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.
I'm the general manager for a recycling company. My role is a very hands-on role. There's a lot of strategy and forward thinking involved, but there's also daily instances of having to roll up my own sleeves to help my warehouse team or my drivers.
Operations leaders need to be firm but fluid in their approach. The best laid plans will change in the blink of an eye. You have to be an effective communicator. You're an effective communicator with your team, across your organization and with your customers. You have to have a crisp and clear vision of where you want your operations to go and what will help or hinder you in getting there. You have to be a good people leader even though good is probably a very subjective term.
For our company we offer a salary range of $90,000 to $150,000 annual fee and that's dependent on multiple factors.
I have a lot of optimism for a career in operations. I think you will become trained and skilled across many different industries and as a whole I think operations is the heartbeat of most organizations. At the heart of any operation is its workforce. So understand how different personalities and motivations fit within a company's whole. I lead with the intent on being a positive role model to my young team that will help them become strong leaders and independent makers.