District managers oversee all operations of company stores in various branches included in their assignment areas. For example, some district managers may be assigned to oversee all McDonald’s hamburger store operations in the area of Oakland, California. They ensure these branches meet sales estimates or projected revenues and complete reports related to activities within their designated area. The failures or successes of the stores in their assigned areas in meeting company expectations will be a reflection on their management ability or lack of it. Some district managers primarily sell products rather than manage people. They may imitate a district manager’s responsibilities and still perform sales.
The district manager assesses if the stores have met company standards and expectations. He/she inspects the whole store, train staff and conduct meetings. District managers also recruit and fire store employees and managers. They regularly visit their branches/locations to inspect and interview individual store management. They also conduct meetings and may recommend changes regarding store activities and procedures and even staff changes. They conduct staff assessments and have the power to apply salary changes to store employees. District managers are empowered by management to intervene in staff level disputes, settle them and to report personnel issues and matters to the recruiting staff. District managers need to apply innovative approaches and new techniques in supervising stores in their area in order to keep updated with competition. They should recommend new adaptations in supervision and modifications to company policies if those policies fail to work in their district. They may pick up vital information from the outdoors for corporate management.
Education and Training Requirements
A district management job requires completing a four-year degree in business or a similar subject plus 5 years managerial experience. Many companies hire postgraduate students for this job with corresponding 5 years experience.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
The candidate needs to have good computer skills, use analytical thought, have excellent communication, computer, organization and teamwork skills. He/she must also be detail oriented in order to be a good district manager.
District managers usually work in a comfortable well-lit office environment. Their work entails a lot of traveling to their assigned districts. They normally follow a 40-hour workweek.
A district manager makes $63,000 annually on average. Factors such as size of company, location, nature of the industry, benefits and experience may cause salaries to vary considerably among district managers.