Operations Careers

Grow your career in Operations

Experience in operations will always be valuable. Premier is seeking operations-level professionals to help plan, direct, and coordinate various aspects of the industries we serve. Ideal candidates have held positions that require formulating policies, managing daily operations and planning the use of materials and human resources. Often, operations jobs are too diverse and general in nature to be classified into any one area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.

Operations Job Duties

In some organizations, joining at the operations level will give you responsibilities that may overlap those of chief executive officers. Depending upon the depth and breadth of the position, in general, operations professionals should have knowledge of the following:

  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

How Much Do Operations Professionals Make?

The job of operations managers can be challenging and stressful at times, but these professionals are usually compensated very well for their time, education, skills, and experience. Most operational managers who work in technical management, professional services or manufacturing, and production companies generally enjoy six-figure salaries. Others who may work in ancillary industries as operations managers are not very far behind their more technical peers. Some of the highest paying operational management jobs are found in New York, California, and Connecticut.

Entry-Level Operations Salary Figures

Entry-Level Business Operations Manager Salary. The average salary for an Entry-Level Business Operations Manager is $63,578 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Business Analysis, Project Management, Data Analysis, Financial Analysis, and Process Improvement.

Mid-Level & Operations Management Salary Figures

The median annual Operations Manager salary is $93,162, as of April 29, 2018, with a range usually between $81,054-$108,925, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors.

A Day In The Life Of Operations

The duties of operations managers include the oversight of human resources, facilities and financial management. For example, operations managers are often the lead hiring manager for new talent who pass the initial screening process provided by human resource professionals. These managers also make sure companies’ operations departments have the facilities, materials and equipment that are needed to accomplish work effectively. Operations managers do this by developing keen knowledge of their organizations’ activities, generating and implementing operational plans and monitoring budgets. The position of operations manager requires the exercise of good judgement, rapid decision-making skills and excellent communication abilities.

Operations Skills

Do you have a passion for people and processes? Then this could be the job for you.

  • You must be able to see the big picture as well as the finer details, as your work is across the spectrum. You will deal in small daily matters, as well as larger aims and setting goals. A systematic organized approach to work is vital.
  • Brilliant communication and interpersonal skills, for dealing with many types of people at all levels in a direct diplomatic way, are essential. An understanding of customer/client requirements is also necessary.
  • You should be proficient in business planning software, in order to allow you to build financial projections, charts and reports in a short period of time.
  • Strong leadership skills, including effective time management, prioritizing and delegation, are required. You must be able to lead, coach, inspire, support and motivate your team, and always seeking to improve best practice.
  • Having natural creative flair and being full of ideas and energy to introduce new concepts and innovations would also be advantageous. A clean driving license is sometimes preferred.

Career Potential

As more businesses expand globally, the demand for a strong operations management skill set will be highlighted in the following fields:

  • Facilities Coordinator
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Process Engineer
  • Transportation Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Operations Analyst
  • Chief Operations Officer

Entry Level vs Senior (Pay, Responsibilities, Opportunity, etc.)

Whether you’re an experienced professional or a new graduate, you’ll have a chance to grow through a placement with Premier by working with companies that reflect your goals and interests. In addition to deepening your knowledge of your favorite topics, you can explore new areas—and perhaps develop a new passion in the process.

In short, the workplace of the future means this profession is going to rise in the fields of business. If you’re aspiring for a career in this industry, you’ll need to prove yourself by being a fast learner, online savvy, adaptable to the changing rules of the workplace, and highly motivated. You’ll also have to show your commitment to improving your skill set by investigating operations management online courses.

After gaining experience as an Operations Manager, you’ll be able to advance in your career, eventually moving into the sought-after position of a Chief of Operations (COO), one of the highest-ranking executives in a company, who works alongside and reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Benefits of working with Premier

Premier is here to ensure that you get the most out of your new position, whether as a contractor or an internal position. See the full list of benefits below, and reach out when you’re ready to consider growing your career with Premier.


  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Paid Holiday & Sick Time
  • Perks & Discount Program


  • Employer Paid Health Insurance
  • Internal Perks & Rewards
  • Paid Vacation & Time Off
  • Financial & Retirement Plans
  • Family & Parenting Leave