A district store manager oversees a geographic network of retail outlets for a major retailer. This manager oversees the stores in the designated geographic area, working to maximize profitability and efficiency. The district store manager serves as the conduit between corporate headquarters and the individual store managers. Almost all district store managers are expected to travel and work flexible hours to meet their company's needs.
District store managers may make planned trips to stores and distribution warehouses for inspection. Generally, though, most work in an office setting reviewing important financial data and conducting meetings as necessary. District store managers work primarily with assistant district store managers and individual store managers to gather information on the success of the individual stores, as well as any potential issues.
Typically, district store manager positions require at least five years of multi-store management experience (e.g., as an assistant district store manager). Additionally, most district store managers begin their careers in the retail industry and work their way up to store manager, since successful candidates for district store manager positions need to have an advanced understanding of store operations and the procurement and selling processes. Additional qualifications may include a bachelor's degree.
District Store Manager Tasks
Analyze sales and market trends to determine the overall product assortment strategy.
Aid in vendor selection, negotiate vendor programs, and strive to build rapport with long-term business partners.
Provide leadership, direction, and guidance for the overall sourcing process.
Maintain buyer assortment plans and coordinate private level efforts in coordination with the sourcing team.