Chief Operating Officer

Chief operating officers (COOs) are responsible for the management of day-to-day company administrative and operational functions of a business. They are often considered the second in the chain of command and report to the chief executive officer (CEO). COOs must oversee and direct the entire operations division of a company, which can include manufacturing operations, finance, engineering, purchasing, human resources and administration.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Oversee and direct the entire operations division of a company
  • Ensure proper management of resources and the distribution of goods and services to customers
  • Ensure strategies are implemented and in compliance with regulatory bodies
  • Meet with other executives to create strategic plans for the company
  • Oversee the development and implementation of sales and marketing plans
  • Provide leadership in achieving profit objectives
  • Work closely with other executives to ensure that a company’s objectives and mission are completed
  • Supervise the establishment and implementation of service and quality standards
  • Certify that appropriate internal systems, policies, procedures and controls are in place
  • Maintain consistent and effective communications with the chief executive officer and implement the CEO’s directives
  • Evaluate the performance of each department through data analysis
  • Allocate resources for managers such as funds, labor and equipment
  • Carry out company business plans and devise a plan for how a company will operate in the marketplace
  • Advise and support senior management team with financial planning, budgeting and decision making

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • business
  • economics
  • government
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration, organizational management or a related field is required. To become a COO in agriculture, you must also have proven your ability through a generally accepted minimum of five years of related experience within the industry and have a strong background in leadership.

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