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Chief Operating Officer


Chief Operating Officers are responsible for the management of company operations with the objective of efficient and effective processes. They work to achieve corporate objectives and effectively manage a company or group of companies.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Oversee and direct the entire operations division of a company (may include but not limited to manufacturing operations, finance, engineering, purchasing, human resources and administration)
  • Ensure proper management of resources, distribution of good and services to customers, and supply chain
  • Ensure agreed strategies are implemented and compliance with regulatory authorities is maintained
  • Oversee the development and implementation of sales and marketing plans
  • Provide leadership in achieving profit objectives
  • Supervise the establishment and implementation of service and quality standards
  • Certify that appropriate internal systems, policies, procedures and controls are in place to ensure efficient and cost effective operations
  • Maintain consistent and effective communication with the Chief Executive Officer, implementing his or her directives
  • Advise and support senior management team with financial planning, budgeting, and decision making


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration, organizational management or a related field is required. To become a COO in the agricultural industry, you must also have proven your ability through a generally accepted minimum of five years of related experience within the industry and have a strong background in leadership.


To pursue a career as a Chief Operating Officer:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, business courses, economics, government, and computer courses.


Where can I work?

Chief Operating Officers can work for any small to large company or organization within the agricultural industry.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a COO will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Agriculture Council of America
  • National Agri-Marketing Association
  • Women in Agribusiness
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
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