87-Managing directors and chief executives

Job Title: 

Managing directors and chief executives

Job Description: 

Plan, strategize, or ganize, direct, control, oversee and coordinate the operations of an organization and its major departments or units


Managing directors and chief executives formulate and review the policies and plan, direct coordinate and evaluate the overall activities of enterprises or organizations (except special interest organizations and government departments) with the support of other managers, usually within guidelines established by a board of directors or a governing body to whom they are answerable for the operations undertaken and results. Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • planning, directing and coordinating the general functioning of an enterprise or organization
  • reviewing the operations and results of the enterprise, or organization and reporting to boards of directors and governing bodies
  • determining objectives, strategies, policies and programs for the enterprise or organization
  • providing overall leadership and management to the enterprise or organization
  • establishing and managing budgets, controlling expenditure and ensuring the efficient use of resources
  • authorising material, human and financial resources to implement organizational policies and programs
  • monitoring and evaluating performance of the organization or enterprise against established objectives and policies
  • consulting with senior subordinate staff and reviewing recommendations and reports
  • representing the organization at official occasions and board meetings, in negotiations, at conventions, seminars, public hearings and forum
  • selecting, or approving the selection of senior staff
  • ensuring the organization complies with relevant legislation and regulations

Comprehensive and detailed knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Highly specialized knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Detailed knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Detailed knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Detailed knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Advanced knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing highly complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Advanced skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and generate high-level recommendations and/or alternative scenarios
  • Manage high level relationships and coordinate related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Substantial skills and experience in high level policy analysis, formulation and research, plus strategic planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Conceptualize and convey strategic indications from the spectrum of development experience
  • Advanced negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support high-level and highly complex work achievement
  • Manage sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop innovative solutions to highly complex, unpredictable and unfamiliar problems
  • Communicate with authority and influence, and a proven record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed specialist oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to develop, initiate, implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively manage risks associated with change, as well consistently and sensitively manage highly complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to develop and establish new policy directions
  • Highly developed advanced organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Typically, work long and irregular hours, which may include evenings and weekends to complete daily tasks and priorities. Often work in offices, but may spend time at different worksites within respective establishment or organization liaising with local management. Their work can be stressful caused by tight deadlines related to ongoing performance of the business in terms of capital, financial, technology, legal and human resources; reviewing measures, results and efficiencies. May undertake high level negotiations, to effect business closure and to achieve results contributing increased stress levels. May travel often to meet with existing or prospective clients, stakeholders and/or officials, and attend, in some cases present at, conferences or seminars.


    Bachelor of Business Administration or relevant field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    6 - 8 years

    Probable Employers: 

    AMROC, TDIC, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Mubadala Health Care

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Chief executive - Managing director - Regional manager
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Chief executive officer (CEO) - President - Chief financial officer (CFO) - Vice president - Chief operating officer (COO) - Executive director - Executive vice president (EVP) - Finance vice president - General manager operations vice president

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Business, administration, tourism, retail and leisure service
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi