Recruitment specialist, Career Junction, provides guidance on the skills and qualifications needed to be a general manager in South Africa.
A GM often oversees branch managers and their staff, as well as the employees in their head office. They are ultimately responsible for the well-being of the company’s financial growth and stability in terms of making a loss or profit.
The salary of a GM at a skilled level is R18,300 – R25,958.
Below are the most recent General Manager salary levels based on actual salary offerings on the CareerJunction website (30 000+ jobs monthly) for the latest measurable period (October 2015 to February 2016).
Duties – The list of duties can be exhaustive but generally these key functions will apply:
- Managing the performance of each employee.
- Sustaining current market position and growing market share.
- Creating business plans to support the company’s financial objectives.
- Supporting sales teams and key account managers in retention of existing clients.
- Defining long-term strategic goals and developing clear plans to implement them.
- Improving internal processes and ensuring employees work as a cohesive unit.
- Anticipate client needs and develop solutions to meet those needs.
As a GM you will need to have most or all of these skills:
- Excellent verbal and written communication.
- Solid presentation skills and ability to explain complex processes to an audience.
- Expert in financial management and persistent business will to succeed.
- Planning and managing the company’s performance.
- Manage operations and processes within budget.
- Ability to enforce and maintain high standards, even under pressure.
- General and senior management skills.
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- Build and lead successful teams.
- Achieve targets in a dynamic and competitive business environment.
- Successfully manage a diverse group of employees.
- Be a strong team leader and tapping into the best your teams have to offer.
- Build and nurture trust with teams, customers and suppliers.
Qualifications will vary from company to industry to job level. Below a couple of examples of qualifications needed for this role.
- Degree in Operations Management or,
- Post-Graduate qualification in Business Administration or,
- Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Business Management.
This article originally appeared on Career Junction, and can be found here