Post-MBA Careers: Operations and productions management domains

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Operations and productions management ↑ Top ↑

Operations and Production Management is the management of all those processes required to produce and distribute products and services. Thus, operations and production management includes activities like purchasing, product and service management, quality and inventory management, logistics and transportation, facilities management and management of distribution channels.

Efficiency and effectiveness are important in operations management as it is important to produce quality products at the lowest possible cost and with minimum wastage. Operations Management thus involves continuous measurement and analysis of internal processes.

Working in operations management ↑ Top ↑

From the nature of processes involved, operations and productions management is most relevant in the Manufacturing sector. Thus sectors like steel, automobile, construction, textile, chemical, food and beverage, metal, engineering etc are major employers of operations managers. Operations Management is not just restricted to the manufacturing sector. The concepts are universal and can also be applied to the Service Sector to improve their responsiveness to customers.

However, operations management is not everybody’s cup of tea. Working in this field requires a shift in management style and a change in outlook. Operations management is not just about conference room meetings and brainstorming sessions. It also involves getting down on the shop floor and dealing with workers. It involves understanding people problems and facing practical realities.

As a management trainee, you will have to travel and visit various factory sites to understand the production process. The job is thus not a typical office job. The actual job that you will do will depend on your skills within the field. For e.g. you might be a Purchase Manager or a Quality Control Manager or a Supply Chain Manager etc. In due course managers rise to the position of a Chief Operations Officer (COO).

Key skills requirements ↑ Top ↑

Success in Operations Management depends on your ability to understand the inter-linkages between various departments and people and how they contribute o the overall success of the organization.