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OPERATIONS/DEPARTMENTAL MANAGER LEVEL 5

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About the course

An Operations or departmental manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects, and achieving operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisations strategy. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities and job titles will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same. Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring.

Course Summary

Operational management

 

Understand operational management approaches and models, including creating plans to deliver objectives and setting KPIs. Understand business development tools (eg SWOT), and approaches to continuous improvement. Understand operational business planning techniques, including how to manage resources, development of sales and marketing plans, setting targets and monitoring performance. Knowledge of management systems, processes and contingency planning. Understand how to initiate and manage change by identifying barriers and know how to overcome them. Understand data security and management, and the effective use of technology in an organisation.

Able to input into strategic planning and create plans in line with organisational objectives.

Support, manage and communicate change by identifying barriers and overcoming them. Demonstrate commercial awareness, and able to identify and shape new opportunities. Creation and delivery of operational plans, including setting KPIs, monitoring performance against plans. Producing reports, providing management information based on the collation, analysis and interpretation of data.

Project management

Know how to set up and manage a project using relevant tools and techniques, and understand process management. Understand approaches to risk management.

Plan, organise and manage resources to deliver required outcomes. Monitor progress, and identify risk and their mitigation. Able to use relevant project management tools.

Finance

Understand business finance: how to manage budgets, and financial forecasting.

Interpersonal excellence – managing people and developing relationships.

Able to monitor budgets and provide reports, and consider financial implications of decisions and adjust approach and recommendations accordingly.

Interpersonal excellence – managing people and developing relationships

Leading people

Understand different leadership styles, how to lead multiple and remote teams and manage team leaders. Know how to motivate and improve performance, supporting people using coaching and mentoring approaches. Understand organisational cultures and diversity and their impact on leading and managing change. Know how to delegate effectively.

Able to communicate organisational vision and goals and how these to apply to teams.

Support development through coaching and mentoring, and enable and support high performance working. Able to support the management of change within the organisation.

Managing people

Know how to manage multiple teams, and develop high performing teams. Understand performance management techniques, talent management models and how to recruit and develop people.

Able to manage talent and performance. Develop, build and motivate teams by identifying their strengths and enabling development within the workplace. Able to delegate and enable delivery though others.

Building relationships

Understand approaches to partner, stakeholder and supplier relationship management including negotiation, influencing, and effective networking. Knowledge of collaborative working techniques to enable delivery through others and how to share best practice. Know how to manage conflict at all levels.

Able to build trust, and use effective negotiation and influencing skills and manage conflict.

Able to identify and share good practice, and work collaboratively with others both inside and outside of the organisation. Use of specialist advice and support to deliver against plans.

Communication

Understand interpersonal skills and different forms of communication and techniques (verbal, written, non-verbal, digital) and how to apply them appropriately.

Personal effectiveness – managing self.

Able to communicate effectively (verbal, non-verbal, written, digital) and be flexible in communication style. Able to chair meetings and present using a range of media. Use of active listening, and able to challenge and give constructive feedback.

Personal effectiveness – managing self.

Self awareness

Understand own impact and emotional intelligence. Understand different and learning and behaviour styles.

Management of self.

Able to reflect on own performance, working style and its impact on others.

Management of self

Able to create a personal development plan.  Use of time management and prioritisation techniques.

Understand time management techniques and tools, and how to prioritise activities and the use of different approaches to planning, including managing multiple tasks.

Decision making

Understand problem solving and decision making techniques, including data analysis.

Understand organisational values and ethics and their impact on decision making.

Able to undertake critical analysis and evaluation to support decision making Use of effective problem solving techniques

Skills

What is required (acquired and demonstrated through continuous professional development)

Organisational performance – delivering results

What is required (developed and exhibited in the workplace)

Takes responsibility

Drive to achieve in all aspects of work. Demonstrates resilience and accountability.

Determination when managing difficult situations.  Seeks new opportunities.

Inclusive

Open, approachable, authentic, and able to build trust with others.  Seeks the views of others and values diversity.

Agile

Flexible to the needs of the organisation. Is creative, innovative and enterprising when seeking solutions to business needs. Positive and adaptable, responding well to feedback and need for change. Open to new ways of working.

Professionalism

Sets an example, and is fair, consistent and impartial. Open and honest. Operates within organisational values

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • Must be in a management role such as Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Departmental Manager or Specialist Manager

  • GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Maths at grade D or above

 

Duration

Typically this apprenticeship will take 2 ½  years (this does not include the EPA period).

 

What qualifications will I gain?

You will gain a Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager accredited qualification.

 

Possible Careers

This apprenticeship is designed for managers looking to take on further responsibility or move into a more senior management role.

 

On completion, apprentices can register as full members with the Chartered management institute and/or the Institute of leadership and management, and those with 3 years’ of management experience can apply for Chartered manager status through the CMI.

 

How to apply

Please click here for our current vacancies list or contact Amy on amy@1st2achieve.co.uk.

 

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