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job title hierarchy / VP, dierctor, head of....  
Posted: 02/07/2013 01:19pm   255 Views

Could you, please, tell me what is the hierarchy of job titles VP, director and head of ....?

This was not taught during English lesson at Finnish schools :) .


job title hierarchy / VP, dierctor, head of....  
Posted: 02/07/2013 01:56pm  
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Typically---Supervisor, manager, director, vice president, executive vice president, president or chief executive officer, chairman of the board of directors.


job title hierarchy / VP, dierctor, head of....  
Posted: 02/07/2013 03:16pm   Revised: 02/07/2013 03:16pm  

Lead Worker or Foreman sometimes appears at the very bottom of that list.  Chief Operating Officer can be either higher than a Senior Vice President or a synonym for President when you have a Chief Executive Officer who simultaneously holds the post of Chairman of the Board.

And most of those executive titles can also exist at the Plant/Office, Division, Group or Corporate levels.  How they interrelate is an even more interesting issue, since some Corporate Directors of significant functions at major global conglomerates can earn far more than a Senior VP at a small unit.  General Manager and Managing Director are other titles that fit in different places in the hierarchies commonly used in different industries.  There really are not many hard and fast rules but instead only customs that control those title assignments and level determinations.


job title hierarchy / VP, dierctor, head of....  
Posted: 02/08/2013 03:48am  

Apples and oranges.  As a general rule of thumb...

The president based hierachy (ie President, SVP, VP, AVP etc) is defining something entirely different to the Director, Head [of] model.  The VP etc model is typically found in the US or US centric companies and is rarely found in the rest of the world.  So when the two models are brought together you will typically find Director in the rest of the world roughly equates to SVP, Head [of] roughly equates to VP, which causes problems as in the US Director typically is the level below VP.  The VP titling model generally is composed of two segments: the quasi-grade (ie ... manager, director/AVP, VP, SVP etc) and the organsiational unit, which together can still leave you none the wise as to what the job is.  The alternative model aims to communicate what the job is and when it comes to people leadership roles is underpinned by organisational levels (generally of leadership decision making autonomy) and because of this works more effectively for general management activities.

If you need more information, then there is a good survey on the subject from Pearl Meyer.


job title hierarchy / VP, dierctor, head of....  
Posted: 02/08/2013 05:20am  



job title hierarchy / VP, dierctor, head of....  
Posted: 02/08/2013 09:07am  

As Ian said, when you see Managing Director at the top of the hierarchy, you are dealing with the Euro organizational model.  Otherwise, CEO indicates the North American model that primarily reflects US practices.  And within each model, certain industries tend to have unique customs, such as the tendency to place General Manager at the top in some Utility industries, rather than merely at a senior plant management level where it would report to a Top Operations Executive in a standard manufacturing environment.  Job title hierarchies are as consistent as fashion trends for men.


job title hierarchy / VP, dierctor, head of....  
Posted: 02/10/2013 07:22am   Revised: 02/10/2013 09:34am  

In US operational (ie, non-staff)  areas, I have seen Supervisor, General Supervisor, Superintendent, Manager, Operations Manager, and General Manager who reports to a VP.

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