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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. 

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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389 Operations Manager jobs

Caci International Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Operations Manager

$76,000 Estimated

Caci International
Ashburn, VA
Operations Manager

$76,000 Estimated

Topgolf
Ashburn, VA
Operations Manager (General Manager)

$76,000 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Medical Mgmt Ops Mgr - Remote - PS4941

$76,000 Estimated

Topgolf
Ashburn, VA
Operations Manager (General Manager)-Ashburn

$76,000 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Security Operations Manager

$97,730 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Security Operations Manager

$97,730 Estimated

Quality Technology Services, LLC
Ashburn, VA
Data Center Operations

$131,600 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Legal Operations Analyst Program Manager

$113,900 Estimated

QTS
Ashburn, VA
Data Center Operations

$131,600 Estimated

Viva USA Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Network Management Operations Manager

$77,810 Estimated

Avacend's Consulting & Staffing
Ashburn, VA
Network Management Operations Manager - I

$77,810 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Business Operations Manager- Solutions Engineering

$82,000 Estimated

QTS Data Centers
Ashburn, VA
Data Center Operations

$131,600 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Sales Operations Manager - Enterprise Sales

$70,457 Estimated

Visa
Ashburn, VA
Manager, Global Security Operations and Protective Intelligence

$67,080 Estimated

Visa
Ashburn, VA
Manager, Global Security Operations and Protective Intelligence

$67,080 Estimated

Visa
Ashburn, VA
Manager, Global Security Operations and Protective Intelligence

$67,080 Estimated

The New York Times
Ashburn, VA
Merchandise Ops Specialist

$60,209 Estimated

Petco
Ashburn, VA
Merchandise Ops Specialist

$60,209 Estimated

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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 -
$434,200
Operations Manager Pratt Industries, Inc. Conyers, GA Feb 12, 2016 $255,000 -
$750,000
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
Operations Manager Riversdale Alaska LLC Anchorage, AK Apr 17, 2015 $225,000
Head of Strategy and Operations (Sales Operations Manager) Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 15, 2015 $225,000
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Top Skills for An Operations Manager

ProceduresCustomerServiceSafetyPersonnelPayrollISOFinancialStatementsFacilityDeliveryContinuousImprovementDailyOperationsLogisticsPInventoryControlLossPreventionCustomerSatisfactionHumanResourcesAuditProcessImprovementOversight

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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:
  • Provided assistance with conducting all operational procedures such as warehousing, inventory, merchandising, housekeeping, etc.
  • Manage the day to day operations of Russell Logistics while continuing a high standard of customer service.
  • Administered payroll/benefits, assembly line and OSHA safety procedures.
  • Planned, directed, and coordinated the training and development activities and staff operations of an organization of 500 personnel.
  • Performed payroll management, including tabulation of accrued employee benefits.

Top Operations Manager Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Operations Manager

  1. United States Army
  2. Fedex
  3. United States Air Force
  4. Amazon
  5. Sears Holdings Corporation
  6. Home Depot
  7. Staples
  8. La Fitness
  9. Wal-Mart
  10. Petsmart
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