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Business Coordinator

Position Overview

A business coordinator provides administrative support for a department manager or executive. They typically focus on business logistics, such as billing, reporting, and purchasing. Business coordinators may need to work with the organizations suppliers and warehouse to ensure everything is running properly. They should be aware of all existing supplier contracts to help keep solid business relationships. They also assist with overall office duties, especially when there is no administrative assistant. In certain organizations the business coordinator may organise the entire supply chain. Exact tasks may vary, depending on the size of organisation and products they sell. For example, in the agriculture industry a poultry business coordinator may need to focus on all poultry documentation, such as health and risk assessments. They would also need to keep animal records to track vaccination, blood tests, etc. While this is just one example, business coordinators exist in almost all industries. Their jobs are usually fast paced and as such, they need to stay focused on the targets they were given.

Business Coordinator Duties

  • Coordinating and managing the budget
  • Manage records (financial, animal vaccination, employee, etc.)
  • Works with both regional and corporate employees in larger organizations
  • Coordinate supply chain functions
  • Answering phones/emails
  • Ordering office supplies
  • Working with customers
  • Staff planning
  • Purchasing
  • Billing
  • Procurement
  • Develop expense reports
  • Meet with various suppliers

Typical Employers

  • Agriculture companies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Food and beverage companies
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Large scale farms
  • Feed companies
  • Seed companies
  • Government

Required Education and Training

Business coordinators at minimum should have an associate degree in a related field; the most relevant would be commerce, accounting, or economics. Previous experience in an administrate role would be advantageous. As most business coordinators are required to use spreadsheets and write reports, they should be familiar with the different Microsoft programs, especially excel and word. Certifications in Project Management would also be an asset.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Integrity
  • Organised
  • Willingness to take on responsibility
  • Effectively multitasks
  • Valid drivers licence

Average Salary

A business coordinator typically earns about £22,000. With five or more years of experience, they can expect to earn approximately £35,000. Business coordinators do not usually stay in this role for more than ten years.