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Different Job Options Operations Management In 2015
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The different opportunities As operations management continues to develop throughout 2015, we are going to see an increased number of different career options in the field of operations management. Even though these are obviously not all of the different options that you are going to come across, they do provide a decent overview of some of the most interesting opportunity areas. Reading through this list should give you a decent idea of what might be available and where your own interests and skills might drive you.

Purchasing manager

A purchasing manager is in charge of buying the supplies, raw materials, and goods and services needed for the company for its operation. Appropriate for the company’s needs, they will coordinate timing delivery, price, quality, and quantity. On average, a purchasing manager is going to be responsible for about half of the total expenses of that particular company.

Every company is going to have certain specific daily purchases. Virtually every sector is going to deal with purchasing: both private and public. Jobs that you might see here include purchasing manager, purchasing agent, buyer, and expediter.

Operations manager

The position most commonly associated with the actual concept of ‘operations management’. The operations manager focuses on optimizing the general corporate infrastructure for a company by changing and monitoring the different budgets, real estate, supply chain management, vendor selection, and work environment.

Logistics manager

The logistics manager is going to be responsible for the supply chain management in a vital area of the company. This is a highly process-focused position. They focus on accuracy any efficiency in relates to shipping and receiving goods.

Quality assurance manager

The quality assurance manager works to prevent product deficiencies through correction, detection, and prevention. They make sure that the company meets the established production quality standards and their production goals. They might test, inspect, and sample operations and set standards accordingly. Many of these managers are part of a firm’s total quality management strategic initiatives because of the introduction of the Malcolm Baldrige Award. Jobs that you might see here include technician, inspector, and quality assurance manager.

Operations research analyst

The operations research analyst decides how to best allocate resources within a system or an organization. Examples of resources might include raw materials, space, people, money, and time. The may also compare competing research projects in order to determine what projects to drop, what projects to focus on, what performs best on cost, results, and time given a fixed set of resources. Jobs here may include forecaster, office manager, systems analyst, and industrial engineer.

Industrial production manager

The industrial production manager coordinates the activities of production departments of manufacturing firms. This means that they are responsible for equipment operation, quality control, staffing, inventory control, maintenance, and production scheduling. An industrial production manager will also interact with other departments to coordinate the unit’s activities with that of the other departments. Some of the jobs here include production manager, production planner, manufacturing manager, and line supervisor.

Facilities coordinator

A facilities coordinator will design the company’s physical environment. This means working on associated equipment, furniture, and building design.

Materials manager

Material managers will ensure that the product is handled properly through all phases, from production all the way to finished goods. This includes getting the product to the customers, to warehouses, distribution centers, and even shipping between departments. A materials manager ensures that the company gets the right item at the right price, at the right time, at the right place. Some of the jobs here may include materials manager, logistics manager, warehouse manager, and traffic manager.

Again, these are just some of the dominant job opportunities that you might see in operations management. This does not mean that these are the only options. If you want to learn more about the possible job options that you have available or want to know more possible ways to get into operations management, make sure to check out “Interviews with Masters of Operations Management”

Normand Banker

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