Career progression within an organisation is usually key. An experienced, senior project manager may become an operations manager as their next step. As the role involves working across all sectors of the organisation, previous exposure to other departments and experience is essential.
A good route is to get a degree in a technical or business-related subject, joining companies as a new graduate and specialising in different aspects of the business over a number of years. Some large companies offer higher apprenticeships, which combine employment and studying for a degree. Furthermore, there are degrees in operations management and logistics. As the role is a management one however, it is unlikely anyone would join a company as an operations manager straight out of university; it’s a role that requires experience.
There are plenty of undergraduate and graduate degrees in Operations Management available. Many courses offer joint honours with Business or Logistics, and include modules on marketing, finance, accounting, strategy, human resource management, supply chain and project management.