An operations manager plans, and leads strategic, and day-to-day operations of an organization. An operations manager ensures that an organization runs efficiently, effectively, and meets customer demand. An operations manager primarily focuses on planning, organizing and supervising production, and manufacturing or the provision of services for the consumer.
Steps for how to get into the field. Work your way to OPERATIONS MANAGER or a job like it:
Many operations professionals have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field including business administration, management, operations management, supply chain management, or similar degrees. You may be able to get into the field without it but it likely limits your growth trajectory.
General work experience on top of a related degree helps but internships or entry level work in or near the operations field (working in a warehouse for example) is better.
Building skills around communication, teamwork, problem solving, adaptability and time management will help. Operations is about making the business work so being able to mentally switch between multiple work streams and still dive deep is also key.
Familiarize yourself with the industry and companies, then attend industry conferences, and join professional associations related to operations management. Informally, engage your network, you never know where your next opportunity will come from.
"Working in an operations role requires many skills. You need to be a hands on worker who is flexible, strategic and forward thinking. See how this Operations Manager stays firm but fluid to be a team player running the warehouse of a sustainability company."