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Data served as the operations management officer aboard the Enterprise-D

The operations officer, also referred to as the operations management officer, was a Starfleet position within the operations division which was common in the 24th century. Operations officers manned the ops station on a bridge. (TNG: "Conundrum"; VOY: "Caretaker", "Eye of the Needle")

On the starship USS Enterprise-D, Lieutenant Commander Data served as the operations management officer and doubled as Second Officer, the most senior member of the ship's crew after the Captain and First Officer. (TNG: "Conundrum") On the starship USS Voyager, Operations Officer Ensign Harry Kim was the most junior bridge officer. (VOY: "Caretaker")

As analytical operations relied upon knowledge of science and engineering disciplines, operations officers often performed the additional duties of a science officer, especially when a dedicated science officer was absent. (TNG: "Conundrum"; VOY: "Caretaker", etc.)

This designation was also used on one occasion to describe Chief of Operations Miles O'Brien during his assignment aboard Deep Space 9. (DS9: "Facets")

In an alternate timeline, Daniel Byrd was the operations officer on Voyager instead of Harry Kim, who had remained on Earth. (VOY: "Non Sequitur")

Much of the information about the writer's intentions for this new position, which described the term "operations manager", established at the beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation, comes from the writer's bible of that series, which later was adapted into data for the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual.
The Star Trek Roleplaying Game Player's Guide describes the operations officer as a consummate master of technology.

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