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Working As A Vice President & General 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

  • $134,540

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President & General 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 Vice President & General 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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Average Length of Employment
General Manager 4.8 years
Division President 4.6 years
Managing Director 4.4 years
Vice President 4.3 years
Division Manager 4.3 years
Regional Manager 4.1 years
President 3.9 years
Director Of Sales 3.6 years
Division Director 3.5 years
Regional Director 3.5 years
General Director 3.5 years
Business Director 3.3 years
Market Director 3.2 years
Country Manager 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
President 4.6%
Director 4.0%
Manager 3.1%
Top Employers After
President 11.1%
Consultant 4.7%
Principal 2.8%
Owner 2.4%

Vice President & General Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

81.7%

Female

16.0%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

83.4%

Hispanic or Latino

7.7%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.5%

French

16.1%

German

9.2%

Portuguese

6.9%

Italian

4.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Carrier

3.2%

Mandarin

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Swedish

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Romanian

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Danish

0.9%

Norwegian

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Icelandic

0.5%

Korean

0.5%
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Vice President & General Manager Education

Schools

Michigan State University

8.8%

Northwestern University

8.8%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Northeastern University

6.2%

University of Southern California

5.5%

Purdue University

5.1%

New York University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Harvard University

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Cornell University

4.2%

Syracuse University

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

University of Chicago

4.1%

George Washington University

4.0%

University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

Columbia University

3.8%

Stanford University

3.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.7%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.5%
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Majors

Business

44.1%

Management

8.4%

Finance

8.2%

Marketing

8.2%

Accounting

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Communication

2.8%

Political Science

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Economics

2.2%

Computer Science

2.2%

Education

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

Law

1.4%

Journalism

1.4%

English

1.3%

International Business

1.0%

Industrial Engineering

1.0%

Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.1%

Masters

33.4%

Other

17.8%

Associate

3.4%

Doctorate

2.6%

Certificate

2.5%

License

0.2%

Diploma

0.1%
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Real Vice President & General Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President and General Manager, Lcms Business Ab Sciex Framingham, MA Jun 20, 2016 $360,000
Vice President and General Manager of Merchandise and Retail The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY Jan 09, 2013 $350,000 -
$450,000
Senior Vice President, General Manager of BSS Busi Comverse, Inc. NJ Oct 01, 2011 $350,000
Vice President and General Manager, Lcms Business Ab Sciex LLC Framingham, MA Apr 09, 2016 $350,000 -
$400,000
Vice President and General Manager of Merchandise The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $350,000 -
$450,000
Vice President/General Merchandise Manager John Varvatos Enterprises, Inc. New York, NY Apr 27, 2015 $330,000
Vice President, General MGR, Sterile & Biological Catalent Pharma Solutions Somerset, NJ Oct 17, 2014 $317,185
VP & General Manager-South Florida at&T Mobility Services LLC Boca Raton, FL May 02, 2011 $309,000
Vice President and General Manager Export Kraft Heinz Foods Company Chicago, IL Feb 22, 2016 $306,900
Vice President and General Manager, Global B2B RH Us LLC Corte Madera, CA Oct 05, 2016 $300,000
Vice President and General Manager, Global B2B Restoration Hardware Corte Madera, CA Sep 01, 2014 $300,000
Vice President and General Manager, Global B2B RH Us, LLC. Corte Madera, CA Dec 15, 2014 $300,000
Vice President and General Manager, Global B2B RH Us, LLC. Corte Madera, CA Jan 22, 2015 $300,000
Vice President/General Manager DAC Group Rochester Rochester, NY May 10, 2015 $251,732
VP & GM Small Business Services Deluxe Corporation Groton, MA Dec 15, 2014 $250,806
VP & General Manager-Marine Paint & Coatings Rybovich Boat Company, LLC West Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2011 $250,000
VP & General Manager-Marine Paint & Coatings Rybovich Boat Company, LLC West Palm Beach, FL Oct 10, 2011 $250,000
Vice President, GM-Wise Product Group DCG Systems, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 15, 2012 $250,000
General Manager and Vice President Mersen USA Newburyport-Ma, LLC Newburyport, MA Jun 25, 2013 $247,354 -
$260,000
Vice President & General Manager Global & US Ostomy Convatec, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $245,000
Vice President and General Manager Crocs, Inc. Niwot, CO Aug 04, 2012 $240,000 -
$480,000
Vice President and General Manager DAC Group/Rochester, Inc. Rochester, NY Oct 01, 2013 $199,680 -
$251,730
Vice President and General Manager, Smart Home Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Nov 01, 2014 $199,545
Vice President, General Manager for Sterile and Biologic/Advanced Delivery Technologies Catalent Pharma Solutions Somerset, NJ Apr 16, 2015 $198,661
Vice President General Merchandising Manager EBL, LLC Torrington, CT Aug 31, 2016 $198,000
Vice President and General Manager Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. Little Rock, AR Oct 01, 2015 $197,600
Vice President & General Manager Supply Chain Logistics, Polycycle Solutions DS Waters of America, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 04, 2015 $197,000
Vice President & General Manager Ardex, L.P. Aliquippa, PA Feb 01, 2015 $193,419
Vice President & General Manager, Americas Envirosuite Corp. Burlingame, CA Dec 15, 2016 $192,000

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Top Skills for A Vice President & General Manager

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Top Vice President & General Manager Skills

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  2. Revenue Growth
  3. Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed banquet sales and planning, quality control, contract negotiation, menu design, pricing, and account maintenance.
  • Established sales and marketing team of 20 with channel partners delivering revenue growth of $15M during first year of operations.
  • Pioneered new product development and increased product line by over fifty percent.
  • Managed business strategy, acquisitions, tactical positioning as well as marketing interface with Sales organization.
  • Developed and managed financial performance, goals, and budgets for each of the 14 country sales directors.

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