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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

  • $115,658

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manager Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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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. 

Education

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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Senior Manager Career Paths

Senior Manager
Program Director Human Resources Manager
Corporate Director
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Senior Project Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Program Director Service Director
Director Of Service And Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Senior Project Manager
Director Program Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Operations Manager Operations Director
Director/Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
President And Founder Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Senior Consultant
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controller General Manager
General Manager Of Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Regional Manager
Group Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Deputy Director
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales Managing Partner
Operating Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Chief Operating Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Controller Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director Director Of Sales
Vice President Of Sales & Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Managed 4.4 years
Senior Manager 4.0 years
Group Manager 3.9 years
Functional Manager 3.9 years
Senior Director 3.9 years
Head Operator 3.6 years
Global Manager 3.4 years
Engagement Manager 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Manager
Manager 24.2%
Consultant 6.6%
Director 4.7%
Supervisor 3.3%
Top Careers After Senior Manager
Director 15.0%
Consultant 7.7%
Manager 6.5%
Principal 4.1%
President 2.7%

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Senior Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

65.9%

Female

31.4%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Asian

12.5%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

French

12.7%

German

6.9%

Chinese

5.7%

Portuguese

5.2%

Japanese

4.6%

Mandarin

4.4%

Italian

4.2%

Carrier

3.5%

Russian

3.4%

Korean

3.0%

Hindi

2.7%

Arabic

2.6%

Cantonese

1.5%

Gujarati

0.9%

Urdu

0.7%

Swedish

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Czech

0.6%
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Senior Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.6%

George Washington University

7.1%

New York University

6.4%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

University of Southern California

4.9%

Northwestern University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.7%

DePaul University

4.6%

University of Chicago

4.5%

Villanova University

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

George Mason University

3.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

Cornell University

3.6%

Webster University

3.5%

Georgia State University

3.5%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of Washington

3.4%

Johns Hopkins University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

34.4%

Finance

9.1%

Accounting

8.1%

Management

6.7%

Marketing

6.0%

Computer Science

5.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Communication

2.9%

Project Management

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Economics

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Law

2.1%

Political Science

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Information Technology

1.7%

English

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

38.7%

Bachelors

38.3%

Other

12.0%

Doctorate

3.9%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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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
TAS Senior Manager-M&A OTS-Pevc (Multiple Positions) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Los Angeles, CA Apr 08, 2016 $336,600
TAS Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Los Angeles, CA Jan 25, 2015 $330,000
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Aug 18, 2016 $274,217
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Los Angeles, CA Aug 18, 2016 $274,217
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA May 19, 2015 $257,880
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $253,000
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Tampa, FL Sep 01, 2015 $253,000
Senior Manager Ecommquest, Inc. Skokie, IL Apr 27, 2016 $250,440
Senior Manager Ecommquest, Inc. Skokie, IL Feb 05, 2016 $250,440
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Chicago, IL Jun 01, 2015 $250,000
TAS Senior Manager Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC New York, NY Feb 12, 2016 $250,000
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Hartford, CT May 17, 2016 $246,170
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA Feb 09, 2015 $245,600
Senior Manager, Biostatistics Sunovion Phramaceuticals Inc. Marlborough, MA Jun 19, 2016 $149,750
Senior Manager Biostatistics Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Marlborough, MA Feb 05, 2016 $149,750
Senior Manager Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc. (Legacy Kanbay) Los Angeles, CA Oct 28, 2016 $149,637
Advisory Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Milwaukee, WI Jul 06, 2016 $149,537
ERS Senior Manager Deloitte & Touche LLP Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2016 $149,500
ERS Senior Manager Deloitte & Touche LLP Los Angeles, CA Sep 19, 2016 $149,500
Senior Manager-Director, Incentive Compensation Regeneron Healthcare Solutions, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Feb 26, 2015 $149,240 -
$236,000
Senior Manager Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 28, 2015 $149,178
Senior Manager Merkle Inc. Montvale, NJ Apr 12, 2016 $122,987
Senior Manager, Public Affairs Biogen IDEC, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jul 02, 2015 $122,887
SR. Manager II (GIP) Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Bentonville, AR Jan 10, 2015 $122,640
Senior Manager Morgan Stanley and Co LLC New York, NY Aug 11, 2016 $122,500
Senior Manager Jc45 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Houston, TX Sep 23, 2016 $122,470
Senior Manager Jc45 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Houston, TX Sep 22, 2016 $122,470

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Top Skills for A Senior Manager

  1. Strategic Plan
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Compliance
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  • Teamed with executive management of client companies to formulate and implement portfolio and business unit strategic plans.
  • Create full range of financial statements manually for individual limited liability companies to support consolidated reporting and quarterly management reporting.
  • Establish organizational compliance and control standards to ensure company employees follow ethical business practices.
  • Conducted interviews with processes owners and reconciled gaps in existing documented policies and procedures against actual policies and procedures being utilized.
  • Managed overall operations for advanced services delivery for Citigroup globally, including resource allocation, contract negotiation and customer issue resolution.

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  2. New York
  3. Washington
  4. Texas
  5. Virginia
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Illinois
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Pennsylvania
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