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Working As A Senior Vice President

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $228,341

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Vice President 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 Vice President

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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Average Length of Employment
Managing Director 4.5 years
Vice President 4.1 years
Senior Director 3.9 years
Group Director 3.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Vice President
Director 5.9%
President 4.7%
Manager 3.9%
Consultant 2.9%
Associate 2.5%
Top Careers After Senior Vice President
President 9.5%
Consultant 6.8%
Principal 6.4%
Director 4.4%
Owner 2.4%
Partner 2.2%

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Senior Vice President Demographics

Gender

Male

72.8%

Female

24.6%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.9%

French

16.0%

German

7.0%

Portuguese

6.0%

Italian

5.1%

Chinese

4.4%

Mandarin

3.9%

Russian

3.6%

Japanese

3.2%

Cantonese

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Dutch

1.4%

Korean

1.2%

Greek

1.0%

Hebrew

0.9%

Hindi

0.7%

Turkish

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Filipino

0.5%
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Senior Vice President Education

Schools

New York University

10.0%

Harvard University

6.8%

Northwestern University

6.6%

University of Pennsylvania

5.9%

University of Chicago

5.8%

Cornell University

5.5%

Columbia University

5.5%

University of Phoenix

5.4%

Syracuse University

5.0%

Michigan State University

5.0%

George Washington University

4.6%

Fordham University

4.2%

Boston University

4.0%

University of Southern California

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

Pace University - New York

3.7%

Villanova University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

University of Florida

3.5%

Boston College

3.5%
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Majors

Business

30.5%

Finance

16.6%

Accounting

8.1%

Law

6.0%

Marketing

5.9%

Management

5.5%

Economics

4.1%

Political Science

3.8%

Communication

2.8%

Computer Science

2.7%

Psychology

2.3%

Education

1.8%

English

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Journalism

1.4%

History

1.4%

Real Estate

1.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.0%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.9%

Computer Information Systems

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.1%

Masters

34.7%

Other

13.2%

Doctorate

7.1%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Vice President Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SVP, Sourcing & Supply Chain Lands' End, Inc. Dodgeville, WI Sep 04, 2015 $500,000
SVP, Sourcing & Supply Chain Lands' End, Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $500,000
Senior Vice-President of Development/Construction Westfield LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 24, 2016 $460,000
Senior Vice President, Client Services Harvest Earnings Group, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA May 01, 2016 $450,000
Senior Vice President, Client Services Harvest Earnings Group, Inc. Chicago, IL May 01, 2016 $450,000
SR. Vice President, Head Global Development Proteus Digital Health, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 15, 2015 $450,000
Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain NA Mondelez Global LLC East Hanover, NJ Jan 28, 2015 $408,000
Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain Mondelez Global LLC East Hanover, NJ Aug 28, 2015 $408,000
Senior Vice President Direct To Consumer Diane Von Furstenburg Studio, LLC New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $400,000
Senior Vice President, Human Resources SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC San Mateo, CA Jun 13, 2016 $400,000
SVP, Design Lands' End, Inc. Dodgeville, WI Sep 04, 2015 $400,000
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Boart Longyear Company Salt Lake City, UT Jun 09, 2016 $400,000
SR. VP of Global Human Resources, Performance & Info Technol H.J. Heinz Company Pittsburgh, PA May 19, 2015 $400,000
SVP, Finance ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc. Coral Gables, FL Feb 11, 2015 $231,750
Senior Vice Doubleverify Inc. New York, NY Sep 23, 2015 $231,750
Senior Vice President, Corporate Practice Ketchum Inc. New York, NY Oct 30, 2015 $230,004
Senior Vice President Business Services Rignet, Inc. Houston, TX May 30, 2016 $230,000
SVP, Intermediate Holding Company Program Manager Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Jan 14, 2015 $230,000
Senior Vice President & Chief Academic Officer Whitney International University System, Ltd. Miami, FL Sep 16, 2015 $230,000 -
$250,000
Senior Vice Repucom America, LLC Stamford, CT Nov 15, 2016 $230,000
Vice President/Senior Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. Jersey City, NJ Mar 18, 2016 $188,000
SR. Vice President, Client Capital Management Clarion Partners LLC New York, NY Dec 03, 2016 $188,000 -
$225,000
Senior Vice Exigen Insurance Solutions, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 19, 2015 $187,830
Senior Alpha & Porfolio Researcher, SVP Ophir Partners LLC New York, NY May 25, 2016 $187,491
SR VP and Chief Financial Officer Compucom Systems, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 18, 2015 $187,200 -
$350,000
Senior Vice President, Systems and Services Certifications SGS North America Inc. Rutherford, NJ Oct 26, 2015 $187,199
Senior Vice President-Customer Business Rolls-Royce Controls and Data Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 31, 2015 $186,652
Senior Vice International Rescue Committee, Inc. New York, NY Apr 20, 2015 $185,890 -
$390,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Vice President

  1. Financial Services
  2. Strategic Plan
  3. Assets
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  • Company Profile CitiMortgage is a part of the global financial services Citibank organization.
  • Directed strategic planning effort to diversify beyond traditional, mature products into profitable developing markets with long term potential.
  • Coordinated valuations of acquired tangible and intangible assets, and determined reasonableness of related fair-value matters.
  • Partnered with other functional areas to establish critical processes to support disciplined product development and decision making to ensure quality.
  • Collaborated with other stakeholders to direct compliance issues to appropriate channels for additional investigation, recommended action plans and final resolution.

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