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Chief Executive Officer

Create a company’s strategic vision and mission and set the overall direction of the company.

What's it like to be a Chief Executive Officer?

A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the highest-ranking executive in a company. Although the role of the CEO will differ from organisation to organisation, your main responsibilities will include setting the overall direction of a business and managing the operations and resources of a company.

Chief Executive Officer

Tasks and duties

  • Communicating, on behalf of the company, with shareholders, government entities, the public and the media.
  • Creating and implementing the company’s vision and mission.
  • Developing and implementing business and strategic plans and budgets.
  • Evaluating the work of other executive leaders within the company.
  • Maintaining awareness of the competitive market landscape, expansion opportunities and industry developments.
  • Assessing risks to the company and ensuring they are monitored and minimised.
  • Reporting through to the Board of Directors with accurate and timely information regarding the organisation’s overall performance, including financials, risk ratings, compliance and growth prospects.
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CEOs are predominantly professionals who have strong leadership skills, as well as extensive acquired knowledge, sound judgement and a proven track record of success over time.

What can I earn as a Chief Executive Officer?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Chief Executive Officer is between $200k and $210k
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How to become a Chief Executive Officer


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There is no single pathway to becoming a CEO. CEOs typically have a strong educational background with wide and varied leadership experience in business.

  1. Complete a Bachelor degree in business or economics or in the industry you plan to enter.
  2. Pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or similar post-graduate qualification.
  3. Gain extensive work experience in a leadership capacity across a range of businesses or work your way up through a company. In small and medium companies, you may become a CEO with 10-15 years of experience, where as in larger companies it generally takes 20-25 years of industry experience to become a CEO.
  4. Demonstrate your success at a senior management and executive level of leading and managing a business or a business unit within a large organisation.

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How do Chief Executive Officers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 33 Chief Executive Officers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.3
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.2
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
4.5

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Oct 2018
CEO is very rewarding when successful in achieving strategic outcomes
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Governance
The good things
Being a CEO gives opportunity to really make a difference especially as presented and approved by a board. A CEO has opportunity to contribute to strategy that could lead in an industry! Out of all th...
The challenges
You will get to know what politics is all about and you will learn how to manage it. The buck stops with you so if something goes wrong you are responsible, It teaches you risk management and regular ...
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Oct 2018
Local Gocernment CEO, best thing I ever did!
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Certificate of Public Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Local Government
The good things
The diversity in the role within Local Government is huge, you work in areas such as public health, emergency services, waste, community development & services, governance, HR, finance and a host of o...
The challenges
You will always be 50% wrong in the eyes of the public no matter what decision you make. There are always people who will not agree with you and who will not like you for no specific reason. Don’t sw...
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Working hours for Chief Executive Officers

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Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Chief Executive Officers?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
0.7%
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