Operations management is the administration of business practices for ensuring maximum efficiency within a business.
Operations managers generally have a wide variety of tasks such as analyzing day-to-day operations. It’s an operations manager’s job to oversee the entirety of the company and to make sure everything is running as smoothly as possible.
Planning and controlling change takes up a good deal of an operation manager’s time. They often control things like schedules, budgeting, hiring and much more.
Most industries function better by having an operations manager on board to specifically focus on controlled change. They closely study and dissect the current strategy to look for possible ways to improve. When a change needs to be made in order to improve operations, they oversee the transition and continue to watch closely.
Managing quality assurance programs also normally falls under operations management. Quality plays a big part in the success of a company. To set up a quality assurance program, an operations manager may need to:
- Create standards
- Create policies and procedures
- Create a quality program description
- Create a quality assurance committee
- Implement corrective action plans
Then there are budgets. This too falls under the operation manager’s bailiwick.
Budgets play a huge role in the success of any project. Operations management also includes creating, balancing and reviewing the overall budget.
In addition to creating and sticking to a budget, it’s also up to the operations manager to review the budget frequently. As more budgets are created and more data is collected, it will be easier to create the initial budget at the beginning of the project.
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