What's it like to be a Regional Manager?
Large companies may expand their reach to multiple locations through regional offices and establishments. When this happens, Regional Managers are usually hired to manage the overall operations of these sites, from overseeing daily activities to ensuring staff productivity and efficiency. Regional Managers work with managers and supervisors from each location, which means the work also involves constant meetings and travel.
Tasks and duties
- Setting goals, plans and strategies for multiple offices and stores in a region.
- Providing guidance to managers and supervisors to ensure smooth operations.
- Creating and implementing site policies and ensuring compliance.
- Evaluating and improving staff performance through mentoring and training.
- Assisting in the handling and resolution of issues and problems.
- Monitoring the general performance and activities of the site or location.
Most Regional Managers have a qualification and/or experience in business or management.
Complete a bachelor degree in business, management or the field you want to enter (for example, information technology).
Consider a postgraduate degree to enhance your credentials and leadership skills. Ideally, you would want to choose a course related to your previous degree so you can grow your knowledge and expertise further.
Gain experience in your chosen field. You typically need prior experience in the same company or industry to pursue this role.
Take on leadership or management seminars, workshops and programs. As the role requires managing multiple people and sites, you will increase your chances of getting hired as a Regional Manager if you have relevant skills.