Operations Management

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Possible Career Options

  • Goods and Services
    • Buyer:
      The buyer is responsible for purchasing products and materials for the company to either sell as is or to use in the production of other products. This also includes supplier selection and supplier relations.
    • Materials Clerk:
      A materials clerk works in product control, ensuring availability of material when and where it is needed.
  • Layout Design and Strategy
    • Layout Design Specialist:
      A layout design specialist is generally hired as a contract worker to analyze a company’s work area. It is their job to recommend changes to the layout of the workspace in order to arrange it in the most efficient way.
    • Logistics Manager:
      The logistics manager is in charge of the integration of all the processes involved in supply-chain management - goods, labour, information, capital and facilities. They are central to the smooth running of any business, and are employed in-house or are contracted out by a logistics service provider.
  • Process and Capacity Design
    • Business Forecaster:
      A business forecaster uses different methods of forecasting to help a business see into the future. Forecasting can consist of predicting anything from sales dollars to stock price - anything that can impact a business’s affairs. This job requires a good understanding of statistics and econometrics.
    • Operations Research Analyst:
      An operations research analyst conducts analyses of management and operational problems and formulates mathematical or simulation models of problems for solution by computers or other methods.
  • Quality Management
    • Quality Control Manager:
      The quality control manager coordinates the activities of workers engaged in testing and evaluating products in order to control quality of manufacture and to ensure compliance with legal standards.
  • Scheduling
    • Project Manager:
      The project manager’s job is to provide management oversight for all phases of a project, including coordinating workers, material, and equipment, ensuring that specifications are being followed, and that work is proceeding on schedule and within budget.

Professional Associations and Organizations

  • Supply Chain Management Association

    The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) is Canada's largest association for supply chain management professionals. The association has 7500 members working in roles that cover sourcing, procurement, logistics, inventory, and contract management. Some of the largest sectors employing supply chain management professionals are:

    • Manufacturing
    • Services
    • Natural Resources
    • Retail
    • Government, Health Care, and Education

    Anyone with an interest in supply chain management can become a member of SCMA including supply chain management practitioners, other business professionals, and students considering a career in the field. Student memberships for Saskatchewan are $29 + GST (must be a full-time student). Their Careers page contains a wealth of information on career possiblities in supply chain management. And they have Member Profiles, where SCMA members explain, in their own words, the role they play in their organizations.

  • Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council
    The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) works with employers, supply-chain related associations, governments, and individuals working in the supply chain to identify and meet the sector's HR challenges. Take a look at their Career page for more information on the supply chain industry and careers and career advice for aspiring supply chain professionals. Student memberships are available.
  • APICS Canadian District
    APICS is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Student memberships are available. Certification opportunities include Certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), and Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD).
  • American Society for Quality
    The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With individual and organizational members around the world, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world's corporations, organizations, and communities to meet tomorrow's critical challenges. Student memberships are available. Training and certification programs are also available. Take a look at their Career Center for more information on finding a job in the industry.
  • Canadian Institute of Traffic & Transportation (CITT)

    CITT is industry's most experienced, valued, and respected source of complete, career-long learning and career-path development open for everyone who buys, sells, or manages the flow of goods and product, or is impacted by supply chain logistics. CITT provides:

  • Project Management Institute
    Project Management Institute is the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program, and portfolio management profession. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. Student memberships are available. Find out more about professional development in project management, The PMI North Saskatchewan Chapter serves members of the Project Management Institute and other project management professionals in Northern Saskatchewan - and they have a student membership available!
  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA)
    Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association represents and supports members of the Canadian international freight forwarding industry. Freight forwarders ensure that internationally traded goods are transported from their point of origin to their destination economically, on time, and in good condition. The process of designing and executing these logistics requires negotiating rates with road, rail, sea, and air providers, creation of compliant documentation, and strict adherence to ever-changing regulations. The CIFFA has established a high level of professionalism within the freight forwarding industry in Canada. Find out more about CIFFA certificate programs - take a look at the CIFFA member directory to see which organizations operate within the freight forwarding industry.