The operations manager is responsible for the production of good and every activity that impacts the process. This includes the supply of raw materials, the production process, quality check and delivery of products. Hence, they play a crucial part in the success of a firm and its products. The mismanagement of the operations department can lead to the failure of all the departments and the overall business performance is affected (Jacobs 2014).
Functions of Operations Manager
Management of Resources
The operations manager is responsible for the management of both raw material and the personnel involved in the production of the products or services. They take account of the inventory and how the raw materials are received and from whom it is purchased. The operations manager maintains the quality of the products and services delivered to the customer. Similarly, the Operations Manager of the Oak Pub Huddersfield considered the low sales of the pub and worked on the presentations of the services they offered to the customers (Slack 2015).
The Operations Management Department plays a key role in the financial management of the firm. It caters the budgeting of the firm and calculates the overall costs expected for the firm and the production activities to occur. Moreover, it manages the costs of the operations of the firm. Operations management assures that costs are minimized that are created by business operations. It addresses the sales forecast and notifies the finance department of the operational activities that affect the cash flow statement. The operations manager of Oak Pub catered for the costs of the new services they were going to introduce and the expected sales.
The Operations Management is the core of every business. It determines the product and services to be produced by the business, the goals it wants to meet and how to achieve those goals. The operations manager establishes the objectives for the business in order to meet the ultimate goal of profits and growth. It plans for the sales and the market demand expected for a certain product or service. The operations department not only focuses on setting the goals but also implements the actions to achieve the goals (Haksever, C. and Render, B., 2018).
Operations department focuses on the primary of the business’s success, which is effective communication. It makes sure that orders and commands are clearly delivered from the top management to the lower management as this affects the activities of product production. It ensures that feedback is received from employees in order to assure that all employees are on the same track to keep the business goals on track. Operations manager play a role of a bridge between different departments and its employees. They cater any issues and miscommunication between departments which can result in the failure of the product or service of the business. The working environment is meant to be positive and welcoming for all employees to perform well and be productive (Krajewski, L.J., Malhotra, M.K. and Ritzman, L.P., 2015).
The Oak Pub provides services to its customers; hence, clear communication and motivated employees are crucial to the firm. The operations manager makes sure that all these activities and employees are on the same level in order to deliver the best services and products to the clients.
Efficiency and Productivity
Successful firms are always focused on improving their efficiency and productivity. The operations department has a major role in fulfilling this objective of the business. It always seeks new ways of production that are more effective and efficient in order to minimize the costs and improve the productivity of the firm and the employees. The operations manager tries to minimize the wastages created during the production process and take maximum advantage of the resources available to them. Similarly, Oak Pub wants to increase the productivity of the firm and its employees to achieve maximum profits and reduce wastages.
Product Design and Packaging
One of the primary jobs of the Operations Manager is to design the product and cater its production process and packaging. The success of the product is directly related to the success of the business. Therefore, the operations department ensures that the product meets the requirements of the clients. The constantly working on making the existing products better and advanced while introducing new items that attract the customers. In case of services, operations manager assures the quality of services provided by the employees of the firm to the clients. Customer satisfaction is the indicator of the success of product or services (Lawson, B., Krause, D., and Potter, A., 2015).
The operations manager of the Oak Pub introduced the new services that met the requirements of the clients and attracted new customers. The focused on the key to the success of a product and that is having a unique selling point. The operations manager is aware that there are hundreds of Pubs in the area who provide similar services; hence, they had to attract the customer with their unique features.
Packaging is a form of value added that is controlled by the operations department. They focus on the quality of the product but also ensure attractive packaging that is relevant to the brand and gains the attention of the consumer.
Operations Management Plan
An unattractive and generic theme of the Pub that customers think is old-fashioned and depressing
Choose a theme that is unique and attractive to consumers. A theme based on the 1980s and 1990s as it will serve as a nostalgic experience for consumers between the ages of 25-35, which is the target audience of the Pub. The popularity of movies and TV shows such as ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘It’ is a sign that the people appreciate memories from their childhood and the era of the 1980s. Hence, the Pub will serve customers with an exciting experience.
Dependence on the sales generated from the bar and the dine-in services.
Diversify into event management and themed birthday planning. The market demand for themed parties is at its peak. The competition in the industry of event management is high. However, with its unique theme and concept Oak Pub can attract many consumers to plan their birthdays and parties. Parties can be held at any desired venue of the client, including the Pub itself. The operations manager will have to provide the services of event planning, food, drinks and bringing its unique theme to live for their consumers at any location.
This will increase the popularity of the Pub as the people attending these parties will be attracted to the services of the Pub and try to visit it or hire its event planning services. The also provide Oak Pub a platform to promote their menu of food and drinks as people will be able to taste it without paying.
A limited number of products and outdated food menu with average food items available at every other restaurant and café.
Revise the menu and introduce new products such as new drinks and themed cocktails with unique and exciting names. Oak Pub can introduce new food items based on the theme of the pub or anything that they are best at. New food items that aren’t easily available at other cafes and restaurants such as customized dishes were the customer decides what and how they want their dish to be made. This will make the process more exciting and personalized for the consumers. Moreover, the session will become interactive, which is what most pub goers seek.
On the other hand, cocktails and drinks can be customized as well with a few unique additions to attractive and unique names that excite the consumer and ignites curiosity. This will increase the sales as the Pub will now have a unique selling point which will attract many new consumers who would want to experience the place.
Lack of awareness and poor promotions that don’t target the potential consumer.
Invest in promotions through social media and posters in the local area. Most of the young population between the ages of 25-35 are active on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Hence, Oak Pub should market their services and products on these social media websites and encourage their customers for reviews and feedback to increase the awareness of the Pub.
Moreover, the can provide special discounts to customers who publically check-in to Oak Pub. This will promote the Pub among friend circles and the locals of the area, who will wish to see the place everyone has been talking about.
The Operations Management plays a vital part in every business and its success. An effective and visionary operations manager can lead a firm to grow and maximum profits through the management of production process, customer satisfaction, employee productivity and efficiency, minimizing costs, forecasting sales and creating budgets.
An effective operations department will make sure the product meets the requirements of the market in order to increase the sales of the firm. Similarly, the Oak Pub’s new operational strategy will make improvements in the current products and services to attract consumers and raise the awareness. This will increase sales and profits and lead to the success of the Pub.
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Lawson, B., Krause, D., and Potter, A., 2015. Improving supplier new product development performance: the role of supplier development. Journal of product innovation management, 32(5), pp.777-792.
Haksever, C. and Render, B., 2018. Service and Operations Management. World Scientific Books.