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Working As A Senior Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $123,718

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manager Do

A Senior Manager plans and directs the work of a group of employees and takes corrective action when necessary. They also approve hiring and firing requests and manage the budget for their companies.

How To Become A Senior Manager

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 


Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Real Senior Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Jul 23, 2015 $425,000
Transaction Advisory Services Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Mar 31, 2016 $336,600
TAS Senior Manager-M&A OTS-Pevc (Multiple Positions) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Los Angeles, CA Apr 08, 2016 $336,600
Transaction Advisory Services Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA Jul 18, 2016 $330,000
Transaction Advisory Services Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Jul 18, 2016 $330,000
TAS Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Los Angeles, CA Jan 25, 2015 $330,000
Transaction Advisory Services Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Dallas, TX Oct 20, 2015 $330,000
Transaction Advisory Services Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Jun 15, 2016 $300,000
Senior Manager, Operation Support Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Sep 21, 2016 $290,000
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Aug 18, 2016 $274,217
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Top Skills for A Senior Manager


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Top Senior Manager Skills

  1. Strategic Plan
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in writing strategic plans and developed change management strategies.
  • Conducted audits; prepared fiscal reports, financial statements and general ledgers.
  • Managed budget to ensure compliance with established parameters, while working to reduce bottom-line expenses.
  • Assisted Account Directors with new business / renewal objectives including custom marketing programs, presentation development/delivery, and strategic research.
  • Provide continuous improvements to retain efficient processes and procedures ensuring improved net incomes.

Top Senior Manager Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Senior Manager

  1. Walmart
  2. EY
  3. Deloitte
  4. FedEx
  5. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  6. Accenture LTD
  7. Capital One
  8. Cognizant
  9. Symantec
  10. Cisco
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