How to write a General Manager job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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General Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of General Manager job titles

    General Manager
    General Manager (5+ Years Experience)
    Restaurant General Manager
    General Manager (Part-Time)

General Manager job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a General Manager job summary

A hip, trendy bar and grill in the museum district seeks an ambitious General Manager to take over store operations. The ideal candidate knows the restaurant business backward and forward and can anticipate changes in the industry before they occur. We’re looking for a self-motivated individual who can take advantage of our competitive bonus structure for the benefit of both the restaurant and him or herself. You will be responsible for hiring waitstaff and other employees, training new recruits, updating the menu, ordering supplies and ingredients, budgeting expenses and managing customer care.

General Manager responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of General Manager responsibilities

    Find new ways to promote the restaurant through trade and community events
    Institute and follow advanced cash handling policies and procedures
    Remain accountable for all profit and loss figures
    Update and change menu seasonally and in response to budgetary concerns
    Ensure all waitstaff comply with health regulations and maintain their ServSafe certifications
    Delegate responsibilities and tasks to the AGM, kitchen manager and other employees
    Maintain top quality assurance and customer service standards
    Focus on building sales and forecasting future performance

General Manager qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of General Manager skills

    5+ years QSR experience
    1+ years restaurant experience in a leadership position
    Current ServSafe certification
    Advanced understanding of all full-service restaurant operations
    Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
    Ability to coach, train and motivate employees

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