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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Operations Manager is between $100k and $120k

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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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How do Operations Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 44 Operations Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.6
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.7
Variety of work
4.3

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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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Oct 2018
Operations Manager controls the engine of any business
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Banking
The good things
Managing Operations is a tough job and you need to be passionate about it The good things If you are passionate about running an Operations you need to always challenge yourself to continuously impr...
The challenges
1. Influence people to change the way they do things 2. Always work within the framework of regulations 3. Motivating staff
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Working hours for Operations Managers

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Operations Managers?

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Operations Manager jobs on SEEK
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