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Corporate general manager

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Summary of occupation

​Corporate general managers direct and oversee the operations of an organisation or business. They make decisions regarding the overall objectives, processes and policies of an organisation. They plan and administer financial targets, which they use to monitor the performance of the business.

The corporate general manager is responsible for managing and coordinating the staff, and delegating duties and tasks to efficiently achieve the commercial goals of the company. They provide leadership and direction, and consult with staff to monitor how effectively business operations are functioning.

ANZSCO description: Plans, organises, directs, controls and reviews the day-to-day operations and major functions of a commercial, industrial, governmental or other organisation through departmental managers and subordinate executives.
Alternative names: Manager
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

​A corporate general manager needs:

  • leadership skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to build and maintain professional relationships
  • analytical thinking and problem solving abilities
  • to have good time management skills
  • to understand budgeting and financial operations.
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Working conditions

​Corporate general managers may work for commercial, industrial, government and defence organisations. They usually work in an office environment. They may be required to travel interstate or overseas, depending on the organisation they work for.

Corporate general managers will spend a lot of time consulting with staff and providing direction at all levels of their organisation, as well as representing the business at official engagements.

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Salary details

On average, corporate general managers, classified under general managers, can expect to earn around $2 574 per week ($133 827 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

Earnings may vary significantly depending on the industry in which they work and the size and profitability of the organisation.

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Tools and technologies

Corporate general managers will perform many of their tasks on a computer. They will need to be familiar with business and project management software.

Corporate general managers can work in a diverse range of industries, and will usually require both extensive management experience and practical experience using the tools and specialised equipment relevant to the industry in which they are working.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a corporate general manager you usually need to gain extensive experience in your chosen industry.

You may improve your employment prospects if you complete a formal qualification in management. Relevant VET courses and university degrees are widely available from TAFE colleges, registered training organisations and universities throughout Western Australia.

Contact the training providers you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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