What does an Operations Analysis Manager do?
The main part of my job is ensuring that the stock reflected on our system on and off site matches the physical count to ensure we have enough material to produce products for our customers. I also have to investigate any material variances that would potentially cause us issues on a financial or supply front. I aid with stock rotation and highlight products close to the end of shelf life to avoid costs.
I analyse data provided by factory in terms of rejects, weight control, downtime and a variety of other factors identifying areas for potential improvements. I provide our staff with targets they need to be working towards, based upon their most recent performance.
I build product structures for newly launched products, which requires working closely with New Product Development Department; as well as making any amendments to existing products we sell.
I ensure everything is set up on the system so the orders land correctly and there are no differences when it comes to costs.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing this career?
Try and learn as much as you can about product costing and recipes as well as individual raw ingredients and how they react to different thermal conditions if working in food manufacturing industry. It will help you develop a better understanding of any material variances you come across and can sometimes save you a lot of time. Developing IT skills is certainly beneficial when it comes to any analysis of data.
What was your starting salary?
My starting salary was an hourly rate of £10.10 per hour.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I would say that the best part of my job is being appreciated and being the “go to” person if somebody has a stock/recipe related issue. I also enjoy working within a team of great people and solving problems together, which leads a far better overall performance of the site.
Did you buy something special with your first pay cheque?
At the time I was still living with my parents so I was able to spend some of the money on a new laptop.