Operative job description

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Operative job description
Operative officers keep a close eye on finances. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

An operative officer is in charge of all aspects of a company. Operative officers are often referred to as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) or Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Their main responsibility is to maintain, and even increase, a company's profits.

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Operative officers must be confident leaders who possess a thorough understanding of each facet of their company. They oversee all managers, and while operative officers don't need to know how to perform every task, they need to put people in place who do.


Strong communication and delegation skills are musts for operative officers. They also need to possess a thorough understanding of finances, marketing and each employee's role.


The majority of operative officers have spent time as everyday employees, and then managers, before advancing to the company's senior-most position. Most are also highly educated as well, with a bachelor's or master's degree in their chosen field.

Prospects and earnings

Top executives such as operative officers are expected to experience little job growth through 2018. The the average pay for COOs was £85,346 per year in November 2013.

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