Manager (Retail)

Retail Managers coordinate the operations of retail establishments. These operations may include purchasing, budgetary, personnel, equipment, logistical, or other matters.

Duties and tasks

  • Assessing retail needs based on the demands and desires of a particular market
  • Interviewing and hiring potential employees
  • Planning budgets and spending capital appropriately
  • Predicting consumer trends and purchasing stock accordingly
  • Scheduling employees for shifts
  • Working with occupational health and safety organisations to ensure the retail outlet is up to code

Skills required

  • Ability to delegate responsibilities as needed
  • Active listening
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Speaking and other oral communication
  • Use of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking to solve problems

Working conditions

Retail Managers may work in a variety of retail outlets and establishments. These can be clothing stores (either chain or boutique), electronics stores, speciality stores, general stores, department stores, discount stores etc.

Professional associations / Industry information

ARA Retail Institute
National Retail Association

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