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Working As An Operations Vice President

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $128,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Operations Vice President 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 Vice President

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 Vice President Career Paths

Operations Vice President
President
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Sales And Marketing Vice President
Senior Vice President, Sales
14 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Sales & Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
Executive Vice President Of Sales
13 Yearsyrs
Co-Owner
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Vice President
Senior Vice President Of Marketing
13 Yearsyrs
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Information Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Client Services Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Board Of Directors Member
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Group Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Development Vice President
Chief Development Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Manager, Assistant Vice President
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President, Sales
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Construction
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer And Operator
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Technical Operations
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Compliance Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Safety Director
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Group Vice President
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Property Management
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director, Special Projects
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Director
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Construction
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Client Services Vice President
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Collections Director
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Administrative Officer
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Compliance Vice President
Controller, Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Vice President Product Development
Vice President, Corporate Development
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Operation Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Sales & Operations
National Director
10 Yearsyrs
Compliance Director
Director Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
Director Of Managed Services
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President-Project Management
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Corporate Director 3.9 years
Top Careers Before Operations Vice President
Manager 5.8%
Director 4.9%
President 3.8%
Consultant 2.8%
Owner 2.8%
Top Careers After Operations Vice President
President 8.8%
Consultant 6.4%
Owner 4.8%
Director 2.9%
Manager 2.5%

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Operations Vice President Demographics

Gender

Male

71.9%

Female

21.1%

Unknown

6.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.8%

French

8.5%

Portuguese

5.8%

German

5.6%

Chinese

5.0%

Mandarin

4.7%

Italian

4.7%

Carrier

3.0%

Japanese

2.5%

Arabic

2.2%

Russian

1.7%

Korean

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Hindi

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Dutch

0.7%

Swedish

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Norwegian

0.5%

Armenian

0.5%
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Operations Vice President Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.6%

Michigan State University

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.9%

New York University

5.2%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Purdue University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.3%

University of Florida

4.3%

University of Houston

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.1%

Cornell University

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

Villanova University

3.4%

Webster University

3.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.3%

Northwestern University

3.2%

University of South Florida

3.1%
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Majors

Business

44.7%

Finance

7.9%

Management

7.3%

Accounting

6.1%

Marketing

4.3%

Psychology

2.7%

Communication

2.5%

Political Science

2.4%

Economics

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Computer Science

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Law

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Nursing

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.5%

Project Management

1.4%

Biology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.1%

Masters

25.6%

Other

18.8%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

2.7%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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$82,000
Min 10%
$128,000
Median 50%
$128,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Denver, CO
Highest Paying State
Montana
Avg Experience Level
5.0 years
How much does an Operations Vice President make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Operations Vice President in the United States is $128,719 per year or $62 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $82,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $200,000.

Real Operations Vice President Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President-North American Operations Nyrstar Us Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 08, 2015 $380,000
Vice President Latin America Mining Operations Nyrstar Us Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Aug 07, 2016 $375,000
Vice President Latin America Mining Operations Nyrstar Us Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL May 15, 2015 $375,000
Vice President of European Operations BNK Petroleum (Us) Inc. Camarillo, CA Mar 01, 2015 $300,000
Vice President of Operations Somnio Global, LLC Novi, MI Jan 12, 2016 $300,000 -
$400,000
VP-Operations Zotos International Inc. Geneva, NY Mar 26, 2015 $270,000
VP-Operations Zotos International Inc. Geneva, NY Sep 28, 2015 $270,000
Vice President of Operations Somnio Global, LLC Novi, MI Jan 06, 2016 $250,000 -
$350,000
Vice President of North America Operations SFX Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2015 $250,000
Vice President of Operations Somnio Global, L3C Novi, MI Jan 06, 2016 $250,000 -
$350,000
Vice President of Operations Trebbianno LLC New York, NY Nov 13, 2015 $250,000
Vice President of North America Operations SFX Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $250,000
VP North American Operations Coeur Mining, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 18, 2016 $249,423
Operations Vice President Russell Williams LLC Cold Spring, NY May 08, 2015 $180,294
VP Operations (Engineering) Tellabs Enterprise, Inc. Dallas, TX May 09, 2016 $180,003
VP Operations (Engineering) Tellabs Enterprise, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 11, 2015 $180,003
VP, Operations Serent Capital Management Company, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 02, 2015 $180,000
Vice President, Operations-Americas Pervacio, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 30, 2015 $180,000
Vice President of Hotel Operations Imperial Pacific International CNMI Jan 08, 2016 $180,000 -
$340,000
VP of USA Operations Outerspace Design Group, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 03, 2016 $180,000
VP Operations Directline Distributing LLC Richardson, TX Dec 09, 2016 $180,000
Vice President of Operations Florida Production Engineering, Inc. Ormond Beach, FL Oct 04, 2016 $137,966 -
$225,000
Vice President Operations Cellphire, Inc. Rockville, MD Sep 28, 2016 $136,000 -
$175,000
VP-Operations Bluffton Motor Works, LLC Bluffton, IN Oct 01, 2015 $136,000 -
$150,000
European Operations Vice President Schaff International LLC Lake Zurich, IL Jan 14, 2016 $135,138
Vice President of Operations Weber Automotive Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Aug 09, 2016 $135,000
Vice President of Operations R K Larrabee Co, Inc. Livermore, CA Jan 05, 2016 $135,000 -
$200,000
VP, Operational Initiatives American Homepatient, Inc. Brentwood, TN Oct 20, 2015 $135,000

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Top Skills for An Operations Vice President

  1. Business Development
  2. Customer Service
  3. Procedures
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  • Formulated business development and sales plans for each property, devised renovation budget and improvement plans and created marketing campaigns.
  • Manage and supervise order management and customer service processes to ensure total customer satisfaction.
  • Authored department procedures, quality standards, documentation, guidelines, training/certification manuals, and created a three-tier service escalation process.
  • Reviewed and analyzed financial statements, sales and activity reports, and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievement.
  • Implemented additional controls to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, reduced firm risk elements and refined policies and procedures.

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