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					The Role of the Operations Manager
Operations managers are responsible for managing activities that are part of the production of goods and services. Their direct responsibilities include managing the operations process, embracing design, planning, control, performance improvement, and operations strategy. Their indirect responsibilities include interacting with those managers in other functional areas within the organization whose roles have an impact on operations. Such areas include marketing, finance, accounting, personnel and engineering. Operations managers' responsibilities include:
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Human resource management – the people employed by an organization either work directly to create a good or service or provide support to those who do. People and the way they are managed are a key resource of all organizations. Asset management – an organization’s buildings, facilities, equipment and stock are directly involved in or support the operations function. Cost management – most of the costs of producing goods or services are directly related to the costs of acquiring resources, transforming them or delivering them to customers. For many organizations in the private sector, driving down costs through efficient operations management gives them a critical competitive edge. For organizations in the not-for-profit sector, the ability to manage costs is no less important.

Decision making is a central role of all operations managers. Decisions need to be made in:
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Designing the operations system Managing the operations system Improving the operations system.

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The five main kinds of decision in each of these relate to: 1. The processes by which goods and services are produced 2. The quality of goods or services 3. The quantity of goods or services (the capacity of operations) 4. The stock of materials (inventory) needed to produce goods or services 5. The management of human resources.

Responsibilities of an Operations Manager in a Software company
First and foremost the Operations Manager is like a Prioritizer of Software Projects providing guidance with which softwares are time critical and which are not. He has the responsiblity to provide all the software projects on time. Secondly the Operations Manager will create a project team with the appropriate mix of skills to ensure that all aspects of the software development process can be managed. Also an Operations Manager provides Quality and standard control for the software development process. Software Development is part of the fast moving technology industry so the Operations Manager would also keep in touch with the latest technology in the market and upgrade the existing Softwares. The above duties are provided with the assumption that software sales is a separate domain if not then Software sales will also play a significant part in the Operations Manager's responsibilities.
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In most cases an Operations Manager is a senior Programmer or Analyst so depending on the culture in the company he may advise the software development team on the appropriate tools and course of action and also provide troubleshooting assistance when they get stuck. Though the later is quite rare. Well there are other administrative and operational duties as well but these are the most important.

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