Meat department in a grocery store.
There are many ways to become a supermarket manager, but this variation usually takes into account that people will have acquired specific skills either formally or informally. It’s easy to think of all the things a store manager might have to do. He or she may be responsible for store personnel, accounting, purchasing, payroll, merchandising, and many other things. What is not done directly by the supermarket manager can be delegated to the employees, but if the manager does not know how to do things right, the store is unlikely to function well.
A grocery store manager may have to take care of bookkeeping.
One way to become a supermarket manager is to move up the ranks. Some managers may recount how they started life making displays, packing groceries, or working as checkers or cashiers. Through persistent effort and learning the business at each incremental step, these managers eventually learned how to successfully run a store. Their professionalism convinced other people to give them promotions, and eventually they got jobs running the store or took their experience elsewhere to become store managers.
Many grocery store managers rise through the ranks after working in different areas of the store, such as a farm product manager.
Moving can be challenging and can take years to accomplish. Another avenue is to get a formal business education to learn everything you need to know about running a grocery store. You can earn a bachelor’s degree in business management with a focus on retail management. Even a business degree in another field can be leveraged into eventual store management with a few years of experience. Some people work part-time in grocery stores in lower-level positions while attending school, so they can claim the grocery store experience and education necessary to successfully manage.
Some supermarket managers start out as cashiers.
The most expensive way to become a grocery store manager is to buy a grocery store and manage it. This may or may not work and depends on how well you understand the work being done in this effort. Some owners/managers are very successful and have the good sense to surround themselves with experienced employees who can teach them all aspects of the business they don’t understand. Others may underestimate the level of work and not find the success they want.
An alternative plan is to move from one area of business management to another. There is often an easy marriage between the food market and other retail businesses such as clothing. People who have run clothing stores and have education or experience can easily adapt to the job as a grocery store manager. On the other hand, this leap is not always easy to make, as store management positions may specify a certain amount of grocery store experience.