Profession department manager

Department managers are responsible for the operations of a certain division or department of a company. They ensure objectives and goals are reached and manage employees.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Artistic
  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Enterprising / Investigative


  • Corporate social responsibility

    The handling or managing of business processes in a responsible and ethical manner considering the economic responsibility towards shareholders as equally important as the responsibility towards environmental and social stakeholders.

  • Company policies

    The set of rules that govern the activity of a company.

  • Strategic planning

    The elements defining the foundation and core of an organisation such as its mission, vision, values, and objectives.


  • Exercise stewardship

    Exercise stewardship to ensure the efficient and responsible planning and management of resources.

  • Get involved in the day-to-day operation of the company

    Collaborate and perform hands-on work with other departments, managers, supervisors, and workers in different aspects of the business from preparing accounting reports, envisioning the marketing campaigns up to having contact with clients.

  • Report on overall management of a business

    Prepare and present periodic reports on the operations, achievements, and results obtained during certain period to higher level managers and directors.

  • Follow company standards

    Lead and manage according to the organisation's code of conduct.

  • Ensure lawful business operations

    Abide by legally binding regulations in order to protect the image of the company and the interest of stakeholders around it.

  • Liaise with managers

    Liaise with managers of other departments ensuring effective service and communication, i.e. sales, planning, purchasing, trading, distribution and technical.

  • Plan health and safety procedures

    Set up procedures for maintaining and improving health and safety in the workplace.

  • Abide by business ethical code of conducts

    Conform and follow the ethical code of conducts promoted by companies and businesses at large. Ensure that operations and activities do comply with the code of conduct and ethical operations the supply chain throughout.

  • Strive for company growth

    Develop strategies and plans aiming at achieving a sustained company growth, be the company self-owned or somebody else's. Strive with actions to increase revenues and positive cash flows.

  • Assume responsibility for the management of a business

    Adopt and assume the responsibility that entails running a business, prioritising the interest of its owners, the societal expectation, and the welfare of employees.

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Create a financial plan

    Develop a financial plan according to financial and client regulations, including an investor profile, financial advice, and negotiation and transaction plans.

  • Conclude business agreements

    Negotiate, revise, and sign mercantile and business documents such as contracts, business agreements, deeds, purchases and wills, and bills of exchange.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop professional network share good practices across subsidiaries subsidiary operations develop revenue generation strategies analyse business plans develop company strategies prepare financial statements analyse business processes supply chain management create a work atmosphere of continuous improvement analyse business objectives keep updated on the political landscape financial jurisdiction human resource management cost management analyse financial risk negotiate with stakeholders marketing management business law business process modelling liaise with local authorities business loans accounting delegate activities describe the financial situation of a region follow the statutory obligations manage budgets oversee quality control international trade banking activities hire new personnel shape corporate culture corporate law manage contracts execute marketing plan track key performance indicators speak different languages create a financial report make strategic business decisions financial management financial forecasting integrate headquarter's guidelines into local operations show an exemplary leading role in an organisation apply business acumen project management manage office facility systems develop organisational policies marketing principles prospect new regional contracts develop an organisational structure plan medium to long term objectives market entry planning manage financial risk align efforts towards business development synthesise financial information impart business plans to collaborators integrate strategic foundation in daily performance establish communication with foreign cultures evaluate performance of organisational collaborators business management principles shape organisational teams based on competencies maintain relationship with customers control financial resources build business relationships interact with the board of directors financial statements analyse market financial trends