When it comes to hiring a General Manager most employers are looking for candidates with very strong leadership capabilities, great communication skills at all levels and an individual with clear determination and commitment to being successful.
There are many specific tasks that general managers are responsible for. Their knowledge and abilities must include general and basic know-how spanning many different areas. In most circumstances, this person is charged with ensuring that other managers, supervisors or employees have their departments, subordinates, and duties well-organized and are working competently and efficiently to meet various business goals.
General Manager duties often involve troubleshooting, problem-solving, and quick, firm decision making. This is the go-to person for many other employees in a company, including his or her higher-ups. General Manager’s can offer insight into many areas of the company’s operations, and is a trusted and reliable presence. The general manager is able to advise other employees and take pressure off of those in senior management. Some of these duties include the ability to quickly and accurately assess information and share that information with senior management often in concise reports. These reports may also include recommendations for time or money saving ideas or other ways to better meet business goals.
The general manager is often an overseer, a person that other managers meet with to discuss ideas, issues, and concerns. In a small company, he or she may be in charge of, or oversee, nearly every function of the business. Being a general manager is a huge responsibility, but being a good one can create a great deal of opportunity for future advancement this holds especially true in larger companies.