Office manager

Office managers oversee the day-to-day running of an office or department.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become an office manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a degree in:

  • business management
  • human resource management
  • public administration

Once you've completed your studies, you could apply for a trainee manager position, for example through a company's graduate training scheme.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can start by doing a higher apprenticeship in business and professional administration.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could work as an office assistant or supervisor in a company, then move on to become a manager through internal training and promotion.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Administrative Management for professional development and training opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an office manager from the Institute of Administrative Management.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • administration skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • establishing policies and procedures for staff
  • developing quality control processes
  • carrying out staff appraisals and measuring performance
  • dealing with disciplinary issues
  • preparing reports and giving presentations to the senior management team
  • managing the office budget
  • supporting staff career development
  • attending conferences and training events
  • dealing with staff recruitment

Working environment

You could work in an office.

You may need to wear smart business dress.

Career path and progression

You could take on more responsibility for managing projects, or provide cover for senior management duties.

Other career options include moving into buying and procurement, financial management, business development and operations management.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Business Administration Apprentice

  • Wage : £206.25 Weekly
  • Location: Northwich CW9 5BF

Business & Professional Administration Apprentice - Purchasing

  • Wage : £227.50 Weekly
  • Location: Chesterfield S41 9ED

Courses In England

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business and Management

  • Provider: WALSALL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: WALSALL

BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top up)

  • Provider: WAKEFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Wakefield

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