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Operations Management and Career

Operations Management is a function in most business models. In fact no business organization can function
without at least some amount of operational management skill. Even a small firm of lawyers requires some
level of operations management for its smooth functioning. There are companies whose core skill is logistic
operations such as security operations, transportation, courier, etc. In companies involved in production,
manufacturing, construction, banking, hotel, travel and tourism, mining, etc.
Operation is either the main activity or a major part of its business activity. Today, since outsourcing
has been developed in to an industry sector, many companies, for whom operations management is not its
core business activity, tend to outsource the part of operations management.
Examples are that, in proactive banking and insurance business the customer service and relationship
activities are outsourced to companies who are specialized in those areas.
Scope in India
In this section of operations management jobs Naukri hub gives operations management and execution job
vacancies available in Indian cities and regions. These opportunities may be from many industries, like
mining, petroleum refinery, coal, manufacturing, construction, project management, transportation and other
logistic activities, insurance, banking, printing and publishing, distribution channel, outsourcing industry, air
cargo as well as shipping companies. In this section you will find listing for operations Managers jobs in
india, Executives, operations staff of all other categories.
Operations Management jobs are generally spread across diverse industrial activities spread in
diverse sectors, consulting organizations, and non-profit organizations in Indian cities. The job is about
controlling and utilizing the organizations resources in a logical and profitable manner. To ensure effective
production, the operations managers are supposed to organize resources and employees, plan the priorities of
customer and organizational requirements, maintaining staffing levels and performance management and
measuring and rewarding to achieve organizational effectiveness.
Operations Management Job Description:
Operations Management job description across diverse business organization are categorized below:
Distribution Management
Industrial Engineering
Production Management
Risk Management
Resource Management
Project Management
Logistics Management
Intelligence Operations
Performance Management
Supply Chain Management
Transportation Management
Business Process Reengineering
Inventory Control & Management
Job vacancies in Operations Management exist in most industrialized cities of India. Growths of job
openings in the field depend on the speed of economic development activities in the city. Cities like
Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Hyderabad are hot Indian cities
where operational jobs an available in large numbers.
Academic Requirements:
To be a good Operations manager on should have a graduation degree in any discipline. Security companies
prefer retired Officers from armed forces to be an operations manager. In many businesses the operation is
highly technical, in such situations the companies prefer engineering graduates. Good communication and
interpersonal skills are required to be successful operations managers. Physical energy is a requirement in
many operations.

Career Ladder:
In most of the operations people start the career at early age of 22-25 years. Such people will be designated
as:
Operations Executives
Operations Coordinator
Project Coordinator
Contract Administrators
Sales Operations Executives
Middle Management Positions
Manager Operations
Project Manager
Logistics Manager
Area Manager
Administration Managers
Electrical Operations Engineer
Flight Operations Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
Logistics Manager
Operations Lead
Real Time Operations Lead
Field Operations Manager
Project Engineer
Project Operations Officer
Unit Managers
Operation Support Analysts
Senior Positions
Director/Dy.Director - Operations
Director Flight Operations
Director - Electric Operations
President Field Operations
Remuneration:
Salary of personnel in Operation function varies from industry to industry, in banking, hotel and airline
sectors the salaries are very high an in non business operations the salaries comparatively lower. A fresh
graduate with good interpersonal and communications skill can earn anything between Rs.12000.00 to
Rs.18000.00 in cities and between rs.8000.00 to 13000.00 in rural operations. Perks and other allowances
are normally extra. In this job many companies prefer MBAs and offer much higher salaries for a fresher.
For senior managers and above salary can be anything between 8 lacs and 20 lacs per annum.

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Operations Management Careers


Operations management emphasis in an MBA program is generally divided into service operations and
manufacturing or production operations. In each instance, the MBA student should supplement operations
management curriculum with courses in MIS/IT or information systems.
Because of well-developed problem solving skills, undergraduate degrees in engineering or real
world experience in engineering related fields are highly beneficial backgrounds for an operations
management career.
General Operations Managers
An operations manager must be in possession of a diverse skill set. The operations manger is responsible for
creating budgets and making decisions on employee training and hiring, employee supervision, equipment
procurement, and administrative policy development. Well-developed communication skills are essential.
The operations manager must coordinate and confer with other departments and managers within the
company, as well as contractors and suppliers. Because of this broad range of responsibilities, the MBA is an
essential part of an operations managers training.
Operations Management Engineers
Top management may give the operations manager broad guidelines for developing technical and scientific
goals for the company. Operations managers develop plans and goals for such things as manufacturing
process optimization, product development and re-design, intranet development, and so on.
Manufacturing Development and Operations
Other career paths for MBAs in the manufacturing area of the corporate world, such as product development
manager, production supervisor, and manufacturing director can be stepping stones to upper level positions
like plant manager or COO (chief operating officer). Persons in these positions often carry responsibilities
like production planning, forecasting, quality control, standardization, and process analysis.
A number of MBAs with manufacturing emphasis enter the consulting field. Many have engineering
backgrounds, making them ideal for assisting in process re-engineering, manufacturing consulting, and
manufacturing optimization. In preparation for these duties, many students take additional courses in
information systems.
Service Operations
An internal consultant or quality analyst performs many of the same functions as an operations manager, but
in the service operations sector. These professionals are skilled in outsourcing, pricing optimization,
customer service, and market optimization. Many MBA graduates in this field are also hired by consulting
firms.

