The function of the district manager is to oversee the overall operation of retail stores within an assigned territory or district. The district manager is tasked with ensuring the various retail stores are running smoothly and that the stores meet their sales goals. Individual store managers are interviewed and hired by the district manager. This position typically reports in to senior management at the company.
District managers are strong merchants with a thorough understanding of retail aesthetics and customers. They possess strong analytical skills and are effective problem solvers. District managers hire, train and develop their management teams. Other responsibilities include ensuring district-wide customer satisfaction and product quality, while managing the territory's financial performance, and managing safety and security within the district.
Summary of Experience:
Proven history of retail management experience, preferably multi-unit experience. District managers must have the ability to analyze financial reports. Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skills also a must.
As with most retail positions, a high school diploma or GED is the only education requirement. College degree in business, or a closely related field, may substitute for a portion of the required experience.
Base salary will vary with location and number of stores within the district. Compensation ranges from around $45,000 to $80,000. District managers usually receive a company car, travel expenses, medical benefits, and occasionally relocation allocation. Performance bonuses are customary.