Chief operations officer job description

Updated March 16, 2017

The chief operations officer holds a primary management position in a business enterprise, particularly a corporation. The typical chief operations officer job description includes working closely with the chief executive officer and other principle management staff members. The chief operations officer's duties affect the profitability of the business.


A chief operating officer is a senior executive of a corporation or other business enterprise. The COO is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the corporation or business.

Chain of Command

A COO normally reports directly to the chief executive officer of a business and oftentimes to the board of directors as well.


Being assigned to oversee the day-to-day operations of a business, company division heads normally report directly to the COO.

Strategic Planning

Common job duties of a COO is to participate in short- and long-term strategic planning for the business enterprise itself.


A common misconception is a COO is responsible for the external affairs of the corporation as well. The COO's duties tend to be focused on the internal operations of the business, while the CEO deals with external matters.

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About the Author

Mike Broemmel began writing in 1982. He is an author/lecturer with two novels on the market internationally, "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth." Broemmel served on the staff of the White House Office of Media Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Benedictine College and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. He also attended Brunel University, London.