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Director

An important role responsible for overseeing a company's business activities.

What's it like to be a Director?

As a Director, you may be either an “Executive Director”, which means you’re working within an organisation and have key operational responsibilities, or a “Non-Executive Director”, which means you do not work within a business but rather, sit on a Board of Directors, reviewing the organisation's performance and making key decisions on behalf of shareholders.

Director

Tasks and duties

  • Setting the vision and mission for a company.
  • Overseeing a company on behalf of shareholders.
  • Appointing a CEO who will run the company.
  • Providing the strategic direction of the company.
  • Making key decisions around a company’s risk exposure.
  • Undertaking corporate governance.
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Directors (also known as Company Directors) are expected to be able to read and understand financial statements and have a general overview of a company's operational activities and corporate governance, including an understanding of its exposure to risk and strategic direction.

Deciding to be a Director in a company is an important decision which carries significant responsibility. If you are considering becoming a Director it is important to fully understand what the position requires of you, including any legal obligations in respect of managing the company.

What can I earn as a Director?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Director is greater than $200k

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How to become a Director


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There is no single pathway to becoming a Director but typically you will need to have completed tertiary education and have many years of work experience. Most directors of large, publicly listed companies have at least 20 years’ experience.

  1. Complete a Bachelor degree.
  2. Consider gaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  3. Undertake the professional director training course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
  4. Gain relevant work experience and develop expertise in business, leadership and decision-making.
  5. Finding good mentors, undertaking a Board induction as well as completing professional training specific to the role of a Director should be considered essential steps for all new Directors.
  6. Having strong technical expertise which you can confidently demonstrate, as well as strong leadership skills are also vital. It may take many years to develop these skills and experience.

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How do Directors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Directors surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.6
Job security
3.7
Pay / Salary
3.7
Variety of work
4.3

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Aug 2019
Being Director carries a lot of responsibility but you have a lot of authority and decision-making capacity
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Governance
The good things
You have a great deal of authority and ability to make meaningful strategic decisions, while avoiding getting involved in operational detail (unless things turn to custard!). If you enjoy mentoring/co...
The challenges
You do carry the ultimate responsibility for the success of the business which, if you take the role seriously, can be very challenging. As a Director, you tend to 'live' the business and rarely switc...
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Aug 2019
Highly recommended but it’s not for the faint hearted, you must be driven, capable and honest with yourself in you own abilities and limitations.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Civil Construction
The good things
Director is a great challenging role. It will grow you in more ways than you would expect. You will be provided many additional opportunities and give you greater exposure to the whole business cycle....
The challenges
Highly recommended but it’s not for the faint hearted, you must be driven, capable and honest with yourself in you own abilities and limitations.
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Working hours for Directors

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What are the job opportunities for Directors?

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0.7%
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