Chief Executive or Managing Director

Also known as Chief Executive Officer.
Determines, formulates and reviews the general policy program and the overall direction of an organisation within the framework established by a board of directors or similar governing body.
Training time 8 months - 1 year
Average pay $158,299
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 13,600

What does a Chief Executive or Managing Director do?

  • determining objectives, strategies, policies and programs for organisations
  • providing overall direction and management to organisations
  • authorising material, human and financial resources to implement organisational policies and programs
  • monitoring and evaluating performance of organisations against organisational objectives and strategies
  • consulting with senior subordinate staff and reviewing recommendations and reports
  • preparing, or arranging for the preparation of, reports, budgets and forecasts and presenting them to governing bodies
  • representing the organisation at official occasions, in negotiations, at conventions, seminars, public hearings and forums, and liaising between areas of responsibility
  • selecting, or approving the selection of senior staff


  • Director-General
  • Executive Director
  • Secretary (Government Department)

Related courses

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Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership