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Working As A Vice President, Business 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

  • $148,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President, Business 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 Vice President, Business 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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Vice President, Business Operations Career Paths

Vice President, Business Operations
Vice President Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Sales Vice President
Senior Vice President, Sales
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President President Senior Vice President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President Senior Vice President Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer Managing Director Senior Director
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer Managing Director Executive Director
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President Executive Director Sales Vice President
Vice President Of Sales & Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Business Operations Managing Director Area Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Director Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales And Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Director Operations Director
Director Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Operations Director
Director Of Service And Operations
11 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager
Operating Partner
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager Business Manager Service Manager
Senior Service Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Area Manager Area Operations Manager
Operations Manager, District
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Business Partner 3.6 years
Business Director 3.3 years
Business Leader 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Vice President, Business Operations
Director 5.8%
Manager 4.7%
Consultant 4.2%
Controller 3.5%
Top Careers After Vice President, Business Operations
Consultant 7.1%
President 6.0%
Director 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$148,000
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$104,000
Min 10%
$148,000
Median 50%
$148,000
Median 50%
$148,000
Median 50%
$148,000
Median 50%
$148,000
Median 50%
$148,000
Median 50%
$148,000
Median 50%
$210,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Comcast
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Vice President, Business Operations make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Vice President, Business Operations in the United States is $148,370 per year or $71 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $104,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $211,000.

Real Vice President, Business Operations Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Executive Vice President of Business Operations Avantor Performance Materials, Inc. Valley, PA Sep 01, 2012 $350,000
Senior Vice President-Business Executive Operations Bank of America New York, NY Apr 15, 2016 $325,000 -
$375,000
SVP; Business Exec OPS Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $325,000 -
$345,000
Vice President, Business Operations Calvary Design Team, Inc. Webster, NY Sep 06, 2013 $263,000
SVP, Group ITO Business Operations Dimension Data North America New York, NY Oct 19, 2015 $260,000
VP, Finance Business Operations Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 09, 2012 $255,000
Vice President-Business Operations Hampton Creek, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 10, 2016 $210,000
Vice President-Business Operations Hampton Creek, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 11, 2016 $210,000
Vice President, Business Operations Piaggio Group Americas, Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2011 $195,000
VP New Business Operations OPTI Medical Systems, Inc. Roswell, GA May 16, 2012 $190,000 -
$210,000
SVP, Business Operations and Governance Viacom Media Networks, A Division of Viacom Intern New York, NY Dec 15, 2011 $182,270 -
$275,000
Vice President-Business Operations Viacom 18 Us Inc. Iselin, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $180,000
Vice President of Business Operations Indiacast Us Limited Hamilton, NJ May 05, 2015 $180,000
Business Operations, VP Vintage Food Corporation New York, NY Apr 09, 2009 $175,427
Vice President, Business Operations Exeltis USA, Inc. Florham Park, NJ Aug 29, 2016 $175,000
VP, Business Insights and Sales Operations, Credit Union SOL Fiserv Solutions, LLC Cisco, TX Nov 09, 2016 $171,413 -
$239,200
Senior Vice President, New Business and Operations Clear Cell USA, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $163,592
Vice President-Business Operations Indiacast Us Ltd. Jersey City, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $161,280
Vice President-Business Operations Indiacast Us Ltd. Hamilton, NJ Jan 16, 2014 $161,280
Vice President, Business Operations Maia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Princeton, NJ Oct 24, 2014 $160,638
Vice President, Business Operations Piaggio Group Americas, Inc. New York, NY Sep 29, 2010 $150,592 -
$195,000
Senior Vice President, Business Operations Trail Blazers Inc. Portland, OR Jan 14, 2016 $136,469 -
$250,000
Vice President Business Operations Engines Strategic Manufacturing Solutions Auburn Hills, MI Mar 18, 2011 $129,600
AVP, Business Analysis, Analytical Tools OPS Moody's Shared Services, Inc. New York, NY Mar 05, 2016 $129,276
Vice President of Business Operations Duolingo, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Sep 21, 2013 $125,000
Vice President & Head of Business Operations Experion Technologies USA Inc. Addison, TX Aug 26, 2014 $120,000
V.P. of Business Operations TODO 1 Services, In.C Miami, FL Mar 09, 2015 $107,000
VP, Business Operations Quickcomm Inc. CT Jan 03, 2014 $101,026 -
$135,000

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Top Skills for A Vice President, Business Operations

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Business Development
  3. Business Operations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared financial statements for internal and external stakeholders, including governmental agencies.
  • Managed the business development and vendor management functions, including new deal management and strategic alliances.
  • Developed a detailed key metrics report used by senior executives to analyze business operations and facilitate short-term decisions.
  • Developed testing methodologies to ensure compliance with operating policies and reduced financial exposure.
  • Developed and delivered customer service training for Business Operations staff and student employees to improve departmental effectiveness.

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Vice President, Business Operations Demographics

Gender

Male

66.8%

Female

25.2%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.0%

French

12.0%

German

8.0%

Japanese

8.0%

Russian

8.0%

Korean

8.0%

Irish

4.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Mandarin

4.0%

Carrier

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Italian

4.0%
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Vice President, Business Operations Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

New York University

9.2%

Columbia University

6.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.9%

Arizona State University

5.3%

University of Pennsylvania

5.3%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

George Washington University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

University of Delaware

4.6%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.9%

Villanova University

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

University of Virginia

3.9%

Pace University - New York

3.3%

Bowling Green State University

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

Saint John's University - New York

3.3%

University of Dayton

3.3%
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Majors

Business

41.8%

Finance

11.1%

Accounting

10.8%

Management

6.4%

Marketing

5.1%

Computer Science

3.0%

Economics

2.5%

Communication

2.2%

Education

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Law

1.8%

Project Management

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Political Science

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.1%

History

1.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.1%

Kinesiology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Masters

40.2%

Other

11.7%

Doctorate

2.4%

Certificate

2.0%

Associate

1.7%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.2%
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