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

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

Supervises: Functional Managers and/or specialists

Main objectives: Develop and review policy and plans, organise and control the day to day operations of a subsidiary company, small independent company, or a small semi-Government or statutory authority. Manage and be accountable for either all or a substantial part of the following operations: accounting, sales, marketing, human resource, policy and planning, production, maintenance and administration.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Direct the policy and operation of the company, authority or institution for the achievement of policy objectives, increased profit or market control.
  • Act within policy guidelines established by a Board of Management, Chief Executive of a large organisation, Minister of the Crown, or Mayor and be accountable for the achievement of defined operational objectives.
  • Assess changing situations and respond accordingly by issuing commands and directives to subordinate staff.
  • Consult with subordinate staff on matters such as methods of operation, equipment requirements, finance, sales and human resources, and review recommendations and reports.
  • Prepare and arrange the preparation of reports, budgets and forecasts and present them to governing bodies.
  • Select or approve the selection of senior staff.
  • Authorise funds to implement policies and programmes.

Typical qualifications and experience: Tertiary qualifications in an appropriate discipline preferred or equivalent knowledge and skills gained through practical work experience in the company/organisation’s operations. Substantial experience at a management level.