C-level executives play a strategic role within an organisation; they hold senior positions and impact company-wide decisions. C stands for “Chief”, so a C-level executive (also called a C-suite executive) is in charge of an entire department or business unit, such as Marketing, Finance and IT. C-level management responsibilities are often strategic in nature. C-suite professionals must often:

– Handle strategic planning
– Delegate tasks, such as conducting research, compiling information and generating reports
– Collect necessary information from lower-level management and employees for major decision making
– Collaborate with other C-level executives

Common C-level executive job titles – while each company could have a distinctive grade system and job classification, specific job titles used universally are: CEOs oversee all business operations and decisions and are accountable for the success of the business. This is the highest-ranking role in a company. All the other C suite executives report to the CEO. The COO is usually the second-in command to the CEO. A CFO manages all financial aspects of the business. They are accountable for long term budgeting and risk analyses, but additionally oversees the company’s financial reporting and overall financial condition. The CTO is in charge of the technology stack that can help a company grow: he/ she researches and implements new systems, oversees security and sets up infrastructure. Frequently, the term chief information officer is utilized for the same role. When the company has both job titles, the CTO is accountable for building new products and features whilst the CIO’s focus is internal, making sure that IT systems operate effectively. This is the person who is accountable for building and implementing marketing strategies. Depending upon industry and company goals, these strategies might be around digital online marketing, advertising, product positioning, events and e-mail campaigns. CHROs oversee anything which has to do with the people of an organisation. They establish how a company hires, promotes, trains and evaluates employees.