Man at Work - English language positions

ABAP developer

ABAP is the program language of the SAP company management system. Since it can exclusively be used with SAP-systems, it is a relatively narrow, specific program language. You can usually become an experienced ABAP developer after working with it for 1-2 years.

Account Manager

As part of the sales team, the duties of an area manager involve keeping permanent contact and building new contacts with the circle of clients belonging to the portfolio (determined e.g. based on geography or industrial sector), arranging meetings, holding presentations and implementing the turnover plans determined by the company management.

Account Payable Specialist

As part of the finance/accounting team, it is the specialist`s task to process the suppliers` invoices and to contact the supplier if there are problems with the invoices. There might be other accounting tasks (bank, fixed assets, travel expense accounting, etc.), depending on the size of the organisation.

Aftermarket Sales Manager

This is a position mostly available at companies offering technical products and services. The person filling the position sells services related to the (generally high value) products that are already rented or sold e.g. servicing, support, supervision, etc.

Business analyst

The position is between marketing and finance. The person who fills this position may also be referred to as a sales controller. The business analyst monitors the sales results of product groups and business units, the competitors` products and the company`s market shares and changes in these. He or she drafts trends and draws conclusions based on processes.

Business Consultant/Coach

This is a key advisory position that only appears related to the provision of services. It refers to an expert providing companies and managers with strategic advice and enhances more effective and successful company operation.

Business Unit Manager

This person is in charge of leading the business unit / division and is subordinated to the managing director. He/she drafts the marketing and budget plans for the business unit, participates in the selection and training of staff in the field and plans and controls their duties.

Business Development Manager

It differs from purely sales duties in that the Business Development Manager works either in a new geographic region, a new market segment or a new product or service group. The aim of the position is to ensure effective resource management according to the company`s strategy and goals, harmonising with the customers’ and the other departments‘ expectations. He/she generally works very closely together with the other employees working in the field of sales.

Brand Manager

The brand manager is in charge of the representation of one or more products, which – depending on the company – may mean marketing, sales and operative tasks, e.g. the introduction of new products, the organisation of campaigns increasing turnover and that of professional events, the preparation of professional brochures and leaflets, ordering goods and logistics. He/she is in permanent contact with the various departments, even on an international level.

Call Center Manager

Call Centers can operate within a company and also in an outsourced form, in Shared Service Centers. In both cases, the duties of the Call Center Manager may involve establishing the strategy, creating and supervising the teams dealing with the incoming and the outgoing calls, ensuring smooth work on a daily basis, improving efficiency and the ability to handle even difficult questions.

Call Center Operator

An employee in charge of customer service via the phone. This person`s duties are defined by the product, service or marketing policy of the company. This position is frequent in the fields of banking, telecommunications, insurance and tourism. The main tasks of this person are to provide appropriate information, to handle customer complaints, to assist and to identify customers and partners.

Chief Accountant

The Chief accountant is in charge of managing, supporting and supervising the Accountancy Department and the management of the general accounts. This person`s duties also involve preparing the annual reports, organising and implementing audits, ensuring the observation of the Act on Accounting, the closing of accounting in time for the monthly close, appropriately documenting and preserving the accounting documents and ensuring the professional expertise and up-to-date knowledge of the Accountancy Department.

Controlling assistant

It is a position in the field of finance and is worth applying for if you have a background in economics or finance and accounting. The position involves duties such as the drafting of many reports, cash-flow management and handling insurances. This person works with numerous figures. An in-depth analytical ability and the knowledge of spreadsheet programmes are essential.

Controlling manager

The controlling manager can be the manager for finances at smaller companies, however, at larger companies the controlling manager is below the financial manager in the hierarchy. This position may also be called business&reporting manager or financial controller.

Cost analyst/risk analyst

Both are positions in finance, but, as it can also be seen from the name, the focus is different: one deals with costs (cost analyst), while the other one tries to screen possible risk factors (risk analyst). Both positions are management- and decision-maker supporting functions. At some companies they are explicitly called analysts, at other companies these duties are performed by the controller.

