Title: DEPARTMENT MANAGER (LAWN & GARDEN, TOYS, and PETS) Location: United States-Virginia-Virginia Beach Job Number: 170002FE

Job Summary: Manages sales activities in assigned retail and/or mall services departments. Ensures department(s) are appropriately stocked, attractively displayed, and adequately staffed to achieve sales goals and service standards. Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for department level execution of retail and/or assigned mall services business strategies, procedures, and policies.

  • Ensures department is fully stocked, and merchandise is attractively displayed; to include effective signing, accurate price marking, fact tags, etc. Adheres to corporate Visual Merchandising standards. Coordinates stock replenishment with backroom and procurement personnel.

  • Acts as stock replenishment expert. Ensures stock replenishment program for responsible departments is effectively executed.

  • Establishes and implements an effective customer relations program. Ensures service provided meets or exceeds NES standards and customer expectations.

  • Reviews department(s) merchandise stock structure, makes recommendations and provides information to Store Divisional Managers, Buyers, etc. regarding merchandise in-stock position, stock assortment, product saleability, local demand trends and requirements, etc.

  • Reviews daily sales reports. Recommends/initiates markdowns, as necessary. Provides input to Store Divisional Managers/Store Managers regarding departmental promotions, sales goals and budgets.

  • Controls scheduling to ensure staffing levels and payroll expenditures are appropriate to current business conditions.

  • Coordinates and implements departmental promotions and sales events with store operations, visual merchandising, and merchandise procurement associates. Provides post-promotion feedback to Buyers, Store Manager, etc.

  • Supervises, trains, and motivates assigned sales associates. Ensures subordinate associates are aware of sales goals, sales events, sales incentive programs, store policies, etc.

  • Keeps current regarding industry/market trends for assigned departments. Conducts comparisons with other retailers to benchmark business practices. Implements "best practices" as feasible.

  • Carries out policy of courtesy and service, recognizing the importance of genuine, obvious and active attention required in a retail organization. Exercises tact, good manners, and courtesy when serving and assisting customers and fellow associates in the performance of duties. Actively seeks to become knowledgeable concerning store policies and services offered in order to effectively carry out the requirements of this position. Responds to inquiries and provides assistance in a prompt and friendly manner.

  • Performs independently under the direction of a Store Divisional Manager or Store Manager. Work is reviewed in terms of achievement of operational goals and objectives.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned Qualifications: Successful candidate will be responsible for managing the sales activities and department level execution of retail business strategies, procedures, and policies for the Lawn & Garden, Toys and Pet Supplies departments. Ensures all departments are appropriately stocked, attractively displayed, and adequately staffed to achieve sales goals and service standards.

Candidates must have a minimum of 4 years retail management experience, enthusiasm, extensive merchandising knowledge, skills in sales leadership, staff recruitment, training and coaching. Relevant product knowledge a must. VA Certified Nurseryman or Master Gardener a plus. Job: Store Management