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
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
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.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
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.
You could move into this role if you’ve got several years’ experience of working at senior management level, along with commercial expertise.
You’ll need a very strong commitment to the organisation’s aims.
Skills and knowledge
- 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
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
You could work in an office.
Your working environment may be you’ll travel often and emotionally demanding.
You could also work as a management consultant, advising clients on commercial strategy and policy.