What is a District Manager-in-Training?
At Advance Auto Parts, a District Manager (DM)-in-Training is a key member of the District's leadership team. Each DM-in-Training must be knowledgeable of all facets of operating multiple (10-20) Advance Auto Parts stores and be committed to working closely with the District Manager and Region leaders to inspire our team, help our customers succeed, and grow the business and profitability with integrity.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
The District Manager-in-Training is responsible for working with the District Manager to manage all facets of the assigned area:
Effectively lead and grow all facets of the business (people, sales, product and profit); ensure alignment with company strategies and values
Ensure that priorities are set for stores to achieve high Team Member calibration and customer traction scores, and exceed financial targets
Assist in directing compliance of managers and Team Members with established company policies, procedures, and standards such as safekeeping of company funds, property and personnel and grievance practices, and safety and environmental codes and ordinances
Assist in maintaining a customer-friendly, quality image of assigned facilities
Review and analyze operational records and reports of General Managers to project sales and to determine store profitability and other business related measures to strengthen and sharpen business acumen
Analyze marketing potential of new and existing store locations and recommend additional sites or deletion of existing stores
Select, train, develop and evaluate General Manager performance in a manner that is inspiring, results in high performance and low turnover of successful General Managers
Ensure management team values diversity and supports a fair and respectful environment for both
Team Members and customers; including high performance, recognition, candid feedback and rewards for performance exists on their team
Use Regional Staff members within assigned Region as resources to broaden education in the areas of
Human resources, Risk Services, Commercial Sales, and Training
Demonstrate an eagerness to be a team player and assist in other functions as assigned by Region and Area leaders and as needed
Essential Job Skills Necessary for Success as a District Manager-in-Training
Working knowledge of automotive systems preferred
Speak and write English (Spanish a plus); communicate effectively and build strong relationships with customers, peers and upper management
Use Microsoft software effectively (Word, Excel required PowerPoint preferred)
Use basic math accurately: add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
Perform calculations such as Gross Margin and understand financial documents, such as Profit and Loss Statements (P&L), invoices, etc.
Ability to fully understand all facets of the business and excel in an integrated operating model (including DIY, Commercial, PDQ and Hub operations)
Define problems, collect information, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and effectively resolve issues independently
Think strategically, analyze issues and options, and effectively manage and facilitate change
Effectively delegate and supervise projects to ensure timely and quality execution
Ability to work an assortment of days, evenings, and weekends as needed
Prior Experiences that Set a District Manager-in-Training up for Success
3-5 years experience managing a team of 10 20 General Managers who supervise from 10 30 Team Members in a fast-paced and highly dynamic retail environment
Proven track record in meeting sales and gross margin targets in a multi-unit environment
Successful experience managing profitability; proven financial and business acumen
High school diploma or general education degree (GED), Bachelor's degree in business or a related area preferred
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a Team Member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the Team Member is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The Team Member must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a Team Member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the Team Member is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; explosives; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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