Business Manager: Job Description, Salary, and Career Path

Business Manager

Business managers hold a vital role in a company of overseeing business operations, improving overall efficiency and driving business growth and success. Regardless of the industry, the goal of a business manager is to ensure profitability by implementing a sustainable business model that aligns with the company’s vision and culture. 

Links Recruitment’s job description page will walk you through some of the most important things to consider concerning a business manager job description. Learn the duties and responsibilities that come with the role and qualifications business manager typically possess. We’ll also talk about the career path of sales executives, and what your salary might look like in a few different locations in Asia. Whether you are planning on hiring a business manager or getting into business management yourself, this page will explain everything you need to know.

What is Working as a Business Manager Like?

As a business manager, your daily tasks revolve around supervising a company’s activities and its employees. The person taking up this critical role ensures employees are working efficiently and resources are used correctly. On a daily basis, business managers handle administrative tasks from email communication with various departments to dealing with supplier contracts. Communication plays a crucial part in this job as business managers are constantly communicating with internal teams to keep track of project progress and identifying any obstacles or challenges that the teams need assistance with. They then provide guidance and strategies that enhance performance to achieve financial goals.

Depending on the size of the company, a business manager in a large organisation may be overseeing an individual department such as marketing, sales or product development while a business manager of a small business may be responsible for overseeing operations of all departments.

Being a business manager is an exciting job that entails a lot of different duties. Here are some typical tasks you’ll be responsible for in the role:

  • Identifying new opportunities for business growth
  • Designing and implementing business plans and strategies to promote business growth
  • Ensuring the company is equipped with sufficient and suitable resources to execute strategies and attain financial goals
  • Liaising with the HR department on positions that need to be created or filled, including advising on the skillset needed for the position, taking part in the interview and screening process and helping to make the final decision
  • Organising, or re-organising, workflows to improve coordination between all business parties and maximise efficiency and productivity
  • Ensuring all operations complies with company policies
  • Assigning tasks, managing schedules and setting project deadlines for various departments
  • Performing regular evaluations to identify areas of improvement
  • Preparing reports for senior management or business owners
Job Duties

In order to be a successful business manager, here are some of the main skills and qualifications you’ll need.

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, business management or related field
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstratable leadership abilities and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Professional knowledge of the latest business policies and regulations
  • Possess business or industry insights with demonstrable analytical skills 
  • Problem-solving skills
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The amount of work experience and educational background required for a business manager vary by the company size, field of business and expectations of individual employers. Most companies require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business, business management or other related fields with a few years of experience in a management role in the field of business for a candidate to qualify for the job. Large organisations may prefer candidates with a master’s degree with extensive managerial experience. Fresh graduates with a bachelor’s degree may begin pursuing a career in business management with an entry-level job and work their way up as they accumulate working experience in the business.

There are numerous progression opportunities for a business manager moving up to positions like executive managers, regional business managers and even to the C-Suites.

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Here’s what your salary as a business manager could look like in a few different locations: 

Position Hong Kong Monthly Salary (HKD) Singapore Monthly Salary (SGD) China Monthly Salary (CNY)
Experienced Business Manager 47.5k-80k8 6k-10k 30k-55k
Mid-Career Business Manager 40k-47.5k 6k-7k 18k-30k

You can find more information about salaries and salary trends in Links International’s  Asia Salary Guide & Market Insights.

If working as a business manager sounds appealing to you, check out the Links International job search page, where you can see a list of relevant jobs. For companies looking for talent to fill the role, Links International can help you recruit the perfect person. Navigate to the Links International recruitment page to get your search started in the best way possible.

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