Office Manager – Job Description
Office managers are often real powerhouses in an operation. They’re the ones who make sure that both people and processes are running smoothly and as well as possible.
Great all-round ability and multi-tasking skills are a given as you’ll need to be able to supervise staff, balance budgets, order equipment and supplies, review and implement company policies and arrange meetings, appointments and travel.
You’re also likely to be the first port of call in good times and bad. Someone might want a new stapler, another needs training, a third wants to air a grievance – they’ll all come to you first.
Office managers are often promoted from within, but training in areas such as IT, health and safety, time management, recruitment and equality and diversity can give you the edge. Courses run by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Management Institute also look good on a CV.
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Chartered Management Institute
A chartered status for professionals in the management industry, including office managers. They offer training to improve management skills on track to reaching Chartered Manager status.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
A chartered mark available for Training and Development Officers/Managers, representing a key professional career development opportunity. The CIPD also offer training and networking events to help you get ahead as well as a useful section of how to improve your chances of getting that dream job, with CV help and interview questions.
Institute of Administrative Management
Bringing together administrators and those who manage them to engage in a forum of ideas and best practice, encouraging and improving the highest standard and supporting those within the role. They offer information and guidance, as well as training events that can help you on your route to management.