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Working As A Senior Vice President-Operations

  • 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

  • $134,540

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Vice President-Operations 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 A Senior Vice President-Operations

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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Senior Vice President-Operations jobs

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Average Length of Employment
President/Owner 7.8 years
Managing Director 4.4 years
Vice President 4.3 years
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Corporate Director 4.0 years
Head Operator 3.5 years
Top Employers Before
Director 3.5%
Manager 2.9%
President 2.5%
Top Employers After
President 6.5%
Consultant 5.9%
Principal 2.8%
Owner 2.2%

Senior Vice President-Operations Demographics

Gender

Male

69.1%

Female

28.8%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

83.2%

Hispanic or Latino

7.7%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.8%

German

12.3%

French

10.8%

Chinese

6.2%

Russian

6.2%

Japanese

4.6%

Hebrew

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Swedish

1.5%

Comanche

1.5%

Bulgarian

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Finnish

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Aramaic

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Korean

1.5%
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Senior Vice President-Operations Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

Michigan State University

6.4%

University of Pennsylvania

5.9%

Northeastern University

5.9%

Cornell University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

Harvard University

5.1%

New York University

4.7%

University of Southern California

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

San Diego State University

4.2%

Columbia University

4.2%

University of Chicago

4.2%

Florida International University

3.8%

Villanova University

3.8%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Northwestern University

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

41.5%

Finance

12.3%

Management

8.8%

Accounting

6.6%

Marketing

4.1%

Computer Science

2.9%

Political Science

2.6%

Law

2.6%

Education

2.2%

Economics

2.2%

Communication

2.1%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Psychology

1.5%

Human Resources Management

1.5%

Nursing

1.3%

Business Economics

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Engineering

1.1%

History

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.8%

Masters

33.6%

Other

18.0%

Doctorate

3.8%

Associate

3.6%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Vice President-Operations Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SVP Operations Anglogold Ashanti North America Inc. Centennial, CO Sep 16, 2015 $450,000 -
$475,000
Senior Vice President--Casino Operations Venetian Casino Resort, LLC Las Vegas, NV Nov 18, 2013 $380,000 -
$420,000
SVP, Pharmaceutical Operations Relypsa, Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 07, 2016 $372,800
Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Imperial Pacific International CNMI Jan 08, 2016 $360,000 -
$550,000
Senior Vice President, Finance Operations, Walmart Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Bentonville, AR Oct 01, 2011 $350,000
SVP Operations Anglogold Ashanti North America Inc. Centennial, CO Oct 01, 2013 $350,000 -
$375,000
Senior VP of Delivery & Operations Globant, LLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $350,000
Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations Brookfield Infrastructure Group Corporation CA May 09, 2014 $325,000
SR. Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations Relypsa, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 31, 2014 $310,000
SR. Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations Relypsa, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 01, 2014 $310,000
SVP Commercial Operations Keynote Systems, Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 09, 2013 $300,000
Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations Brookfield Asset Management LLC Bainbridge Island, WA Sep 01, 2013 $300,000
Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations Brookfield Infrastructure Group Corporation Bainbridge Island, WA Mar 15, 2014 $300,000
Senior Vice President, Marine Operations Carnival Corporation Miami, FL Feb 01, 2011 $217,000 -
$375,000
Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Imperial Pacific International CNMI Jan 08, 2016 $214,790 -
$550,000
Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Imperial Pacific International CNMI Aug 15, 2016 $214,790 -
$550,000
Senior Vice President/Operations Officer, Marine C ECM Maritime Services, LLC Norwalk, CT Feb 26, 2014 $213,000
VP Offshore Operations/SR. Consultant Neudesic, LLC San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2013 $200,000
Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations ISC8, Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 01, 2014 $200,000
Senior Vice President of Operations Narus, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 15, 2013 $200,000
VP Offshore Operations/SR. Consultant Neudesic, LLC San Jose, CA Sep 19, 2013 $200,000
SR. V.P. & Director of Operations United Egg Producers, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 26, 2014 $160,000
Senior Vice President, International Operations Commonwealth Diagnostics International, Inc. Salem, MA Sep 09, 2016 $155,000
Senior Vice President, Marine Operations Carnival Corporation Miami, FL Feb 01, 2014 $150,592 -
$382,875
Senior Vice President of Operations and Technology Mycell Technologies, LLC Paramus, NJ Jul 19, 2012 $150,000
Senior VP of Operations Questpoint Services LLC Carlsbad, CA Sep 01, 2015 $150,000
SVP, Internal Audit-Operational Risk Management GE Capital Corporation Norwalk, CT Mar 15, 2015 $150,000
Senior Vice President of Operations Sterkly Services LLC Carlsbad, CA Jan 09, 2016 $150,000
SR. V.P. & Director of Operations United Egg Producers, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 01, 2013 $150,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Vice President-Operations

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Top Senior Vice President-Operations Skills

  1. Financial Performance
  2. Customer Service
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You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented growth strategies, demographic trends, competitive analysis and managed financial performance of the company.
  • Change agent for management team directing strategic initiatives that drive profitability, compliance and customer service.
  • Managed $4 million in sales, implementation, training, services, and support nationwide.
  • Negotiated prices, quantities, and delivery schedules, and negotiated and secured significant amount of marketing funds for the company.
  • Cultivated a positive and performance based culture which including mentoring, guidance and supervision to all direct reports.

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