Reports to: Managing Director, Board of Directors, Minister or Council

Supervises: Managers of the Functional Departments

Main objectives: Direct and control the business and operational activities of a large company, Government Department, or other substantial organisation to optimise the return on capital employed, or utilisation of revenue, in relation to its short and long term objectives.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Provide overall direction and management of the organisation or enterprise including human resource, technological resources and assets, and direct and endorse policy to fulfil objectives, achieve specific goals, and maximise profit and efficiency.
  • Determine company/organisation policy, either independently or in consultation with the Board, Minister or functional managers.
  • Assess changing situations and respond accordingly by issuing commands and directives to subordinate staff.
  • Consult with immediate subordinates and departmental heads on matters such as methods of operation, equipment requirements, finance, sales and human resources.
  • Prepare or arrange the preparation of reports budgets and forecasts and present them to the Board of Directors, Minister or governing body.
  • Represent the organisation at official occasions, in negotiations, at conventions, seminars, public hearings and forums, and liaise between areas of responsibility.
  • Select or approve the selection of senior management appointments.
  • Authorise funds to implement policies and programmes.

Typical qualifications and experience: Tertiary qualifications in an appropriate discipline, combined with extensive experience at a senior management level.