Career Story: District Supervisor For A Chain Of Pharmacies

District Supervisor For A Chain Of Pharmacies

Job Title: Pharmacy District Supervisor

Type of Company: I work for a large national general merchandise chain.

Education: BS, Northeastern University

Previous Experience: I have been a pharmacist for the past 13 years, 11 of which I spent in the store filling prescriptions for my patients. I enjoyed this but always wanted to get into a leadership role where I could contribute more directly to my company's financial success.

Job Tasks: In my job as a pharmacy district manager I have several different responsibilities. Above all, I am responsible for the financial performance of my stores: can they pay their bills and still turn a profit at the end of the year? I am also responsible for recruiting and hiring teams that can deliver a great pharmacy experience to our customers while still being efficient and effectively filling prescriptions. Part of my job also requires me to make sure the pharmacies are operating within the limits of the law, filling prescriptions correctly and ethically.

There are other parts of my job which are not taught in pharmacy school. Together with our HR representative, I'm the person responsible for taking corrective actions against those team members who are not meeting the company's expectations. There are times, too, when I need to deliver some kind of corrective action to an employee who has done something that violates our company guidelines.

I am also responsible for encouraging employees who have a desire to do more with the company. I will work with them or put them in touch with people who can help them with some of their developmental needs.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job by far is the interaction I have with people. Without quality people we cannot achieve goals. In my role I work to develop people for their future jobs, replacing me or someone else. When I see people that I have helped achieve success, it makes me proud.

The most difficult part of my job is having to deal with people who don't care or do just what is necessary to get by. Unfortunately these people are present in every company, but they make my job and their co-workers jobs much more difficult.

Job Tips:
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