Advice on becoming an Operations Manager

Advice on becoming an Operations Manager

Operations managers ensure a business runs as smoothly as possible from day to day.

Their work revolves around recognising and implementing methods to boost efficiency and productivity and duties include responsibility for a company’s logistics, employee supervision, preparing budgets, improving working environments and reviewing client and customer relationships/satisfaction.

A good operations manager creates an environment where teamwork, creativity and energy are valued and nurtured, so excellent communication, decision-making and leadership skills are a must.

Because the job is so wide-ranging, a strong knowledge of the entire business and an ability to multi-task are key attributes, as is experience in operational management and the use of sector-specific computer applications.

A degree in operational management or another business-related area is a must, and experience in a similar operational management role is also vital.

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Other recommended resources:

Institute of Operations Management
Professional society for members of the operations and production management industry across a number of sectors, offering training, networking events and information for career development.

Chartered Management Institute
An accredited institute for management professionals in the UK, including those involved in operations, offering a chartered mark qualification amongst other training opportunities.

Association for Operations Management
A global institute providing access to the latest research in operations management and qualifications for career development.

Production and Operations Management Society
A global body representing the interests of production and operations managers and also providing information and research through an online journal and newsletter.

Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering
Combining operations management with technology management and applied engineering, the ATMAE offer the opportunity to broaden your spectrum, collaborate with others on a number of issues and pool knowledge and best practices. They offer certification in addition to support for students and training opportunities.

Chartered Management Institute
A chartered status for professionals in the management industry, including business operations managers. They offer training to improve management skills on track to reaching Chartered Manager status.

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