Chief executive

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Chief executive officer, CEO, managing director, businessman, businesswoman

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

Salary Range: £55,000 to £150,000

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You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
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You’ll usually need a degree, postgraduate or professional qualification related to the organisation’s work. For example, an area like business administration, finance or law.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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You can get into this job through a senior leader master’s degree in management apprenticeship.

This will usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. You’ll do on-the-job training and spend time with a training provider.

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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You could move into this role if you’ve got several years’ experience of working at senior management level, along with commercial expertise.

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

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • leadership skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • financial management skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Your working environment may be you’ll travel often and emotionally demanding.

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