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.

What responsibilities are common for Department Manager jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Department Manager jobs?
  • 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

$46,013 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $46K
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Department Manager Career Path

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Assistant Department Manager
Apr 6, 2021

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

Department Manager
Apr 14, 2022

“I stayed for years because I was always "on the brink of a promotion" and the insurance is amazing.”

Head of Department
Apr 25, 2022

“2. Salary: One of the best in the industry and always on time like any standard organization.”

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

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

The Home DepotThe Home Depot
Department Supervisor With Keys
Aug 18, 2021

“Crap shoot if you get a good leadership team or not depending on the store.”

Procter & GambleProcter & Gamble
Operations Department Manager
May 19, 2022

“Great people and job satisfaction is great after overcoming many hurdles”

Department Head
Nov 30, 2021

“Over worked if your a good worker while the lazy people get to stay lazy cause the managers don’t know how to manage.”

Department Manager
Apr 5, 2021

“Overworked and underpaid at this level.”

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