Operations management is primarily concerned with the effective management of production and operations systems in manufacturing and service organizations. As a key functional area of an organization, operations management focuses on quality, reliability, productivity, flexibility and supply chain management.
Managing the supply chain involves a variety of activities such as managing quality, suppliers, procurement, outsourcing and customer relationships. Integrating such activities is vital to the performance of organizations and their bottom lines as a “chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”
Supply chain management has been gaining much popularity recently as companies recognize the importance of managing the movement of raw materials, inventory, and finished goods from point-of-origin to point-of-consumption in a cost-efficient manner.
Why is Operations Management in demand?
- According to Payscale.com, the average salary for operations managers was $60,572 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
- Operations management is one of the fastest growing majors at Scranton and across the country.
- Team building, organization, time management and integrity are important qualities for managers and employees of all levels.
- Data from the 2008 census shows over 27 million businesses exist in the United States alone. Businesses will always need strong leaders and managers to facilitate operations.
Is it for me?
- Analytical and practical?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Operations Management
There have never been as many opportunities for operations management as there are now. Sustainability. Lean manufacturing. Green business. Data mining. These are the key issues that are on the minds of business leaders and companies today.
-Nabil Tamimi, Ph.D.
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Where will Operations Management take me?
Organizations across the globe need highly-qualified operations professionals to run as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Here are some examples of jobs depending on your interests:
- Production Manager
- Materials Manager
- Inventory Analyst
- Warehouse Manager
- Plant Manager
- Quality Manager
- Production Planning Analyst
- Purchasing Manager
- Supply Chain Specialist
- Operations Manager
- Supplies Specialist
- Buyer or Purchasing Agent,
- Store Manager
- Customer Service Manager
- Quality Manager Consultant
Top Graduate Schools
Just a couple of the prestigious graduate schools that have admitted recent operations management graduates:
- Penn State (Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management)
- The University of Scranton
You’ll find Scranton graduates working a wide range of companies and organizations including:
- Bank of America
- Goodyear/ (Wingfoot)
- Merrill Lynch
- Piers/ UBM Global Trade
- Photon Information Technology
- Preferred Freezer Service
- Tobyhanna Army Depot
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
At Scranton, the level of personal faculty attention means that professors are also advocates for students as they enter their careers or apply to graduate school.
Students in the Kania School of Management participate in the Center for Professional Development’s “Passport” activities to develop non-academic skills to success in corporate settings. Interviewing skills, internship and job search strategies, and keys to success in their first career positions are among the topics covered. Combined with the exceptional educational background and practical experience of operations management majors, these skills ensure that students are ready to take the business world by storm.