Chief of Staff (CoS) roles can come via the high-level Executive Assistant (EA) positions or from roles where the skills are directly transferable. Key skills would include; project management, written skills, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to execute work expediently.

The specific responsibilities can differ from one organisation to another. Chiefs of Staff serve as key advisors to the CEO or the Board, managing crucial projects for their executives or/and the entire business. Achieving success in this role relies on a combination of exceptional project management skills and a deep understanding of the organisation's operations.

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Chief of Staff Job Description

A Chief of Staff, in general terms, supports executive leaders by managing projects, overseeing staff, and ensuring the efficiency of business operations. This role is crucial for aligning team efforts and strategic initiatives within an organisation.

Success in this role hinges on building strong relationships, understanding the organisation's culture, and executing projects effectively. Job responsibilites include, but is not limited to;

  • Coordinating the senior leadership team and driving projects forward.
  • Build cross function relationships with key stakeholders on projects to deliver to timelines.
  • High-level understanding of projects, targets, and expectations of an organisation.
  • Can filter all information of the Leadership Team and CEO with clarity and consistency to the rest of the organisation.
  • Works with the senior leadership team to produce company internal and external messaging.

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Chief of Staff Duties

Chief of Staff (CoS) duties can include (and are not limited to) the following:

  • Advising the CEO on strategic direction and initiatives.
  • Managing day-to-day operational activities to ensure smooth functioning.
  • Leading special projects from conception through execution.
  • Handling internal and external communications on behalf of the executive team.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Developing and implementing organisational policies.
  • Leading and managing cross-functional teams.
  • Providing decision-making support through analysis and recommendations.
  • Planning and facilitating strategic initiatives.
  • Monitoring and evaluating organisational performance metrics.
  • Managing crisis situations effectively and efficiently.
  • Supporting executives with their administrative and strategic needs.
  • Overseeing financial planning, budgeting, and resource allocation.
  • Managing change initiatives to align with organisational goals.
  • Fostering and promoting a positive organisational culture.

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Chief of Staff Salary

Chief of Staff can earn anything between £100,000 and £125,000.

To get a better orientation of what salaries a Chief of Staff can expect across various industries, you can read our latest salary survey.

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