manager Kittleson Real Estate Team, Inc. Madison, WI Jul 12, 2016 $82,722
Healthcare Operations Manager Deso Consulting LLC New York, NY Dec 23, 2016 $82,666
Operations Manager Om Shiva Enterprises Inc. Belle Vernon, PA Sep 16, 2015 $82,622
Medical Operations Manager Sports Medicine at Chelsea PLLC New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $82,437
Operations Manager SPP Pumps Inc. Norcross, GA May 29, 2015 $82,400 -

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Top Skills for An Operations Manager


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Top Operations Manager Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Customer Service
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed processes and procedures regularly looking for new and innovative ways to improve efficiency
  • Down trained associates in sales techniques and customer service and retention.
  • Administered payroll/benefits, assembly line and OSHA safety procedures.
  • Supervised 18 personnel in Access Control section assigned to various US Army units assigned to Victory Base Complex, Iraq.
  • Managed and led operations that included performance management, organizational development, employment compliance, employee relations, payroll management.

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