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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.

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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.

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Becoming an Operations Manager typically involves a combination of education and extensive industry experience.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in business administration, business, commerce or a related field.
  2. Consider advancing your skills with a relevant postgraduate degree, such as a Graduate Certificate in Operational Excellence or Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  3. Gain extensive work experience. Consider starting in an entry-level role in business administration or human resources, before working your way up to roles that focus on managing people and processes.

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Master of Business Administration

This master degree will give you the crucial skills and knowledge needed to be a business leader.
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Bachelor of Commerce

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Bachelor of Business

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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.
Reviewer's Qualification
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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