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Prepare for a Hands-On Career in a Make-It-Happen Business Field


If taking a product from dream to reality sounds like a role you'd like to fill, consider a career in operations
management. From total quality management to capacity resource planning to logistics and marketing
strategy, operations management professionals have the needed skills and experience to facilitate and
manage processes that bring important products into being. In an operations management career you also
may help oversee the production and delivery of goods and services and find new ways to apply technology
to business strategy. If you prepare for an operations management career, expect to be pursued by businesses
around the world.
Operations management careers can be found a variety of settings, including:
Retail
Manufacturing
Aerospace
Pharmaceuticals
Electronics
Healthcare
Government
Put Your DeVry Degree to Work in an Operations Management Career
When you earn your business administration degree from DeVry with a concentration/major in operations
management, you'll be prepared to coordinate the resources, activities and logistics required to produce and
deliver goods and services. With a title such as operations manager or logistics and quality control specialist,
your professional responsibilities could include:
Interfacing with systems engineers and quality control managers
Negotiating with suppliers to ensure timely delivery of materials
Planning, scheduling and directing production and product delivery
Troubleshooting production control and quality issues
Get the Operation Management Career You Want with a Degree from DeVry
Graduates of DeVry's Business Administration bachelor's degree program with a concentration/major in
Operations Management are prepared for all these career responsibilities and more! Through a mix of
informative classes and hands-on experience, you receive the in-depth, specialized education required to
step into today's most rewarding operations management careers. Or, take the next step in your career and
continue your education at DeVry's Keller Graduate School to earn your MBA (Master's degree in Business
Administration).
DeVry graduates in business administration with a concentration/major in operations
management will be prepared for careers in areas such as:
Purchasing management
Process re-engineering
Quality assurance and control
Logistics
Facility management and supervision
DeVry is the university where you can gain the skills, credentials and respect you need to make it big in the
world of operations management. DeVry's success at preparing its students for careers is hard to beat! Check
this out.for the past year in all DeVry programs and locations combined, 91% of DeVry graduates in the
active job market held positions in their chosen field within 6 months of graduation and earned average
entry-level salary of $41,000.

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Become an Operations Manager

Operations managers plan, direct or coordinate the operations of a company or organization. They decide
how facilities should be laid out, formulate products and policies, control inventory and distribution, drive
logistics, and create employee schedules, among other duties. In some organizations, the duties of an
operations manager may overlap with those of the CEO.
Undergraduates can earn a bachelor's degree in operations management or take courses in operations
management as part of a business degree. MBA students can choose a concentration in operations
management, and some schools offer master's degrees and PhDs in operations management.
While both an MBA with a focus on management and a Master of Operations Management degree will
prepare you to assume managerial positions within the business world, the MBA will provide you with more
skills transferable to other areas. The master's in operations management will provide you with greater
specialized management expertise rather than broad and general experience in multiple areas. The MBA
degree's broad curriculum also helps operations managers integrate the different functions within a company.
Students in MBA programs with an emphasis on operations management will most likely study everything
from information systems, administrative theory, supply chain management, microeconomics and human
resources management to finance, managerial accounting, policy, calculus, statistics, project management
and management science.
Necessary Skills
Operations managers need a broad range of skills, including a keen understanding of people and processes.
They must be deft problem solvers, detailed planners, and adept managers and decision makers. Most
importantly, operations managers should enjoy working with people, talking about projects and solving
problems in teams. They should also possess the following characteristics:
Strong leadership ability
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Operations management is also a field that is constantly being shaped by international competition.
Operations management personnel, therefore, must be familiar with computer technology, quantitative
methods, and planning and problem-solving techniques useful in analyzing business systems, in order to
keep up with the rapidly growing, evolving market.
Career Options for Operations Managers
Entry-level titles include operations manager, operations consultant, manager of business process
improvement and project manager. Operations management specialists typically begin their careers in areas
such as quality management, production control, service delivery management and logistics. Specialists
have opportunities to work in cross-functional teams involved in process re-engineering, strategy
development, product design and technology planning.
Those who have proven themselves in the field become senior operations managers and product managers,
and some cross over into more general corporate positions such as CFO, industrial relations manager or even
CEO. According to Payscale.com's 2007 data, operations management salaries range from $46,994 to
$59,708 in entry- and mid-level jobs, while senior-level operations managers can make up to $76,737.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), while employment of managers is growing at a
steady rate, competition is also growing, limiting job openings and making it more difficult to secure
available jobs. As operations management, however, is generally accepted as crucial to the success of an
organization, the BLS website explains that, their jobs are unlikely to be automated or to be eliminated
through corporate restructuring." Essentially, competition is stiff, but job security and status are both quite
secure.
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