What does an Operations Support Specialist do?

Operations support specialists perform a range of administrative support tasks. They process invoices; approve purchase orders and negotiate with vendors; coordinate deliveries of supplies; and manage calendars. They may also be responsible for financial transactions, such as handling petty cash or overseeing a cash drawer. They also typically handle a variety of general office tasks such as data processing and organizing electronic files. They often coordinate maintenance repairs and manage other aspects of the physical property or equipment.

Operations support specialists typically have at least a high school diploma, although a college degree or additional training is an advantage. They commonly have a background as an administrative assistant or customer service representative. These roles require proficiency with common office software programs such as Outlook and Excel.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Operations Support Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$45,153 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$30K
Median: $45K
$67K
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Operations Support Specialist Career Path

Learn how to become an Operations Support Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Operations Support Specialist Insights

Read what Operations Support Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
MailchimpMailchimp
Support Operations
Aug 16, 2021

“I am incredibly honored to have made some great friends and acquaintances during my time at Mailchimp.”

IQVIAIQVIA
Operations Specialist-1
May 11, 2021

“Good base pay for first job out of college and handy way to get some experience under your belt.”

Commonwealth Financial NetworkCommonwealth Financial Network
Operations Support Specialist
Jan 21, 2020

“Training program provides true industry knowledge you will need in order excel for career development.”

Motion GlobalMotion Global
Marketplace Operations Specialist
Sep 7, 2020

“The career opportunities for some ppl especially for "shy" Chinese ppl are not good.”

Dufresne Spencer GroupDufresne Spencer Group
Store Operations Specialist
Jan 30, 2020

“I love working with this company because of the great atmosphere it brings into our everyday lives.”

Rain For RentRain For Rent
Operations Support Specialist
Aug 24, 2021

“At the branch administration level there is a great close knit team to work with.”

TravelSolutions by CampbellTravelSolutions by Campbell
Operations Support Specialist/Team Leader
Sep 13, 2019

“We have an amazing team of agents who truly care about the customers and we strive to provide the best customer service possible.”

LPL FinancialLPL Financial
Senior Operations Specialist
Oct 4, 2021

“Management is receptive and helpful for progressing in your career”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an operations support specialist

When working as an operations support specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Sharepoint Outlook, Microsoft Office Suite, Excellent Customer Service, Written Communication, and ECTD.

The most similar professions to operations support specialist are:
  • Operations Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • General Manager
  • Sales Manager

The most common qualifications to become an operations support specialist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.