China Industry Spotlight: Operational Management
If you are an operations manager, what do you do exactly? Well, first of all, you are obsessed with efficiency. If there is any way to make things go faster and still maintain quality, you get it done. Your second goal is to save money and increase profit. An operations manager understands the inner workings of the company better than anyone and can see the whole picture of how each department works together and how each process in the company begins and ends. Sound difficult? At first, definitely. However, after gaining years of experience, operational managers are able to quickly find and eliminate excess waste and streamline any company’s operations.
Operations people are extremely good with data and rational analysis. They are always focused on constant improvement and understand that problems won’t become problems if identified early enough. Operational managers often rely on technology to spot trouble and increase efficiency. Various programs can run “what if” analysis to test different theories the operational manager has to improve productivity. Perhaps the manufacturing space should be rearranged which would save minutes or even just seconds off the total time it takes to make the product. Perhaps increasing the amount of staff working at the front end of a company during a certain two hour window of time will decrease customer wait time and increase profits for the company which were previously lost by people walking away after waiting too long. Perhaps making one part of the product in a slightly different shape or out of a different material will save time, money or raw material supply constraints. Whatever a company’s pain points are, the operations team knows them and is working on finding solutions.
If you’re interested in becoming an operations manager, it’s best to get an operations management degree as this profession has a great deal of industry-specific terminology and theories that are important to learn. After obtaining your degree, then what? Moving to Asia might be an option. Asia is an excellent place to start your career in operational management as a great deal of theories and practices focusing on efficiency first came about in Asia. Ishikawa diagrams, 5S methodology, kanbans, JIT – all core operational management terms – each originated in Asia. China, the manufacturing and operational base for many companies, is always looking for new talent in the operational field. As the Chinese economy slows down and the manufacturing sector reduces due to increasing costs such as increasing standards of living, companies in China will need to find even more ways to make manufacturing and other sectors competitive, efficient and profitable. Sounds like just the job for an operational manager!
Gi2C Group can help you find an operational management internship and learn more about China’s unique culture along the way with an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai. Internships are the perfect opportunity to test different industries and company environments to learn about what type of career best suits you.
- Find ways to make operations more productive and efficient
- Research and resolve frequent operational problems
- Analyze various processes within the company and find exceptions or areas for improvement
- Meet with each department and identify their pain points
- Project assistance
Experience and qualifications:
Preferably a graduate with a Bachelor’s in Business, Operational Management or Supply Chain Management. Excellent analytical and organizational skills and able to communicate effectively. Able to use Microsoft Office to its full abilities and possessing an understanding of basic industry concepts. Must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines as well as work hard.