The main function of a management support professional is to support one or many executives and the role is normally able to make decisions that affect the company. A management professional may go by one of many different titles and their tasks and responsibilities may vary but they must be proactive with administration, coordination and communication.
The diversity of the role is obvious in the range of titles, which can include Executive Assistant, Management Assistant, Management Coordinator, Personal Assistant and Office Manager. The management support professional is often part of the management team.
The role is rapidly evolving, with globalisation, digitisation and swift market developments affecting how the role develops. A successful management support professional will have a good education and be suitably qualified. They must be committed to continually developing their skills and competences and have the right characteristics to meet current requirements and future demands. Interpersonal skills, technology skills and understanding modern ways to communicate are increasing in importance.
The IMA Profile for Management Support Professionals will help management support professionals and their managers to establish desired competences. It can also be used to support recruitment processes and as a foundation and inspiration for job descriptions.
The IMA Profile for Management Support Professionals gives a general description divided into three blocks:
The profile lists general tasks for management support professionals, along with the desired skills and characteristics. Moreover, the profile sets out areas of responsibility that often occur and that can be combined with general tasks.
The content is based on surveys for members and members’ managers, as well as job ads and external up to date research for the profession.