What does a Department Manager do?

A Department Manager is found widely throughout various industries. A Department Manager works to ensure a positive experience for the customer by overseeing all aspects of their experience interacting with the company. They assist with the execution of daily operations through staff training, supervision and team building. A supervisor is well educated on the policies and expectations of the company and is usually promoted from within or has prior relevant experience.

Department Manager are required to have a high school education or GED. Many have advanced degrees in management or a related field. A Department Manager in specialized industries will also be required to possess certifications relevant to the field. Recent experience in the industry they are working is essential, as they oversee managing employees and their daily interactions with customers and do so to company standards. Leadership skills and ability to resolve challenges quickly are common attributes of an effective Department Manager.

  • Oversee and administer tests to ensure employees have a firm understanding of company policy
  • Train new hires on the standards and procedures of the company, from how to handle a negative customer experience to how to properly interact with customers
  • Ensure proper approval for customer discounts, returns and exchanges while providing customer satisfaction and positive interaction with the company
  • Actively seek to resolve any concerns while adhering to the company policy and standards of behavior
  • Ensure company goals and objectives are being met by each employee and provide feedback
  • Address customer concerns in reference to products, services rendered or employee interactions
  • Establish tasks for employees to ensure a clean workplace, this includes stocking supplies and maintaining clean restrooms and public spaces
  • Monitor and supervise the timely arrival of scheduled employees, with aware of unforeseen challenges such as scheduling
  • Experience overseeing yearly training plans for departments within the company
  • Extensive knowledge of management theory and its practical applications in the workplace
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior management and other departments
  • Experience analyzing company needs, employee development and goal setting
  • Instructional experience in a group business setting preferred
  • Proficient using Microsoft Suite and other data entry software
  • Strong understanding of business goals and standards for customer service
  • Ability to effectively organize and manage multiple company initiatives simultaneously
  • Bachelor's degree in management or other relevant industry field is preferred
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Department Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$62,661 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $63K
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Assistant Department Manager
6 Apr 2021

“The people are great and its one of the best retail environments out there depending on the store”

Department Head
29 Aug 2019

“Barkyn gives me great career opportunities and is a place where I feel challenged everyday.”

Clearstone Engineering
Department Head, Environmental Reporting
6 Apr 2020

“Clearstone Engineering Ltd provided me tremendous opportunity for career growth and engagement in meaningful industry projects.”

Citizens Property InsuranceCitizens Property Insurance
Manager (Department Not Disclosed)
13 Aug 2019

“Benefits are one of the best things about Citizens and certainly attractive to an external hire.”

Fortino's SupermarketsFortino's Supermarkets
Department Manager
5 Jan 2021

“Management above me never took anything seriously and disregarded issues I would try and discuss with them.”

4Wall Entertainment4Wall Entertainment
Rigging Department Lead
13 Sep 2019

“Truthfully the best job I have ever had! Good benefits and perks as well.”

Department Head
15 Nov 2019

“The leadership team is incredibly collaborative and supportive and I see my career continuing to develop for many years ahead here.”

The Brookdale Hospital Medical CenterThe Brookdale Hospital Medical Center
Nursing Home Department Head
2 Oct 2019

“Great first 4 years but hell only after I reported legitimate issues to my supervisor.”

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