Credit Controller

The position is not to be confused with the claims executive. The credit controller works at the financial department of companies. The position may be part of the general finance position, but, at larger companies, it is a separate position. Based on the customer accounts, the credit controller keeps contact with clients, manages limit monitoring and keeps contact with lawyers, debt management companies and banks.

Customer Administrator

The person filling the position predominantly performs classical administrative tasks. He usually provides administrative support to the work of several account managers. This may involve correspondence, recording customer inquiries on the phone, maintaining customer databases/records and translating. His duties may also involve drafting reports, statements and presentations.

Customer Service Executive

The duties of the customer service executive involve providing adequate customer service in the field, which primarily means handling the emerging customer demands and orders. Besides this, the duties of this person involve forwarding product/service-related information towards customers and handling possible complaints. S/he forwards the information deriving from customers to the unit concerned.

Deployment Specialist

The deployment specialist is an expert in charge of installations, launching programs, testing and the running of one or several related applications. In a broader IT sense, deployment means implementation.

Direct Marketing Executive

Direct Marketing is a tool companies use to directly communicate the value of their products or services to customers. This includes direct mail services, which involves writing the text, creative planning, mailing, receiving and analysing the replies, data base building and management, creating and applying various promotions as well as image-campaigns, telemarketing- and printing services (e.g. editing publications).

ERP Consultant

ERP is the English abbreviation for Enterprise Resource Planning. ERP systems combine the functions within a company, such as human resource, marketing, finance, logistics, etc. in an integrated system and allow for the management of single transactions in a coherent and integrated way.

Executive assistant

This position is also referred to as a personal assistant. The executive assistant is the secretary of a senior company manager. No university or college degree is necessary for the position, a school-leaving examination is sufficient, however, reliable foreign language proficiency, fluent Hungarian and (most frequently) English oral and written communication is a vital expectation. The executive assistant supports the daily work of the manager, mostly by performing administrative tasks. This person actively participates in the drafting of various statements and reports, arranges management meetings and assists in the reception of guests.

Facility Manager

If a Facility Manager is sought in a job advertisement, they mean a manager in charge of operating a building or office building. This person is in charge of operating these buildings and for arranging various services (e.g. renting offices, cleaning services).

Financial analyst

This is a financial analyst position. The financial analyst provides background information and calculations to assist company decision-makers in making decisions. Candidates with a qualification in finance have the best chance to get this position. A degree issued by BGF College of Finance and Accountancy and the finance major of Corvinus University of Budapest are seen as advantageous in the job market.

Financial Controller

The position is frequently not unambiguous. The Financial Controller may work together with the Chief Accountant, but, it is also possible that this person is in charge of the outsourced accounting, reporting as well as controlling accounting processes. A strong accounting and controlling or auditing background is necessary for this position, preferably all three together. A business degree, at least 3-5 years experience and strong, negotiation-level English language proficiency is needed.

Financial manager, CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

The Financial Manager is in charge of the whole field of economics within the company, including finance, accounting, controlling, internal control and computer economics. This person participates in drafting the strategic plans of the company and provides information to support strategic planning. S/he participates in performing operative financial tasks and manages the employee performing this duty.

General manager/Managing director/CEO (Chief Executive Officer)

The position of Managing director exists in the company forms of Kft. (limited liability company) and Bt. (limited partnership) while the position of CEO is offered in the company forms of Zrt. (closed joint-stock company) or Nyrt. (open joint-stock company).
Both positions refer to the number one manager of the company, reporting directly to the owner(s). Consequently, the tasks of this person involve – through the functional managers – full-scale management of the company and the definition of operational processes. S/he drafts the strategic, development and operative goals and exercises the employer’s rights. S/he makes business plans, reports and analyses. Depending on the task, the duties of this person may also be significantly complemented with other fields e.g. reorganisation, -introduction, etc.

HR (Human Resources) Manager

This person is the manager of the Human resource (HR) activities. The HR Manager directs the work of the various HR fields, e.g. payroll, labour, selection-recruitment, training, etc. S/he is responsible for organising HR processes and for drafting the annual plans. S/he creates the income and compensation as well as performance assessment systems.
S/he is a member of the local management and – in an international company – has continuous contact with foreign HR managers.


The HR-generalist works for the HR Department and is not specialised in any HR task. S/he performs recruitment/selection duties, administrative tasks related to new staff, maintenance of job descriptions as well as the performance assessment and cafeteria system. The HR-generalist’s duties involve recruiting, selection, organising trainings and drafting the compensation packages. HR-major graduates predominantly start work as HR-assistants and are later promoted to work as HR specialists and, finally, HR-generalists.

Industrial Engineer

The Industrial Engineer is an engineer supporting production with effectiveness analysis and effectiveness enhancement, ergonomic planning, drafting job descriptions, line planning etc. The main task of the Industrial Engineer is to closely cooperate with all areas of production to make production more effective. The Industrial Engineer generally works for the given segment of a large production company, subordinated to the Chief Engineer. A technical tertiary degree, primarily in mechanical engineering and—depending on the company’s international background – at least intermediate level language skills are needed to fill the position.

IT architect

The IT architect has nothing to do with architecture. The main duties of the IT architect involve system planning, the compilation of partial tasks during complex developments, monitoring the course of work and supporting the work of project leaders. It is not an entry-level position and 3-5 years of experience working as members of large development teams is required to fill this position.

Internal Auditor

The Internal Auditor provides continuous, professional and objective analysis about the management, risk management and control processes operated by the management. The independent activities of the Internal Auditor provide assurance for strengthening the effectiveness of operation in order to reach the set objectives.

IT (Information Technologies) Business Analyst

Business Analysts keep contact with the business units of the company and the IT Department. Their task resembles that of an “interpreter”, i.e. they assess the business needs of the divisions (customer service, finance, marketing, etc.) and translate them into the language of IT, transforming these into IT criteria and specifications.

IT Help Desk

Help Desk staff assists with simple IT problems. Many of them do not have a qualification in IT but they have received training in replying to the potential questions and problems in the field. If solving the problem necessitates more expertise or time, the Help Desk forwards the incoming question to the relevant department.

IT Manager

The IT Manager is responsible for managing the IT team of the company. The IT Manager’s duties involve controlling the work of developers, IT maintenance and the continuous development of their services. S/he permanently monitors the internal IT operation of the company and drafts development proposals to the management. S/he monitors the planning and implementation of IT projects and the launching of state-of-the-art business applications.

IT Service Manager

The IT Service Manager is in charge of the IT Department and is a senior employee with several years of management experience. The difference between the IT Service Manager and the traditional IT manager is that the IT Service Manager also personally participates in the representation of the company’s products and services.

Key Account Manager

The Key Account Manager keeps contact with the clients that have the largest turnover (or that are key clients for other reasons). The Key Account Manager has larger powers than the salesmen: s/he can enter contracts depending on the individual needs of the clients, can give reductions and can organise campaigns.

LAN (Local Area Network) Manager

The LAN Manager is in charge of the local computer network. The LAN Manager’s duties involve the smooth operation of the company’s computer network. The process starts with planning the network and lasts until the network is physically implemented. In small companies, the LAN Manager works alone, while in a company environment with hundreds of work stations, system administrators generally assist him.

Logistics assistant

This position is usually filled by entry-level applicants, with an experience of 1-2 years. The duties of the logistics assistant involve preparing export and import documents, organising transport, supervising stocks, and drafting reports for the Logistics Manager.

Logistics manager/director

The Logistics manager is the head of the Logistics Department of a company. The Logistics manager coordinates work, drafts the budget of the department, prepares reports to the business manager, plans storage, makes calculations regarding costs and concludes contracts.

Logistics Planner

The name Logistics Planner refers to two different positions. In manufacturing companies it means the planning of all resources necessary for production. The planner’s task is to calculate and schedule the product volume to be manufactured based on the sales forecasts and considering the time factor and to calculate and schedule the other resource demand needed for production.

Office Manager

The Office Manager is in charge of the smooth operation of the office, i.e. handles the incoming phone calls, faxes, post, e-mails, purchases the necessary office supplies, keeps daily contact with the company’s partners and with maintenance, drafts weekly and monthly reports to the management concerning the current office activities.

Operations Manager

At international companies with several offices, the Operations Manager has a management background of several years. The Operation Manager’s duties involve – among other things – the daily management and motivation of the local/regional team (one given division) and the solution of the daily problems of the company.

PR (Public Relations) Manager

The duties of the PR Manager involve the arrangement of the external and internal contacts and communication of the company and the establishment and implementation of the sponsorship strategy. The PR Manager handles the company’s media contacts and cooperates in the implementation of public and business campaigns. The PR Manager frequently acts as an advisor to the senior management of the company and prepares the management for communication roles.

Product Safety Manager

The aim of the job is to supervise the activities related to product distribution from the aspect of product safety and legality. The main tasks of the position are: coordination of product quality supervision, participation in the product development process, monitoring the related changes in legislation, supervision of product distribution from the aspect of legality, the validation of the decisions by the authorities, the definition of responses, the preparation of policies related to product safety and the professional supervision of other related internal documentation.

Production Manager

The Production Manager is a manager bringing together the production base of up to hundreds of large manufacturing companies and one of the key members of the organisation. The Production Manager’s duties involve the organisation, supervision and management of the full-scale production activities of the factory unit. This person continuously contributes to the implementation of technological and technical developments in order to improve the effectiveness and quality of production. S/he pays attention to the elimination of errors in production and the continuous development of effectiveness and participates in decision-making concerning resource-demand, technological, logistics planning.

Property Manager

The Property Manager’s duties involve the full-scale supervision and management of the company’s immovable assets and the supervision and management of financial and operational tasks. This person negotiates with the tenants, manages the existing lease contracts and enters new ones. S/he controls the services of the real estate(s) and manages the subcontractors’ contracts. Cooperating with the technical experts, s/he plans the maintenance and refurbishment of buildings, further investments and prepares budgets concerning these. S/he makes proposals related to the long-term utilisation of the company’s immovable assets.

Purchasing Manager

The Purchasing Manager’s main duties involve the assessment and selection of suppliers, the monitoring of quotations, the building of new partnerships and the performance of price negotiations. This person determines contract conditions and enters into contracts with subcontractors. S/he reviews the existing structure and – depending on the market strategy –makes proposals concerning the changes necessary for increasing profit.

Product Manager

The Product Manager is in charge of representing one or more products, which – depending on the company – may involve marketing, sales and operative tasks, e.g. launching new products, organising campaigns increasing turnover and professional events, preparing professional brochures and leaflets, ordering goods and logistics. This person is in continuous contact with various other units at an international level too.

Quality Manager

In an ideal case, the Quality Manager is directly below the Managing Director and is in charge of the whole quality-related activity and system of the company. The Quality Manager’s duties range from purchasing, through drafting, executing and developing the regulations and prescriptions related to the entire processes to supervision. This position can be predominantly found in manufacturing companies, but can also occur in commercial and servicing companies.


The recruiter is an expert whose duties specifically involve the recruitment of new staff, from posting job advertisements to starting work. The role of the recruiter is more specialised than that of an HR Generalist. Companies employ recruiters if the company is characterised by large-scale extension (e.g. plant opening) or a continuous demand for employees (e.g. large fluctuation). Apart from HR expertise, the knowledge of the sector is also essential, since the Recruiter’s daily tasks involve the recruitment of employees with the appropriate qualifications.


The Researcher works at Human Resource Recruitment Agencies and closely cooperates with head-hunters to find the suitable candidates. The Researcher selects the C.V.s received for the position and uses direct methods to seek potential candidates, based on which s/he makes a “short-list” and hands it over to the head-hunter for further screening and appointment agreement.

Sales Development Manager (FMCG)

Within an organisation, the Sales Development Manager belongs to the Commercial and/or Logistics Management. This position ensures the effective utilisation of resources in accordance with the company strategy, the volume and profit expectations and the expectations of the customer department and the other departments. The Sales Development Manager is in charge of the preparation and implementation of channel development objectives corresponding to the changing market and commercial needs. The main duties of the position involve the analysis of the market data and information related to the channel, drafting conclusions and proposals and monitoring the market trends, traders’ habits and structures during regular site visits as well as cooperation with the Marketing Department concerning the brand design related to the channel and the Trade Marketing Department concerning the POS use and development. The duties of the Sales Development Manager also involve the management and coordination of development-related projects, the monitoring of their implementation, their assessment and feedback in terms of continuous development.

Sales Manager

The Sales Manager is in charge of the team selling the company’s products. The duties of the Sales Manager involve establishing the sales strategy, ensuring the planned revenue, managing the team, coordinating the work and concluding the annual frame contracts.

Sales Representative

The Sales Representative is in charge of selling the company’s products and producing a predetermined income. Depending on the company’s sales strategy, the Sales Representative is responsible for an area established on the basis of various aspects (e.g. geography, industrial sector, etc.). In this area, the Sales Representative manages existing customer relationships and builds new contacts.

Sales Engineer

This is a position that is offered by companies with technical products or services. This position involves sales and support functions too. The Sales Engineer does not only sell products and services but also provides technical assistance to customers.

SAP Consultant

On the service-provider’s side, the SAP Consultant provides assistance to customers in the implementation, customisation and development of a company management system. The everyday work of a SAP Consultant involves transforming the modules of a system (HR, financial module) in a way that it perfectly suits the client. On the company’s side, the SAP Consultant is in charge of implementing the above-described system within the company, customising the functions and frequently training the users.

SQA (Supplier Quality Assurance) Engineer

The major task of the SQA Engineer is keeping contact with suppliers concerning the most frequent quality issues in production. The SQA Engineer continuously controls and audits the company’s suppliers and – should there be complaints in production related to the supplied products – the SQA Engineer is in charge of taking remedial action and monitoring this. On launching new products, the SQA Engineer is in charge of testing the first products and the related quality support. Nowadays, most companies employ SQA Engineers who have a degree in electrical/mechanical engineering or quality assurance engineering. Owing to negotiations with foreign suppliers, negotiation level proficiency in English or German is indispensible. Beyond these requirements, the ideal SQA Engineer has a systematic approach as well as good problem-solving and negotiation skills.

Supply Chain Specialist

This position predominantly occurs at manufacturing companies but it can also appear at commercial companies. The Supply Chain Specialist works directly with the Supply Chain Manager and performs professional activities. The duties of the Supply Chain Specialist involve monitoring the whole logistic process of manufacturing, from purchasing to shipping.

System Architect

The System Architect has an extensive technological background and has professional knowledge in at least one field. This person is an experienced developer and communicates well with customers as well as developers. The System Architect’s duties involve determining the requirements of the hardware and/or software to be developed – based on the customer demands and the customer’s existing IT infrastructure – and determining the course of developments.
The duties of the System Architect involve the planning and documentation of the architecture of the system, the definition of the human and technical resources and costs. Depending on the size of the project, the system Architect may work alone or as part of a development team consisting of a few members. This person can frequently also implement the prototype of the designed system. Depending on the size of the development company, the System Architect may also perform project management tasks or may participate in the analysis of project requirements as an advisor. Since the field constantly requires new information, a command of English is indispensible.

Technical Architect

The Technical Architect is a senior member of the technical department of a company and establishes contact with the system organisers, data base administrators and other IT departments. This person detects the system requirements and operational criteria, based on which s/he establishes the topology of hardware components and creates the testing and development environment.

Technical Support Specialist

This is a technical support position related to the description, servicing and development of the products that have already been sold. This expert may also arrange trainings for the customers, during which the product is described in detail. The position requires two-three years experience.

Telemarketing/Telesales Executive

The main duties of a Telemarketing Executive involve making outgoing calls in order to establish new customer relationships and to maintain existing ones. The position also involves administrative tasks related to the calls (e.g. making offers, preparing contracts, etc.). The Telemarketing Executive generally closely cooperates with the rest of the sales staff.


Testers perform the administrative and functional testing of software products. It is their task to hand over the software to the customers free of faults. They draft the test methods (manual and automatic tests), administer the testing processes and keep in touch with the developers and product managers.


There are trainers in the service and company field as well. The trainer is an expert who surveys the training/development needs of an organisation or team and drafts training plans in various fields. The trainings are held by trainers, who compile written materials assisting the acquisition of these skills. The trainer’s role is to develop and improve the employees’ skills and to effectively develop the company objectives.

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