WHAT DO DISTRICT MANAGERS DO?
District managers are the people in charge of entire regions where multiple stores operate. Whatever branches of their company operate within their district is their responsibility. District managers managers are in charge of the operational practices of all stores making sure each runs smoothly, cleanly and meets any budget and sales goals and is complying with any marketing campaigns and promotions.
District managers interview, hire, coordinate and discipline store managers, and check in on individual stores to make sure the store is stocked, clean and in proper working order. District managers create and maintain budgets, and coordinate with and report to senior management in the company.
HOW MUCH DO DISTRICT MANAGERS MAKE?
This depends a lot on what kind of field you are in and what sort of company you are hired to manage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, restaurant and food service managers make a median income of $48,130, or $23.14 per hour. Pay will vary depending on occupation and years of service, among other factors.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Again, this varies greatly depending on the field of work, but on-the-job experience in the line of work is a must. There are many general management courses that you can take, and even specialized secondary education majors, that might shorten the time it takes to reach management level in your field. But most managers have spent years as general employees in their respective fields before reaching a leadership level.
People looking to advance to district manager positions might want to get a degree in business management, restaurant and hospitality management, or similar fields.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Leadership Skills: District managers have to keep your employees motivated, resolve conflicts and make hard decisions. A successful district manager is a good leader.
- Time Management: District managers work with multiple stores and managers across a large region, coordinate visiting these stores from time to time. District managers might have to create schedules, order supplies and write reports. Time management is essential to make sure everything gets done.
- Math and Budgeting: District managers are expected to keep and maintain a budget in almost every field. You will need to be confident in using math skills to make sure you know where your company's money is going.
- Analytical Skills: District managers are in charge of hiring new store managers, and being a good judge of character will help ensure that you hire the right people to maintain an efficient and motivated team. You will also need analytical skills to be able to solve problems that may come up during a typical work day.
- Decision-Making Skills: The buck stops with you. Whether it is dealing with employees, management or vendors, you will have to make decisions that affect the company. Having the ability to make hard and fast decisions is crucial to your success.
- Speaking and Writing: District managers do a lot of communicating. This might be in front of a group of employees, or in a meeting with management. You might be called upon to write reports, recommendations, or reasons for termination. Great verbal communications and writing skills will help you in any of these scenarios.