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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.

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.
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?

The most common salary  for a Chief Executive Officer is greater than $200k
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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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Duration 16 mths - 3 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Reporting
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Written skills
  • Self motivation

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Change management
  • Strategic thinking
  • Stakeholder management
  • Financial management
  • Persuasion & influence
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How do Chief Executive Officers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 33 Chief Executive Officers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Management
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
opportunity to lead an organisation; close working relationship with the Board; in aposition to influence change, policy and strategic planning
The challenges
Depending on organisation, influencing the culture and change management; maintaining a positive relationship with Board and staff. Acting role does not guarantee conversion to permanancy
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Local Government
The good things
You get to be part of decision making and involved in many interesting projects and problems
The challenges
Board and CEO relationships Doing more with less
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business and Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
NFP
The good things
The good things are autonomy, goal setting, view from the top, whole of organisation impact
The challenges
funding, managing people, Board relations / dysfunction, very lonely - need to keep counsel to yourself
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
sports
The good things
As the saying goes "find a job you love and you won't work another day in your life". I am lucky enough to live and breath this saying. So much so i haven't set an alarm clock for many years as one da...
The challenges
The Challenges are finding resource to deliver on our strategies. Finding and keeping good staff. Red tape.
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Business Management
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Sport
The good things
The good things Working with a vast array of personalities can be challenging but also rewarding. Making a well thought through decision that will benefit so many others for years to come is priceless...
The challenges
The challenges Working with and relying on casual staff and volunteers can provide challenges. Attempting to work through situations that arise with people who refuse to see your point can be difficul...
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Wealth
The good things
Flexibility, Challenging
The challenges
Politics, lack of communication from Board
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Certificate of Education
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
If you want a job where the term "the buck stops here" applies then a CEO role is worth considering. You will be required to prove you have the skills to manage the organisation and if you have doubt...
The challenges
Time management and people management are the two big challenges I find in a CEO role. Be a stickler for detail, document everything and make sure you communicate. If everyone knows the direction you ...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business and Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
ICT
The good things
Being the CEO is not just a career defining goal that validates you as a professional, all your study and struggles developing your skills knowledge and experience. It is an enormous privilege in that...
The challenges
I think managing up is very important and keeping the board informed and confident but at the same time making certain you are taping into the talent and experience of the board is crucial to your and...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
MBA
Experience
5 – 9 years
Specialisation
Strategy and governance
The good things
Having a seat at the big table is fantastic. Making decisions, leading your organisation and delivering on strategic objectives is why we exist. But we can only do that buy empowering our people and...
The challenges
Recognise that you are always 'on'. No matter how hard you try, you will work long hours, take work home and have difficulty balancing work and life. Be kind to yourself and make sure you look after...
2 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Business Management
The good things
I think if you want a role as a CEO you need to be prepared to put in some hard yards. Delegation is really important, otherwise you just burn out. It's a full on commitment, you have many people's ...
The challenges
The wins are high, the loses hard. Managing people irrespective of how much research, leadership etc you undertake is a challenge. Your organisation priorities may be high as you are quite invested,...
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What are the job opportunities for Chief Executive Officers?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Chief Executive Officer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
9.2%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Chief Executives and Managing Directors
Latest Chief Executive Officer jobs on SEEK
Davidson Executive
Melbourne > Northern Suburbs
Lead E-focus through their next phase of strategic growth. Support community and drive a values orientated and innovative organisation.
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RACV
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Use your strong stakeholder management skills to translate market and customer opportunities into sharp strategies and tangible results
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Davidson Executive
Bendigo, Goldfields & Macedon Ranges
Leave a legacy and help drive the revitalisation of the TAFE sector
Soap Aid Limited
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Rewarding opportunity for a CEO to work for an inspiring not-for-profit social enterprise and bring its purpose and vision to life!
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