What does an Operations Support Specialist I do?

Operations support specialists perform a range of administrative support tasks. They process invoices; approve purchase orders and negotiate with vendors; coordinate deliveries of supplies; and manage calendars. They may also be responsible for financial transactions, such as handling petty cash or overseeing a cash drawer. They also typically handle a variety of general office tasks such as data processing and organizing electronic files. They often coordinate maintenance repairs and manage other aspects of the physical property or equipment.

Operations support specialists typically have at least a high school diploma, although a college degree or additional training is an advantage. They commonly have a background as an administrative assistant or customer service representative. These roles require proficiency with common office software programs such as Outlook and Excel.

What responsibilities are common for Operations Support Specialist I jobs?
  • Maintain office equipment and provide timely management of service contracts.
  • Manage document accuracy. requires complex knowledge of customers, carriers, and procedures.
  • Develop, manage and forecast budgets for the relevant cost centers.
  • Provide ongoing training to users on procedures, protocols, and computer systems.
  • Establish and enforce department regulations, guidelines and timelines.
  • Effectively delegate operational responsibilities to appropriate individuals / positions.
  • Complete customer, carrier and supplier requests with a sense of urgency.
  • Ensure operational support in the areas of service, inventory, and traffic/transportation.
  • Act as a catalyst for change regarding data capture and use to drive business decisions.
  • Ensure safety programs and standards are followed.
  • Coordinate the design, development, testing, and deployment of business solutions.
  • Track orders and shipments and assist with tracing as needed.
  • Maintain all product merchandising, marketing and ordering standards are in place.
  • Accountable for the performance and results of the workgroup.
  • Properly load trucks, prepare daily bills of lading, schedule the order of daily treatments and submit treating reports to sales.
  • Provide timely and accurate shipment information to carriers.
  • The operations manager role is mainly to implement the right processes and practices across the organization.
  • Maintain regular communication with sales and supervisor in order to report field problems and/or safety hazards.
  • Ensure training program administered and identify additional training areas for development of staff.
What are the typical qualifications for Operations Support Specialist I jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, computer science, engineering or computer science engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with planograms.
  • Fluent in a variety of programming languages, software, and systems.
  • Is a natural problem solver with time management and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience with enterprise resource planning.
  • Able to offer technical assistance with confidence.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and attention to details.
  • Fluent in geometry, trigonometry, computing, and backup and recovery efforts.
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Operations Support Specialist I Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,500 /yr
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Operations Support Specialist I Career Path

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“Good base pay for first job out of college and handy way to get some experience under your belt.”

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“I am incredibly honored to have made some great friends and acquaintances during my time at Mailchimp.”

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24 Aug 2021

“At the branch administration level there is a great close knit team to work with.”

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30 Jan 2020

“I love working with this company because of the great atmosphere it brings into our everyday lives.”

Commonwealth Financial NetworkCommonwealth Financial Network
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21 Jan 2020

“Training program provides true industry knowledge you will need in order excel for career development.”

LPL FinancialLPL Financial
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“Management is receptive and helpful for progressing in your career”

Heathrow AirportHeathrow Airport
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5 Oct 2020

“Good personal development and polices”

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2 Mar 2021

“At the beginning of this position I was confused about my email login and joining teams”

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