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Chief executive

Chief executives plan and put into place policies to help their organisations be successful.

Potential salary
£55,000 to £150,000
Working hours
37 to 39 a week
  • 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
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • 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.

Data from National Careers Service.
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