What does a Store Manager do?

Store managers are responsible for the general management of a retail store. That could mean one store in a chain of thousands or a stand-alone retail establishment. Regardless of the size of the parent company, a store manager's primary purpose is to ensure that a store's operations run smoothly.

While most companies do not look for their store managers to have a specific educational background, some say they prefer candidates that have a college degree. The best store managers have many years of retail experience, a strong ability to lead, and excellent attention to detail.

  • Drive customer service excellence to every aspect of the store, including store appearance, display of merchandise, product placement, story layout, and selling procedures
  • Ensure strategic goals and sales targets of the store are met by maximizing sales and gross profit, reviewing sales performance, controlling expenses, and managing inventory
  • Hire, train, develop, and supervise staff
  • Provide staff with feedback, coaching, and performance evaluations
  • Coordinate daily staffing and staffing schedules
  • Ensure the store complies with outlined safety policies and proceduces, as well as state and local health regulations
  • Make sure wages, work hours, and equal employment opportunities are upheld according to federal and state laws
  • Perform administrative tasks to support the smooth operation of all store operations, including the timely submission of all personnel paperwork, preparing and submitting reports, and monitoring sales receipts and cash
  • Monitor stock and inventory, and perform quality assurance of merchandise on a regular basis
  • Minimum high school diploma, GED, or equivalent education
  • 3-5 years of retail sales required; retail management experience and a college degree preferred
  • Excellent organizational, time management, prioritization, and multitasking skills
  • Experience with interviewing, hiring and evaluating candidates, and assessing employee performance
  • Basic math skills sufficient to complete orders, calculate inventory, and manage cash registers
  • Ability to reach overhead, bend, squat, kneel, and carry products in order to perform and cover all workfloor duties
  • Able to give clear directions and set expectations for staff
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by example
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
2.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Store Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£28,395 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£19K
Median: £28K
£42K
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Store Manager Career Path

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L2
Store Manager
£28,395/yr
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L4
Store Manager Iv
£26,362/yr
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Store Manager Insights

Read what Store Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
El Topo
Retailer
23 Sep 2021

“I really liked working there the wait staff was great and talkative and the kitchen was understanding towards mistakes.”

bareMineralsbareMinerals
Assistant Boutique Manager
24 Jan 2021

“It is such a fun and great environment to work especially with the right staff.”

SubwaySubway
Store Manager
14 Sep 2019

“Not getting paid more for stepping up and continuing to do great work and not getting recognition.”

Alley TheatreAlley Theatre
Scene Shop Supervisor
17 Apr 2021

“The people I work with are the best in the industry and they’re my closest friends”

ReebokReebok
Retail Team Lead (Keyholder)
5 Aug 2021

“The pay is average but not what I feel is fair since you have to do everything.”

DreamsDreams
Store Manager
16 Aug 2020

“Most employees are nice but don't get to comfortable here or you'll get stuck.”

Guess?Guess?
Assistant Store Manager
19 Jul 2021

“Met one good colleague with whom I was able to keep a great professional relationship even today.”

Smile Direct ClubSmile Direct Club
Smile Shop Manager
4 Jan 2021

“At the beginning of my career the work life balance was wonderful but then it was horrible.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a store manager

When working as a store manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Leadership, Good Time Management, Solution Selling, Excellent Communication and Selecting.

The most similar professions to store manager are:
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Program Manager

The most common qualifications to become a store manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.