For a job title structure, market and organisational-specific requirements are taken into account. Ideally, a job title should be structured as below:
- Rank + Title + Expertise
- Senior + Specialist + Finance
Alternatively, it should be provided with a professional designation:
- Senior + Controller
Based on the results of an organisational analysis and a job evaluation, a company job title structure that is consistent across all organisational units can be developed.
In this example, jobs for unskilled or semi-skilled workers are referred to as ‘Operator’ or ‘Senior Operator’ depending on the grade. Leadership positions for which a gradar grade 12 or 13 was determined are called ‘Managers’. Titles are supplemented with the relevant field of work, such as ‘Operator Logistics’ or ‘Operator Production’ and ‘Manager Accounting’ or ‘Manager HR Administration’.
Management Career Path
Management job titles are the embodiment of company culture. They may serve as a status symbol or as a purely functional designation. Ideally, a manager should focus on the disciplinary and organisational leadership of employees and organisational units. The professional should contribute mainly through the application and development of specific, technical expertise.
However, in the operational reality of many organisations, managers are often regarded as experts and take on technical tasks as a result. This may hinder the actual management process. For example, the title of ‘Director’ in the UK was once reserved for board members only but is used extensively in US-American companies.
Engineering Career Path
For engineering jobs there is often a natural progression through entry, intermediate and senior level positions. Job at the highest level are usually reserved for incumbents based on expertise, business need or functional responsibility.
Technical / Production Career Path
In this path, you often find designations for skilled trades such as a carpenter, electrician, fitter, mason, mechanic, mechatronic, metal worker, plumber and welder, amongst others.
Specialist Career Path
The notion of a specialist career path often results in a two-tier construction. The lower half may be part of a consecutive career where there is a natural progression through entry, intermediate and senior level jobs. The upper half, however, is only accessible based on outstanding expertise, business need or functional responsibilities.
Consulting Career Path
Consulting firms usually work with very clear career paths where the levels are linked to competencies shown, roles in a project and hourly rates.
Support Career Path
Jobs from the support career path are mostly associated with semi-skilled or skilled labour positions. While general office jobs may require a high-school diploma and some on-the-job training, specialised jobs such as accountants or case workers will typically be required to complete an apprenticeship or associate’s degree.
Project Management Career Path
Project managers plan, develop, monitor, control and execute projects. They do everything from leading groups of skilled workers to designing the structure and schedule of the project. Different titles of project management jobs may correlate with the overall responsibility for a project or the size of a project.
Sales Career Path
Sales titles may be linked to responsibilities, turnover and complexity of clients or products. District, Regional, National and International are typical attributes to describe a geographic responsibility.