GI Jobs Article on Operations Management Features Orion Alumnus at Polaris

August 2014

A June 2014 article in GI Jobs by Sarah Hodon focuses on Operations Manager careers and why they are such an excellent transition for veterans. Careers in Operations Management span all industries and ensure that the company "keep[s] their businesses running, with the right people doing the right jobs with the right equipment while delivering their products or services on time and at the right price."

Polaris, maker of off-road vehicles, including ATVs, motorcycles, and snowmobiles, is among the companies leveraging veteran talent among their ranks. "Our operations managers can support any piece of the company. Right now we're filling a lot of these positions in our international groups, corporate procurement, sales and service, and the manufacturing side, where they're focusing on things like lean," explains Amy Fossum, Staffing Manager at Polaris. She goes on to tell Hodon that Polaris hires veterans because they know how to lead, how to plan and conduct training, and they're adventurous.

The article points out that not only does this career field offer great advancement opportunities and responsibility, but also excellent pay. Hodon cites payscale.com stating that the average pay for operations managers in the U.S. is $80,339, and the top pay potential is well over $100,000.

In addition to exploring what this career entails, the article also profiles veterans from various companies, including Orion alumnus Harrison Drapo, supervisor at Polaris. Drapo was hired by Polaris through Orion in November 2013. An Army Captain with five years of service, he describes his typical day as "mak[ing] sure the employees are happy, productive and keeping everything on track."

Dalton Pierce, Director of Operations for Polaris' Roseau, MN, manufacturing facility, explains that while military experience might help to set a veteran apart from other candidates or get the job, veterans should expect a learning curve. "Veterans are going to be looking at starting out behind their peers from an age group standpoint because they've spent the last three to four years defending their country, while their peers spent three to four years learning manufacturing," Pierce states, "But in my experience, vets quickly outpace the typical college graduate."

Careers in Operations Management offer great advancement, salary, and a diversity of responsibilities that can make every day on the job unique. To read Hodon's article and learn more about this career field, click here.

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