What does a General Manager do?

A General Manager leads a geographically dispersed team in an assigned Region. The Region includes 5-7 stores under your purview need to be overseen with a customer centric leadership style. You are responsible for hiring, training and mentoring the Store Managers and developing a succession plan for each store. Your main responsibility is to have a strategic plan that address store profitability through customer loyalty and staff retention.

The ideal candidate has a bachelor's degree in business administration or related field, with 3-5 years of management experience in a retail environment and 5-8 years of experience in a department store or retail establishment. Previous P&L and multi site management experience are essential. You need have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record for the past 24 months and pass a background check before an offer can be made.

What responsibilities are common for General Manager jobs?
  • Expected to achieve quarterly benchmarks on P&L
  • Prepare a strategic plan for your assigned Region
  • Responsible for hiring, mentoring & training Store Managers
  • Develop Succession plan for each Store in your assigned Region
  • Overall security plan for each Store in your assigned Region
  • Oversee safety & training plan for each Store in your assigned Region
  • Ensure all stores in your assigned Region are following labor & wage laws
  • Offer training & development opportunities
What are the typical qualifications for General Manager jobs?
  • 3-5 years of management experience in a retail environment
  • 5-8 years of experience in a department store or retail establishment
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • A valid Driver's license with clean driving record for 24 months
  • Must have P&L experience
  • Experience working in a union environment, preferred
  • Must have multi-site management
  • Experience in strategic planning
  • Have reliable transportation to visit each store
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

General Manager Salaries near Australia

Average Base Pay

$207,500 /yr
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Calac Wellness
General Manager
21 Sept 2023

“This is one of the best company's I have ever worked for great environment and the owners are the best”

Clark TestingClark Testing
General Manager
27 Aug 2022

“Career opportunities for growth were very good in my experience and I was able to advance my career there significantly.”

Pure GymPure Gym
General Manager
1 Oct 2023

“You get to work with amazing people who genuinely care for you and want to make you better.”

Fourteen FoodsFourteen Foods
General Manager
21 Sept 2022

“I can openly voice my issues and share feedback because my supervisor is trustworthy and knowledgeable.”

5 Horizons5 Horizons
SVP & General Manager
16 Aug 2023

“Team members are encouraged to think outside the box and I always felt empowered to drive results.”

Inspire BrandsInspire Brands
Assistant General Manager
12 Aug 2022

“Working in a sports bar is great and I love it and the interaction with team members and guests.”

Esporta FitnessEsporta Fitness
Assistant General Manager
17 Dec 2021

“I enjoyed make connections with the customers and being able to have access to a great facility.”

Mold-Tek TechnologiesMold-Tek Technologies
General Manager
3 Feb 2022

“I am working here since 2007 and it's been great experience with 100% satisfied career opportunities.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of general managers

Each day, a general manager is responsible for the operations, administrative functions, and finances of a particular company. Since the job entails many aspects, many general managers delegate these jobs so they can be more effective and supervise these lower-level managers.

Employment opportunities for general managers should remain strong. One advantage of working as a general manager is that they they can complete some tasks from almost anywhere. This is because they usually work at a computer doing administrative tasks and speaking to vendors on the phone.

General managers do get paid well. The average base salary for general managers in the United States is $207,500 per year, depending on where they work and years of experience. With the proper training and education, they can earn up to $293,750 per year.

There are some difficult aspects about being a general manager, for example they might work evenings and weekends. If you're considering becoming a general manager, also keep in mind that some travel might be involved to meet with upper management.

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