How do I Become an Operations Coordinator?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 01 October 2018
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Many people who work in administration want to become operations coordinators. The primary responsibilities of this role include communication of schedules within the organization, arranging for supplies and materials, coordinating resources and equipment and working with people across multiple functional areas. This position is commonly found in manufacturing, construction and service sectors.

Anyone who wants to become an operations coordinator must be detail-oriented, an excellent communicator and good with people. Someone who is shy, prefers to work alone and is interested in creating and designing more than organizing will not be happy or successful in this role. In addition to these soft skills, most employers want a candidate with intermediate computer skills, accurate typing ability and the ability to work with a broad range of technologies.

The first step to become an operations coordinator is to complete a relevant post-secondary training program. A diploma or degree from an accredited school in business administration or business management provides the skills required for this position. In addition to the standard course curriculum, many students take advanced computer software courses in office productivity programs.

Based on the job description, related work experience can be obtained from almost any administrative coordinator or assistant position. The most important tasks include coordinating resources, written and oral communications, managing conflicting priorities and working in a changing environment. The ability to manage conflict, resolve differences and contribute to a team environment are all very important.


Career advancement opportunities for anyone who has become an operations coordinator include working as an operations manager, project manager or director of operations. These are all managerial roles, so a minimum of five years of experience working as an operations coordinator typically is required. Many people take part-time certificates in management to learn the skills necessary for these promotional opportunities.

When looking to become an operations coordinator, narrow your job search to industries that require an operations coordinator. The next step is to identify companies sufficiently large enough to need the services of an operations coordinator. Look for a company with at least 25 employees, because the company likely will have enough business to require the services of an operations coordinator.

Technology has resulted in dramatic changes to the job of an operations coordinator. He or she must be able to use complex accounting, scheduling and project management tools. Additionally, dedication to continuing eduction is now mandatory, because skills need to be upgraded as technology changes. Participating in a professional association or group is a great way to stay current.



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