Retail Branch Manager
A retail branch manager oversees the daily operations of a retail store including inventory, personnel, sales, and finances.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Handle merchandising, budgeting, credit control, accounting, inventory and expense control
- Employ, train, develop, supervise and terminate personnel in a retail location
- Provide quality service within acceptable productivity ratios
- Direct and perform fieldwork, including selling, and building good will
- Comply with all government regulations to maintain a minimal level of liability for the retail location. Examples: OSHA Wage and Hour Law, EEO, Sales Tax, etc.
- Operate the business for adequate return on investment to keep it financially sound
- Responsible and accountable for all environmental and safety compliance at retail locations
- Maintain good relations with local civic leaders, patrons and board, keep the company image at a very high level in the community
- Supervise truck and equipment maintenance, routes, degree-day systems, use of loaned equipment, which requires climbing, crawling on and around equipment being inspected
- Handle all complaints promptly and thoroughly
- Responsible for budget compliance
- Responsible for management of branch merchandise
- Build relationships with suppliers and customers
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s degree in agriculture business, or marketing is preferred. Depending on the nature of the retail store, animal, horticulture, crop science or soil science could also be sufficient.
To pursue a career as a retail branch manager:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, business courses and computer courses.
Where can I work?
Agriculture retail stores can be independently owned and operated or they can be company stores allowing a retail branch manager to be employed by chain for retail stores or within a privately held company or self-employed.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The job outlook for a branch retail manager will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- Agriculture Retailer’s Association
- National Agri-Marketing Association