General Manager

Job Description

As a General Manager you will plan, direct and coordinate the operations of an organisation or a business unit within an organisation. Rather than focusing on one functional area of management, such as HR, procurement or administration, you will oversee all aspects of the business or business unit.

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Although education and training requirements vary widely according to the industry in question, most General Managers have at least a Bachelor degree and a considerable amount of work experience.

Complete a Bachelor degree in business administration or a related area.

Consider completing an advanced degree, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Gain experience across the organisation, particularly managing people and processes.

Demonstrate successful management of profit and loss within a business or business unit.


  • Approachable
  • Assertive
  • Calm
  • Confident
  • Dependable
  • Detail Orientated
  • Eloquent
  • Interpersonal
  • Perceptive
  • Procedural
  • Punctual
  • Reliable

Key Skills

  • Leadership
  • Finance
  • Strategic Thinking
  • People Management
  • Negotiation
  • Sales
  • Written Communicator

Future Prospects

Career advancement in this field can lead to other roles such as: