Umit is the director of Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (SIOM) and the professor of technology and enterprise management at the University of Strathclyde. Until recently he was serving as the chairman of United Nations' International Federation on Integrated Supply Chain Management. In the past he was also the vice chairman of the Institute of Operations Management. Umit also chairs the Scottish Partnering Forum, and he is a member of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Board.
In general, Umit's area of expertise is operations management. More specifically, he specializes in performance measurement and management in manufacturing, service and public organizations. This encompasses areas such as strategy development and management, business process management and supply chain management and the use of technology in enhancing organizational performance.