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Operations Manager

Use your management skills to make sure a company, or a department within a large organisation, is running as efficiently as possible.

What's it like to be an Operations Manager?

As an Operations Manager you will play a leading role in managing the production of goods and/or the provision of services.

Operations Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Developing operations strategies.
  • Running the day-to-day operations such as the production or distribution of products.
  • Planning and overseeing organisational change, such as the implementation of a new computer system.
  • Managing quality assurance programmes.
  • Setting and reviewing budgets and managing costs.
  • Managing the recruitment and training of staff.
  • Analysing and improving processes.
  • Enforcing health and safety procedures.
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Operations Managers are an important part of almost every industry, including retail, insurance, finance, healthcare, education, government institutions and manufacturing organisations.

Whilst your role may vary according to the industry and organisation you work in, you will typically be tasked with financial, staff, and resource management, as well as communications, safety measures, risk management and quality control.

What can I earn as an Operations Manager?

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Operations Manager roles in AUS were typically advertised between $90k and $140k over the last 3 months.
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How to become an Operations Manager


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Pathways to becoming an Operations Manager typically involve a combination of education and on-the-job experience. Most Operations Managers have completed an undergraduate degree and have at least 3-5 years of experience.

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree in business administration or a related field.
  2. Consider completing a Graduate Certificate focusing on supply chain management, operations or a similar field, or Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  3. Gain as much experience in business as you can. First-hand knowledge of how different parts of businesses work will help you oversee them later as an Operations Manager.
  4. Gain experience in managing people and processes.

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Latest Operations Manager reviews

Latest reviews from 96 Operations Managers surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
An operations management role is extremely challenging in the private sector, with no true support from executive management
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Child Care and Education
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Children’s services
The good things
The centre Coordinators and Educators are all wonderful individuals who crave knowledge and self improvement. They are eager to learn new skills and understand their roles
The challenges
As a for profit organisation, Executive management have no underpinning knowledge of childcare or it’s challenges. They all have financial backgrounds and have no operational experience in the sector....
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Jul 2021
Operations management is a difficult job, but can be rewarding if you're willing to take on the challenge.
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Bachelor of Pharmacy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Operations
The good things
Being a decision maker for the business, flexibility in working conditions, being the leader of a team.
The challenges
You have to be the able to balance multiple workloads, be the escalation point for problems from many departments, have a lot of repetitive tasks, highly stressful work.
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