What does an Operations Specialist do?

An operations specialist is responsible for the management of workflow throughout all departments within a business. The purpose of this position is to optimize daily activities and performance of the business across the board. Depending on the industry, an operations specialist may progress to a supervisory, managerial or an analyst position but will often need a bachelor's degree to do so.

At a minimum, an associate's degree is required to be an operations specialist with a bachelor's degree in business preferred. Depending on the industry or career field, you may be required to obtain advanced licenses. Candidates who do well in this position tend to work well under pressure and are able to work effectively with minimal supervision. Strong organization and time management skills are also highly valued.

What responsibilities are common for Operations Specialist jobs?
  • Assist the business operations manager in planning, organizing and coordinating functions relating to the operation of the business
  • Maintain an updated client, customer, contractor and supplier management system
  • Monitor expenses and budget in line with the finance and accounts department
  • Provide recommendations and suggestions for improvements in any aspects relating to increased performance
  • Help with the onboarding process including screen and interviewing candidates
  • Train new hires as necessary and ensure policies and procedures are followed
  • Keep up to date with the current market trends and industry forecasts
  • Coordinates with different departments to achieve optimal work production across the board
What are the typical qualifications for Operations Specialist jobs?
  • Proven experience in working in business operations or sales operations
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Good social and presentation skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • High self-initiative with the ability to work well under pressure
  • Able to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of handling general office equipment
  • Proficient in technology especially Microsoft Office applications
  • Physical capability of standing or sitting for long hours each work day
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Operations Specialist make near United States?

$57,341 /yr
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Operations Specialist Career Path

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Recruiting Operations Specialist
Jan 11, 2023

“I worked alongside some really great people who genuinely cared for one another both personally and professionally.”

Time and Expense Associate
Sep 8, 2021

“I had a great boss who helped with any issues and always try to keep things positive”

Marketing Operations Specialist
Oct 24, 2022

“I liked to work there the team was great and I had an amazing team leader”

Dispatch Operations Specialist
Aug 1, 2022

“Endless learning opportunities with one of the best managers[Vasu and Freddie I am talking about you guys :) ]”

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Operations Specialist
May 27, 2023

“Training is not organized and they can make you feel bad for not knowing everything immediately.”

Operations Specialist
Aug 9, 2021

“Working in an emerging industry has been an incredible opportunity to learn and grow career.”

Sales Operations Specialist
Jun 25, 2023

“Great way to get in the door of the professional world and start your career.”

Remote Operations Specialist
Dec 27, 2022

“Great overall exposure to every aspect of the operation and they have the best training program in the world.”

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  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Restaurant Manager

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