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Chief executive Chief executive officer, CEO, managing director

Chief executives plan and put into place policies to help their organisations be successful.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £55,000 to £150,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 to 48 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need several years’ experience of working at senior management level, along with commercial expertise.

A degree, postgraduate or professional qualification related to the organisation’s work is usually required. This may be in an area like business administration, finance or law.

You’ll need a very strong commitment to the organisation’s aims.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • leadership and motivational skills
  • planning and project management skills
  • sound judgement 
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to build relationships with partners

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include: 

  • setting out the organisation’s aims and how it will meet them
  • making decisions about the organisation’s priorities
  • working closely with a senior management team to put policies in place
  • managing relationships with partners
  • making sure the organisation meets its legal obligations
  • reporting to the organisation’s chairperson or owner
  • promoting the organisation at conferences, events and in the media
  • controlling budgets

4. Salary

Starter: £55,000 to £70,000

Experienced: £75,000 to £130,000

Highly Experienced: £150,000 or more

Salaries may include extra benefits like private health insurance, a company car and shares in the business.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work between 40 and 48 hours a week.

You’ll be based at a head office but spend much of your time attending meetings and travelling to meet clients and partners.

6. Career path and progression

You could also work as a management consultant, advising clients on commercial strategy and policy.

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Last updated: 13 April 2017