Reports to: Managing Director, Board of Directors or Council

Possible titles: Divisional General Manager, Chief Executive, or Business Unit Manager eg. Manufacturing Manager.

Supervises: Functional Managers and/or specialists

Main objectives: Plan, organise, direct and control, through subordinate managers, the activities of a medium sized company, small group of companies or diversified division within such a company or group of companies and/or a medium sized Statutory Authority, Government Department or Local Government Authority.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Provide day-to-day direction and management of the organisation, and direct and endorse policy to fulfil objectives, achieve specific goals, and maximise profit and efficiency.
  • Establish company/organisation objectives, policies and programmes and set standards and targets, either independently or on the basis of consultation with the Chief Executive, the Board, Minister or subordinate managers.
  • Prepare or arrange the preparation of reports, budgets and forecasts and present them to the governing body.
  • 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.
  • 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 staff.
  • Resolve conflicts between areas of responsibility.
  • Authorise funds to implement policies and programmes.

Typical qualifications and experience: Tertiary qualifications in an appropriate discipline or equivalent business knowledge preferred. Substantial experience, in excess of ten years, at middle or senior management level.