A broad term suggesting administrative responsibilities and duties related to office functions, manufacturing, procurement, distribution, various management issues, and global accountability.

Comments: If a person is an “Operations Manager” they will normally take on many of the responsibilities in the above definition. They may also be directly accountable for profit and loss realizations and directing the global activities of a corporation.

Operations can also be a term to describe the day to day activities a Plant Manager must engage in to keep the plant running. Often you will see titles like: Director of Operations, Director of Manufacturing Operations, or “COO” Chief Operations Officer. Each of these titles implies significant accountability and leadership even though specific areas of accountability will differ.

It is also common to refer to various processes as “Operations.” Some examples include the anodizing operation, the welding operation, the plating operation, etc.