Operations manager

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What does an Operations Manager do?

An operations manager is responsible for the operations and productions within a business. The operations manager oversees the production of goods in a company and is also responsible for ensuring the optimal workings of a company's production machines.

Working as an Operations Manager

The operations manager is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that workers are inspired and motivated to do their jobs correctly
  • Making strategic decisions on behalf of the company
  • Helping the hiring section of a company recruit the best professionals for the business
  • Making sure documents are filed at the appropriate times according to established laws and regulations
  • Acting as a third party between the working staff and the company's managers

How much does an Operations Manager make in the United States?

Average base salary
12.6k salaries reported, updated at Jul 02, 2020
per year
The average salary for a operations manager is $70,778 per year in the United States, $10,000 cash bonus per year and $7,000 profit sharing per year.
Additional compensation
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Most common benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan

Where can an Operations Manager earn more?

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being an Operations Manager

What qualifies a person to be an operations manager?

Operations managers must have a degree in business administration or in a related course of study. Candidates must also have the required experience.

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What are the roles of an operations manager in an organization?

Some of the roles of an operations manager may take on include:

  • Organizing various sections of a company
  • Working with all personnel, including staff members and managers, to meet goals
  • Recruiting staff for the company
  • Training new staff members
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Meeting budget requirements and correcting any issues
  • Creating company policies that guide the business's relationship with customers
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What are common operations manager interview questions?

Some common interview questions for operations managers are:

  • How do you inspire others to do their best work?
  • What type of experience do you have negotiating contracts with outside suppliers?
  • What data processing and statistical software are you familiar with?
  • How do you ensure quality is maintained in the face of increased productivity?
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Is there any difference between an operations manager and a general manager?