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Operations Management at St. Thomas: learn to identify and implement efficiency and effectiveness in business.

What are recent graduates doing now?

Greg Scharine '12
“Through the operations and supply chain management program at St. Thomas I have learned the technical skills and philosophical tools necessary to join the purchasing team at Nestle. Coursework, guest speakers, extra-curricular clubs and activities offered me the opportunity to not only learn information, but to think both critically and creatively. I was able to apply problem-solving strategies learned in the classroom through real-life experiences such as Six Sigma Kaizen events and business competitions. I am grateful for the great education I received at St. Thomas and how the Operations and Supply Chain management program prepared me for the ever changing world of business. It is more important now than ever before that businesses understand their entire value chain and can manage it; through the Operations and Supply Chain program at UST you learn how to be a part of that supply chain and make it better.”

Njenga Kariuki '12
During his time at UST he participated in SIFE (Student in Free Enterprise), Operations & Supply Chain Club, and served as a Tour Leader for the volunteer group STLF (Student Today Leaders Forever). Through OPMT 330, an upper level operations course, Njenga was able to learn about six sigma and supply chain methodologies during his program that allowed him work on a process improvement project with a small business in the community, leading to six sigma green belt certification. Njenga leveraged this experience to secure an internship with Target during his Junior summer, and currently works there as a business analyst.

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom:

Internships. Most students who want and apply for an internship obtain one. Internships
are usually available at 3M, Honeywell, General Mills, Andersen Windows, Cargill, Target, Polaris, Medtronic and many of the regional hospitals and healthcare firms.

Study abroad. Some operations management students choose England either in the
summer or the London Business Semester. Most organizations like to see some global
experience in their new hires. The industry is hiring many supply chain professionals with global experience to fulfill roles in global sourcing and logistics.

Faculty at work

The Operations Management and Supply Chain faculty are actively engaged with the business community solving “real” problems facing companies today.  Here are some examples of some current faculty research topics.New product development process

  • Impact of improvement programs in hospitals and healthcare systems
  • Techniques to help hospitals and public services to improve flow and output and reduce overall costs
  • Guiding frameworks for helping service based companies staff resources
  • Impact of strategic sourcing on product quality

What jobs are possible with an Operations Management major?

  • Supply chain analyst
  • Production and inventory control
  • Quality Management
  • Six Sigma Manager
  • Lean Director
  • Product Line Manager
  • Account Operations Specialist
  • Senior Buyer
  • Operations Analyst
  • Production Engineer
  • Process Analyst
  • Sourcing Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Supply Chain Coordinator
  • Business Analyst
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Facilities Manager
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