Are you an accomplished Administrator hoping to take the next step on your career ladder? If you are a team player with good leadership qualities, an Office Manager role might be the right move for you!  Office Managers ensure the smooth running of mainly the administrative team and are the go to person for any day to day queries.

What makes a good Office Manager?

An office manager needs to wear many hats, you will be required to maintain each area of the department from stationary supplies and IT issues to rota organisation. To be successful Office Manager it is essential you are able to prioritise and remain organised and calm under pressure – you will now have a team looking to you for support.

You will need to be a good leader and approachable as your colleagues will rely on your for support in different areas of their role along with any HR related issues such as holiday request and payroll queries. An office manager will be an excellent communicator assisting with the training of new members of staff and frequent communication between departments and colleagues at all levels within the organisation.

Along with your managerial role you will usually also be expected to get stuck in with the daily duties of an Administrator such as, answering the telephone and filing of documents.

Key responsibilities might also include:

  • Ordering stationary and office furniture
  • Liaising with suppliers in regards to any IT issues
  • Rotas and holiday management
  • Organising company events
  • Management of the Administration team
  • Preparing letters and reports
  • Induction of new members of staff
  • Training new members of staff
  • Working in line with the office budget
  • Reporting to senior management
  • Discussing any problems with staff

An experienced Office Manager may look to the next level in their career and a transition into HR is the natural step in a lot of cases. Due to the managerial duties and personnel responsibilities included in the role there are many transferrable skills. A this stage in your career you may want to start thinking about HR qualifications.

To support your working experience you may have also already completed or be studying towards an Office Management Skills qualification which is a self-study course available online, we would recommend this route of study. The Distant Learning, Office Management Skills Level 3 course will give you an understanding of the duties involved in an Office Managers role and how to execute them well, the management of a team and your personal daily management along with many other essential criteria that would help your Office Management success!

Office Manager’s average salary banding in the East Midlands - £18-28k per annum but this does vary depending on the organisation you’re in.