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Working As An Operations Project 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

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Operations Project Manager 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 An Operations Project 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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Operations Project Manager Career Paths

Operations Project Manager
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Vice President
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Director Of Sales
Vice President Of Sales & Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Operations Director
Director Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Operations Director
Director Of Service And Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Manager General Manager
Operating Partner
8 Yearsyrs
Product Manager
Business Unit Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Service Center Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Operations Manager Senior Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Director Of Quality
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Sales And Operations Manager Area Manager
Area Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales And Operations Manager Team Manager
Group Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Of Operations Terminal Manager
Operations Manager, District
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program/Project Manager
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Practice Leader
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Project Manager 3.5 years
Top Careers Before Operations Project Manager
Manager 5.7%
Consultant 3.5%
Owner 3.2%
Supervisor 3.1%
Internship 2.6%
Top Careers After Operations Project Manager
Consultant 4.2%
Owner 3.5%
Manager 3.0%
Director 2.3%

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Operations Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

61.6%

Female

29.0%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.3%

French

8.5%

German

7.1%

Carrier

4.2%

Mandarin

4.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Italian

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Arabic

3.1%

Russian

2.5%

Cantonese

1.7%

Hindi

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Turkish

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Swahili

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Persian

0.6%
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Operations Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.7%

Villanova University

5.7%

George Washington University

5.5%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

New York University

4.5%

Webster University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Strayer University

4.1%

University of Washington

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.4%

DePaul University

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.2%

University of Florida

3.1%

Boston University

3.1%

Colorado State University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

39.7%

Project Management

8.9%

Management

6.8%

Finance

5.4%

Marketing

4.5%

Communication

3.4%

Computer Science

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Psychology

2.7%

Political Science

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Construction Management

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Economics

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Information Technology

1.7%

English

1.5%

Civil Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.8%

Masters

27.4%

Other

17.3%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$71,000
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$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Texas
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does an Operations Project Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Operations Project Manager in the United States is $90,677 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $71,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

Real Operations Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project/Operations Manager Buffalo Restoration LLC Madison, AL May 01, 2014 $175,000 -
$200,000
Project/Operations Manager Buffalo Restoration, LLC Madison, AL Jan 04, 2016 $175,000 -
$200,000
Project Manager for Business Operations Nolij Consulting LLC Vienna, VA Oct 12, 2016 $153,000
Risk/Operations Project Manager Mio Partners, Inc. New York, NY Jun 19, 2015 $145,200 -
$165,200
Operations Project Manager AIG Employee Services, Inc. New York, NY Apr 25, 2016 $142,800
Manager-Operations Projects Glazer's, Inc. Dallas, TX Aug 16, 2016 $141,482
Project Manager Operating Room Management Lahey Clinic Burlington, MA Aug 07, 2016 $135,949
Project Manager-Operating Room Management Lahey Clinic, Inc. Burlington, MA Nov 12, 2015 $135,949
Operations Project Manager Ullink Inc. New York, NY Oct 12, 2015 $133,723
Operational Excellence Project Manager Stepan Company Northbrook, IL Jul 19, 2016 $130,000
Project/Operations Manager SME Products LP Houston, TX Mar 20, 2014 $125,000
Project Manager-OPS Oracle America, Inc. CA Jun 17, 2015 $108,784 -
$118,460
Field Operations Project Integration Manager Sunoco Partners LLC Taylor, MI Apr 12, 2016 $108,214
Customer Operations Project Manager Amdocs, Inc. Champaign, IL Aug 16, 2015 $108,000
Operations Engineering Project Manager Wireco Worldgroup Inc. Kansas City, MO Oct 22, 2015 $107,640
Project Manager, Fraud Operations Strategy Discover Products Inc. Riverwoods, IL Sep 30, 2016 $106,205
Project Manager, Operations Abbott Laboratories Menlo Park, CA Aug 10, 2014 $105,000
Operational Excellence Project Manager Parkland Health & Hospital System Dallas, TX Sep 10, 2014 $105,000
Customer Operations Project Manager Amdocs Inc. Champaign, IL Jan 10, 2016 $92,436
Operations Project Senior Manager Lan Cargo S.A. Miami, FL Jul 25, 2016 $92,000
Project Manager, Food Operations America Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Aug 10, 2015 $91,770 -
$112,362
Project Manager, Operations Datwyler Pharma Packaging USA Inc. Pennsauken, NJ Nov 22, 2014 $90,945
Project Manager, Quality Operations Biosense Webster, Inc. Irwindale, CA Sep 16, 2014 $90,700
Project Manager, Strategic Operations Val-Pro, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 27, 2016 $90,000
Project Manager, Strategic Operations Val-Pro, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 01, 2016 $90,000
Project Manager, Strategic Operations Val-Pro, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 15, 2014 $90,000

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Top Skills for An Operations Project Manager

  1. Project Management
  2. Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Project Management: Project lead for capital projects and non-capital projects ranging from Facility Infrastructure to Tenant Improvements.
  • Developed operational procedures to ensure sustainability.
  • Trained new employees to ensure compliance with ProLogis Corporation requirements and contract specifications for multiple accounts.
  • Assisted with the design and implementation of building-specific skilled labor teams to more effectively address customer service quality and timeliness.
  • Developed strategic initiatives related to the manufacturing process, equipment and human resources in support of long-range operating plans.

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