General/operations managers are responsible for maintaining a business. They work in tandem with location personnel and upper management to ensure the functions of the business and service delivery. A general manager oversees everything from the cleanliness of a location to the inventory that comes in, is sold or delivered. They are responsible for cash deposits and safe maintenance.
General managers also control the budget for the store. They manage the personnel and staff in supervisory duties and control wages, promotions and hiring. They maintain other supervisory staff and implement training procedures for new employees. General managers report to regional and corporate management and assist in developing strategies for the future of the business. As they regularly interact with customers or clients, customer service skills are important to this position.
General managers handle the tasks of entry-level positions as needed--managing cash registers, cleaning the location or addressing customer service concerns throughout the day. They are responsible for asset protection and implementing progressive strategies for company processes. They develop and improve company policies to ensure a productive and safe working environment. General managers also ensure the location meets all local and federal requirements and codes.
General managers typically have some level of higher education or experience; a bachelor's degree in business management is typically the minimum. Many positions require experience supervising other employees or experience in the industry they'll be managing. Though some companies may have different needs, most general managers work within normal business operating hours.
General / Operations Manager Tasks
- Develop and implement the operating budget, health and safety management plans, and operational improvements.
- Develop and lead the operations team.
- Monitor support functions and provide direction for store management.