Chief executive Chief executive officer, CEO, managing director
Chief executives plan and put into place policies to help their organisations be successful.
1. Entry requirementsYou’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
- 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
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 environmentYou’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 progressionYou could also work as a management consultant, advising clients on commercial strategy and policy.
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Last updated: 13 April 2017