Sample chief operating officer job description

[Company X] is a growing company, and we need a chief operating officer (COO) to be the right-hand person for our CEO. With your experience and talents, you’ll lead our team of high-performing professionals to be efficient, productive, and effective. The ideal candidate has extensive experience within our industry, perhaps having worked their way up to an executive role. We believe this trajectory helps develop a unique mix of business and management expertise, plus proficiency with the practices, policies, and procedures of our industry. We have our eye open for a COO who has strong leadership skills and the ability to approach business from a creative point of view.

Objectives of this role

  • Collaborate with CEO in setting and driving organizational vision, operational strategy, and hiring levels
  • Translate strategy into actionable steps for growth, implementing organization-wide goal setting, performance management, and annual operations planning
  • Oversee company operations and employee productivity, building a highly inclusive culture that ensures team members can thrive and organizational outcomes are met
  • Ensure effective recruiting, onboarding, professional development, performance management, and retention
  • Adhere to company, federal, state, and local business requirements, enforcing compliance and taking action when necessary


  • Analyze internal operations and identify areas for process enhancement
  • Develop actionable business strategies and plans that ensure alignment with short-term and long-term objectives developed in tandem with CEO
  • Directly oversee operations, HR, and accounting, and partner with CEO on sales management so that sufficient investment capital can be budgeted to achieve growth targets in the near term
  • Aggressively manage capital investment and expenses to ensure the company achieves investor targets for growth and profitability
  • Monitor performance with tracking software and take corrective measures when necessary, and prepare detailed current reports and forecasts
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with key customers, clients, partners, and stakeholders

Required skills and qualifications

  • Five or more years of experience in executive leadership positions
  • Leadership skills, with steadfast resolve and personal integrity
  • Understanding of advanced business planning and regulatory issues
  • Solid grasp of data analysis and performance metrics
  • Ability to diagnose problems quickly and foresee potential issues

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Fundraising experience
  • International business experience