Area operations managers oversee the operation of various aspects of a business and ensures everything is working properly, efficiently, and safely within a given region. The specific requirements for this type of job position will vary depending on the type and the size of the company for whom area operations managers work. For example, an area operations manager working for a chain of stores would be responsible for hiring and training staff members (at larger chains, they may just hire supervisors who would then hire the rest of the store’s staff), ensuring that each store meets the chain’s requirements and standards, evaluating performance, and analyzing sales data. Or, an area operations manager working for an energy company would be responsible for overseeing the building and maintenance of field equipment or structures, preparing operational budgets, evaluating the quality of work and adherence to safety regulations, negotiating contracts and addressing the concerns of clients, customers, land owners and developers.
Due to the nature of the position, area operations managers can expect to do a fair amount of traveling. The position usually involves a 40 hour work week, although emergencies and travel time may require area operations managers to put in more hours. A bachelor’s degree is usually the educational requirement for area operations managers, along with two to five years of experience overseeing people or operations. Many companies prefer to fill this type of position from within their company, so it is possible to work up to this job title from a more entry level position.
Area Operations Manager Tasks
- Support sales efforts and outreach by establishing and maintaining external relations.
- Establish and monitor staffing mix, goals, and effects on budgets.
- Direct, review, and manage daily operations and staff, including all reporting.
- Monitor processes and budgets to reduce waste and increase efficiency.