Chief Executives and Senior Officials

Chief executives and senior officials head large enterprises and organisations. They plan, direct and co-ordinate, with directors and managers, the resources necessary for the various functions and specialist activities of these enterprises and organisations. The chief executives of hospitals will be classified in this unit group. Senior officials in national government direct the operations of government departments. Senior officials in local government participate in the implementation of local government policies and ensure that legal, statutory and other provisions concerning the running of a local authority are observed. Senior officials of special interest organisations ensure that legal, statutory and other regulations concerning the running of trade associations, employers’ associations, learned societies, trades unions, charitable organisations and similar bodies are observed. Chief executives and senior officials also act as representatives of the organisations concerned for the purposes of high-level consultation and negotiation.


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Available jobs

In the past year there were 105,886 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Directs or undertakes the preparation, publication and dissemination of reports and other information of interest to members and other interested parties.

  • Stimulates public interest by providing publicity, giving lectures and interviews and organising appeals for a variety of causes.

  • Studies and acts upon any legislation that may affect the local authority.

  • Negotiates and monitors contracted out services provided to the local authority by the private sector.

  • Evaluates government/local authority departmental activities, discusses problems with government/local authority officials and administrators and formulates departmental policy.

  • Plans and controls the allocation of resources and the selection of senior staff.

  • Prepares, or arranges for the preparation of, reports, budgets, forecasts or other information.

  • Consults with subordinates to formulate, implement and review company/organisation policy, authorises funding for policy implementation programmes and institutes reporting, auditing and control systems.

  • Analyses economic, social, legal and other data, and plans, formulates and directs at strategic level the operation of a company or organisation.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Finance

  • Marketing

  • Auditing

  • Fundraising

  • Project Management

  • Risk Management

  • Financial Management

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Business Planning

  • Business Development

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Leadership

  • Governance

  • Operations

  • Planning

  • Decision Making

  • Customer Service

  • Innovation

  • Strategic Planning

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.