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How do I go from purchasing to operations manager?


I’ve been working as a purchasing manager for a men’s casual wear brand for four years now, and am looking to take the next step up the ladder. I would like to get into operations management (not necessarily in fashion) and eventually work up to being an operations director, as I think my current job has helped me develop some of the skills required for this role. How might I go about making this progression? What key skills would I need to add to my portfolio and what are the chances of a company in another sector taking a chance on me?