A department store manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the retail store. They typically report to a regional director or regional manager, who they may interact with on a daily basis or less frequently. They hire and manage store personnel, as well as direct them in carrying out their employer’s vision. They may also be responsible for merchandising, training new employees, and completing scheduling and payroll. Some businesses create sales goals for department managers that must be met on a yearly or monthly basis.
Department managers in retail stores often work varying hours. They may be required to work nights and weekends to meet customer needs, depending upon their store’s hours. They may have to be present when the store is not open to complete paperwork or to receive shipments. They often have to make bank deposits and transactions away from the store location. Traveling for meetings and special projects may be required.
Typically, department store managers in a retail store environment must be highly organized and flexible. Energy and leadership potential are two of the most important qualities for a department manager in a retail store. They are expected to model the store vision for employees and customers alike. They have several years of experience in retail management and may be asked to have an associate’s degree or higher. They have to have excellent communication skills to deal with the customers and be an effective manager of their subordinates.
Department Manager, Retail Store Tasks
- Manage the selection, training and development of staff; ensure monthly sales quota are met.
- Sell the organization's products and/or services to new or established customers; handle and resolve escalated customer complaints and issues.
- Oversee day-to-day retail operations and staff; monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
- Manage and stock inventory at specified levels.