Office Managers Bringing Added Value to Business
According to the SOURCEWIRE, Hays, specialist recruiter, announced that although the market for senior office managers has slowed during the last quarter, opportunities still exist for suitably qualified applicants, and that the most important is, the increase is particularly noticeable in the professional and public services sectors.
Geoff Collings, Regional Director at Hays Office Support admits that "Market conditions are dictating salary levels and job volumes at present but demand still exists for the most highly skilled and experienced office managers."
It is very important the applicants to be flexible, in terms of salary, location and industry sector. Geoff continued, "It is definitely worth considering smaller and medium sized enterprises, which may still be growing".
Office managers who have the broadest range of skills are best positioned as employers can benefit from the commercial experience that they can bring. "Those candidates who can demonstrate quantifiable examples of the value they bring to a business are sought after. Examples include procurement, tenders and contract negotiations, which can help save costs, drive efficiencies and impact profitability," explained Geoff.
Nowadays firms often restructure and merge roles, that’s why there is a requirement for individuals who have experience across a range of areas and office managers can fit the bill perfectly. It is worth mentioning that facilities management, procurement and contract management, secretarial management and first line IT support can all fall under the remit of the senior office manager.
"Office managers need to think on their feet and be approachable, have excellent prioritisation skills and liaise with internal and external stakeholders alike," Geoff emphasised.