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BUSINESS VOCABULARY

UNIT 2
I. Circle the odd one out.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

CEO
post
local
board member
accountant
white-collar worker
secretary
advertising

PA
place
premises
manager
systems analyst
office worker
personal assistant
public relations

CIO
job
headquarters
client
auditor
administrative officer
company secretary
human resources

IT
role
regional office
director
financial director
shop-floor worker
administrative assistant
marketing

II. a. Complete the text with the words in the box
budgets
deadlines
launch
performance
projects
targets
team leaders
teams

In my company, nearly all work is done in (1) ……………………………, and all our managers
are (2) …………………………… I found this quite easy to adapt to, because at Business
School, we worked a lot together on (3) …………………………… and this got me used to
working towards goals or (4) …………………………… and meeting (5) …………………………… I
work in Research and Development of new products, and we get real satisfaction
from taking new products through from the original idea to the (6) ……………………………
perhaps one or two years later. I’m a Financial Manager, so a lot of my work involves
ensuring high (7) …………………………… in our projects while they keep within their
(8) …………………………… - and that involves strict cost control.

b. Use some of the words to write a paragraph about yourself or your organisation. This
will help you to personalise and remember them.
Compound nouns (e.g. Human Resources Manager, Team leaders etc.) are very common in
Business English. Compound nouns have two or more elements. The first element is made of a
noun (e.g. Team Leader) or a verb (e.g. working day). The second element is a noun.

III. How many compound nouns can you make by combining a word from box A
with one from box B? In some cases, more than one combination is

A
Finance
Job
Team
Product
Advertising
Office
Sales
Work

B
Budget
Development
Forecast
Manager
Satisfaction
Work
Place
Worker

IV. Complete the following table.
Verb
1 ……………………………
Develop
Supervise
Manage
Introduce
Recruit
11 ……………………………

Noun
satisfaction
3 ……………………………
5 ……………………………
6 ……………………………
8 ……………………………
10 ……………………………
12 ……………………………

Adjective
2 ……………………………
4 ……………………………
7 ……………………………
9 ……………………………
challenging
1

Are you need to speak English in your present job? 8. or more often? 6. How much are you earn in your present job? 4. You will not need all the words/phrases how how long how many how much how often what when where which who why 1. …………………………… does your HR department carry out formal appraisals every six months. …………………………… job would you like to be doing in tenyears’ time? 7. …………………………… is your boss? Ms Jones? 2. Complete these questions with the question words/phrases in the box. …………………………… people work in your office? 8. enjoy job do about What your most you? 2. work of line this into get you did How? 6. …………………………… did you go to school . Put the words into the correct order to form questions. ……………………………have you worked for this company? 3. …………………………… office would you prefer to work in: company headquarters or a regional office? 4. …………………………… does your boss earn VI. How discipline you to often workers have do? 4. If we give you the job. Correct them! 1. 1. How long you expect to stay with us? 7. Each of these questions has a mistake. your there about you job anything Is dislike? 3. when you can to start? 5. many are your people there How store in? 5. When you left school? 3. How long you have worked for this company? 2. What you find most challenging in your job? 2 . What think years’ you time you in will be do doing ten? VII.in this country or abroad? 5. What studied you at university? 6.V.