Office managers oversee the day-to-day running of an office or department.
Salary Range: £18,000 to £35,000
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could do a degree in:
- business management
- human resource management
- public administration
Once you’ve completed your studies, you could apply for a trainee manager position, for example through a company’s graduate training scheme.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can start by doing a higher apprenticeship in business and professional administration.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could work as an office assistant or supervisor in a company, then move on to become a manager through internal training and promotion.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Institute of Administrative Management for professional development and training opportunities.
You can find out more about becoming an office manager from the Institute of Administrative Management.
Skills and knowledge
- business management skills
- administration skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to organise your time and workload
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- establishing policies and procedures for staff
- developing quality control processes
- carrying out staff appraisals and measuring performance
- dealing with disciplinary issues
- preparing reports and giving presentations to the senior management team
- managing the office budget
- supporting staff career development
- attending conferences and training events
- dealing with staff recruitment
You could work in an office.
You may need to wear smart business dress.
You could take on more responsibility for managing projects, or provide cover for senior management duties.
Other career options include moving into buying and procurement, financial management, business development and operations management.