Corporate General Managers manage commercial, industrial, governmental or other organisations through departmental managers and subordinate executives.

Specialisations: Assistant Commissioner (Police), Hospital Administrator, Managing Editor, Trade Union Secretary.

A minimum of five years managerial experience is needed to work as a Corporate General Manager. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Corporate General Managers often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Plans policy, and sets standards and objectives for the organisation.
  • Provides direction and management of the organisation, and directs and endorses policy to fulfil objectives, achieve specific goals, and maximise profit and efficiency.
  • Assesses situations and responds accordingly by issuing commands and directives to subordinate staff.
  • Consults with immediate subordinates and departmental heads on matters such as methods of operation, equipment requirements, finance, sales and human resources.
  • Authorises the funding of major policy implementation programs.
  • Represents the organisation at official occasions, in negotiations, at conventions, seminars, public hearings and forums, and liaises between areas of responsibility.
  • Prepares, or arranges for the preparation of, reports, budgets and forecasts, and presents them to governing bodies.
  • Selects and manages the performance of senior staff.
  • May undertake responsibility for some or all of accounting, sales, marketing, human resources and other specialist operations.

More about General Managers

All General Managers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Corporate General Managers

  • 50,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 29% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Corporate General Managers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 42,200 in 2011 to 50,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Location: Corporate General Managers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Manufacturing; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
  • Gender: 29% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing9.3
Health Care and Social Assistance8.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.6
Retail Trade7.1
Other Industries66.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCorporate General ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.031.6
VIC27.725.6
QLD18.020.0
SA6.57.0
WA11.110.8
TAS1.72.0
NT1.11.0
ACT1.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCorporate General ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-240.9-9.39.3
25-3412.4-22.922.9
35-4429.7-22.022.0
45-5432.8-21.621.6
55-5911.5-9.09.0
60-646.9-6.06.0
65 and Over5.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCorporate General ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate20.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree30.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV12.6-21.121.1
Year 1213.7-18.118.1
Year 112.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.7-12.512.5

A minimum of five years managerial experience is needed to work as a Corporate General Manager. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Corporate General Managers often have university qualifications.

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Employers look for General Managers who have strong communication skills, provide leadership and direction and can interact with a variety of people.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Administration and Management

    74% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    72% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Personnel and Human Resources

    63% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  4. Production and Processing

    62% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  5. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-1021.00 - General and Operations Managers.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    99% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  2. Telephone

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    96% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  5. Contact With Others

    96% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-1021.00 - General and Operations Managers.

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