Chief executives and managing directors make decisions critical to the overall direction of an organisation, within the framework set by a board of directors or similar governing body. They oversee the policies, settings and resourcing so that the organisation achieves short-term objectives and meets long-term goals.
Work is usually in an office environment, with regular travel. Long hours and weekend work are typical.
Suitable for decisive people with strong leadership, communication and public speaking skills. Good judgement, financial management, negotiation and problem-solving skills are important.
Formal qualifications are not required, however higher education qualifications including degrees in finance, economics or business management are common.
Extensive managerial experience and postgraduate qualifications can improve career prospects.
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