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Job Descriptions


I am a consultant working for a company going through major restructuring, they have a new HR person and want to create a new role for a managing director - they need a job description that accurately describes they key functions of this role. They produce custom branded merchantise for companies all over the U.K
Janice Douglas

3 Responses

  1. MD Job description
    Hi Janice,

    a good place to start are the e-recruitment web sites as you sometimes get a very detailed job spec with the senior roles. If you want some other pointers, please give me a call on 01425 489832 or mail me at [email protected]



  2. Director’s job descriptions
    Where you are using the term ‘director’ particularly in the case of an MD the place to start will be the Companies’ Act to include the requirements under company law that are implied and required with the status. A managing director for example under the terms of the Act needs to be a ‘properly qualified ‘ person and then the Act goes onto detail the ‘qualifications’ that can be considered.

    In terms of the other job description’s performance as aligned with the companies structure and the business plan together with some indication of measurable performance might also be a consideration.

    As you are doing the work as a consultant you might also consider whether the director’s job description, as they most certainly have legal ramifications should be dealt with as part of an overall checking with a good company lawyer before implementation.

    This sort of work can have repercussions on you, if at some later date the job description is relied on in a dispute and doesn’t clearly outline the functions in your client’s mind as relayed to you.

    Much better that your client relies on their lawyer’s professional indemnity insurance in legal matters than yours which may not cover you in the case of a dispute.

    The fact that these positions exist now as a result of change would indicate to us that caution needs to be exercised. The MD position is rarely vacant!

    Don’t mean to be a downer but do take care in this case.

    If you want to chat it through further phone us on
    0870 241 3998
    [email protected]
    There are several of us who can help further, ask for Bob, Antonia or Sue

  3. Depends on nature of the companhy

    The MD’s job description will depend on the nature of the company. If it is a limited company, the first line of the responsibilities has to be those that come within the Companies Act. If it is a plc, or a subsidiary of a plc, there are also likely to be responsibilities under the Stock Exchange Listing Rules. The next level will be the responsibilities to the shareholders. The one after that will be the responsibilities for the strategic direction of the company and then those that concern the operational direction of the company.

    I have have a model of senior management competences which came from Cranfield Business School. This would be quite a useful tool for putting together a job description at this level.

    If I can help further my e-mail is [email protected]. My phone number is 01159 242 686 day-time and 01509 880 809 evenings.

    Good luck with the task!
    Dorothy Wilson


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