Managing Director

Job Description

A Managing Director is a senior position in a company, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s performance. They give an organisation strategic guidance to ensure long-term goals are achieved. The Managing Director leads a Board of Directors, and reports to the chairperson and shareholders.


The pathway to becoming a Managing Director involves a combination of education and on-the-job experience. Most General Managers have completed a degree in a business related discipline and have years of practical knowledge and expeience.  Their qualifications may include: 

  • Undergraduate Degree in Business Management or Administration 
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) 
  • Formal qualifications in Business
  • Formal qualifications in Business Administration, Accounting and/or Team Leadership
  • Expert knowledge or qualification of the industry or company you are working in
  • 5-10 years experience in your industry 
  • Leadership and managerial experience 

To work your way up to this role gain as much experience in business as you can. First-hand knowledge of how different parts of businesses operate will aid you in developing strategies as a Managing Director. 



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

Key Skills

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Sales
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Customer Centricity
  • Finance

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;