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A concentration in operations management provides you with the knowledge and skills required to perform the processes that transform or convert inputs of materials, energy, information, and human skills into goods and services that satisfy customer needs. It will give you an understanding of the design and implementation of systems for planning, controlling and continuously improving operations.
Nature of work & types of jobs:
Positions of Recent Grads:
The following are examples of career paths in the field of operations management:
Operations Managers analyze, design, and improve the processes by which goods and services are produced. They forecast future demand for goods and services, monitor the work environment, vendor selection, and manage logistics and supply chains.
Production Managers are responsible for ensuring production runs smoothly through the allocation of labour resources, monitoring production scheduling and costs, and coordinating receiving raw materials or shipping of complete products.
Quality Assurance Managers implement and manage quality assurance programs and are responsible for making sure that expected levels of quality will be reached.
Operations Research Analysts decide on the best allocation of resources (i.e. time, money, people, space, and raw materials) within an organization or system.
Purchasing Managers buy the goods and services, raw materials, and supplies needed by the firm for its operation. They are responsible for coordinating the quantity, quality, price, and timing delivery as required by the firm.
Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) - CSCPs use processes, tools, and technologies applied to managing the end-to-end forward and backward flow of materials, information, and value in the supply chain.
Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) - A CMQ/OE facilitates and leads team efforts to establish and monitor customer/supplier relations, supports strategic planning and deployment initiatives, and helps develop measurement systems to determine organizational improvement.
Professional Certification in Supply Chain and Logistics (P.Log) - The Professional Logistician initiates and manages change throughout the organization, is the key to a company’s bench strength in globally competitive markets, and is committed to continuous learning in the service of sustainable business developments.
Courses at Brock
A concentration in Operations Management prepares you to work in a variety of positions including manager of manufacturing or service operations, project manager, supply chain analyst, inventory manager, logistics planner or a consultant. There are also a number of professional certifications in the industry. Upper-year courses offered at Brock include:
Clubs & Associations
Both work and volunteer experience can help you gain the necessary skills to get a job in operations management.
Recommended Club(s) on Campus:
Associations, Volunteer Organizations, and other resources:
You are also encouraged to attend the following events, hosted by the BCDO: