Positions in a company

Positions = 직책

회장 = chairman

부회장 = vice-chairman

사장 = CEO (chief executive officer)

부사장 = vice-president

이사 , 상무 = director

대표 , 대표이사 = representative director

상무, 상무이사 = executive director, managing director

차장 = deputy department head

실장 = general manager

과장 = section manager , head chief

소장 = manager, head, chief

팀장 = team leader

대리, 부팀장 = assistant manager

지점장 = branch manager

자문 = counsel

감사 = auditor general

기사 = engineer; article; driver, chauffeur

·         건축기사 = building engineer

비서 = secretary

접수자 = receptionist

담당자, 책임자 = person in charge, responsible for something

상사 = boss

·         저는 제 상사가 싫습니다. = I hate my boss.

사원 = staff


Attention! When addressing to a person we have to add the suffix -님 after it’s position, like  회장님, 사장님, 팀장님 etc.


Departments = 부서

인사부 = personnel department

영업부 = sales department

재무부 = accounting department

총무부 = general affairs department

기획부 = planning department

생산부 = production department

홍보부 = promotion department

군수부 = logistic department

비서실 = secretary’s office



회장 - Often a semi-retired president or company founder. Denotes a position with considerable power within the company exercised through behind-the-scenes influence via the active president.

부회장 - At Korean family-owned chaebol companies such as Samsung, the vice-chairman commonly holds the CEO title (i.e., Vice Chairman & CEO).

사장 - Some companies do not have the "chairman" position, in which case the  CEO is the top position that is equally respected and authoritative.

부사장 - Reports directly to the president, the 사장

부장 - Highest non-executive title; denotes a head of a division/department. There is significant variation in the official English translation used by different companies.

차장 - Direct subordinate to 부장


Written by: 이사벨

Source: Korean for intermediate learners by National Institute of the Korean Language,  koreanwikiproject.com, wikipedia.org

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