General Manager

General Managers plan, organise, direct, control and review the day-to-day operations and major functions of commercial, industrial, government and defence organisations through departmental managers and subordinate executives.

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    Overview

    General Managers plan, organise, direct, control and review the day-to-day operations and major functions of commercial, industrial, government and defence organisations through departmental managers and subordinate executives.

    Day-to-day

    • planning policy, and setting standards and objectives for organisations
    • providing day-to-day direction and management of organisations, and directing and endorsing policy to fulfil objectives, achieve specific goals, and maximise profit and efficiency
    • assessing changing situations and responding accordingly by issuing commands and directives to subordinate staff
    • consulting with immediate subordinates and departmental heads on matters such as methods of operation, equipment requirements, finance, sales and human resources
    • authorising the funding of major policy implementation programs
    • representing the organisation at official occasions, in negotiations, at conventions, seminars, public hearings and forums, and liaising between areas of responsibility
    • preparing, or arranging for the preparation of, reports, budgets and forecasts, and presenting them to governing bodies
    • selecting and managing the performance of senior staff
    • may undertake responsibility for some or all of accounting, sales, marketing, human resources and other specialist operations.

    Considerations

    • Stressful

    To become a General Manager

    • You need extensive industry experience to work as a General Manager. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. University is a common pathway.

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