General Manager, Armani Outlet, Toronto

Job Description

The Armani Group is one of the leading fashion and luxury goods groups in the world today with 10,500 direct employees, 12 production plants and more than 2,704 boutiques in 60 countries around the world. It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including apparel, accessories, eyewear, watches, jewelry, home interiors, fragrances and cosmetics under a range of brand names: Giorgio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Emporio Armani, AJ Armani Jeans, A/X Armani Exchange, Armani Junior and Armani Casa.

Description of Responsibilities:

  • To recruit, develop, guide and train a staff that is dedicated to driving the business
  • To achieve and surpass business goals
  • To insure smooth operation of boutique at all times
  • To provide and maintain a proactive business plan while maintain peak productivity in all areas
  • To insure all merchandise is handled appropriately and inventory is accounted for and monitored

Overview of Critical Duties:

Sales Performance

  • Meet and/or exceed the sales goals
  • Analyze store sales reports to determine the needs of the business and set business strategies
  • Track, monitor and communicate business results
  • Seek out new ways to increase business
  • Support the development of associate's sales techniques to maximize sales
  • Respond to business needs with urgency
  • Insure all sales related policies and procedures are maintained
  • Coordinate with advertising and public relations to support maximum sales

Product Knowledge

  • Possess an in-depth knowledge of the merchandise
  • Seek to increase product knowledge amongst staff
  • Maintain a keen interest in market trends
  • Maintain a consistent awareness of the competition
  • Utilize product knowledge to increase sales
  • Identify product concerns in a timely manner

Merchandising/Visual

  • Implement and maintain all merchandising directives and insure execution of effective merchandising strategies
  • Build and maintain communication with the buyer
  • Provide written and verbal information as requested by the merchandising department
  • Insure deliveries are properly processed in a timely manner
  • Insure the selling floor is neat, clean, organized and reflects the correct visual image at all times
  • Insure presentation of all displays, fixtures and all visual areas

Inventory

  • Possess continual thorough knowledge of stock levels
  • Monitor inventory to control shrinkage, ticketing, sensors, and proper/organized storage
  • Supervise the staff in regards to inventory maintenance and controls
  • Communicate inventory needs to support the business goal
  • Monitor the movement of all inventory and insure proper shipment
  • Reconcile all inventory discrepancies in a timely and effective manner

Operations

  • Insure facility maintenance, presentation and organization
  • Insure all associates are aware of and abide by all Operations Manual policies and procedures as well as operations directives
  • Control store expenses and maintain operating budgets continually striving to reduce costs

Human Resources

  • Recruit, train and develop staff insuring all management positions are filled in a timely fashion with qualified personnel
  • Insure integrity of payroll and the payroll process
  • Insure all Human Resources paperwork is processed correctly and in a timely manner
  • Insure all associates are aware of and abide by all Human Resources Manual policies and procedures as well as Human Resources directives
  • Insure consistent standard of image and grooming at all times
  • Approve schedules to maintain coverage while avoiding overtime
  • Continually evaluates the performance of each associate and provide constant feedback to insure results
  • Resolve all interpersonnel issues in a timely and effective manner
  • Support, implement and provide follow-up for training programs, seminars, etc.
  • Conduct staff meetings on a regular basis
  • Provide and document progressive counseling when appropriate
  • Insure timely and effective annual performance appraisals

Client Service/Clienteling

  • Insure that all associates provide the highest level of client service
  • Maintain floor presence to assist clients, build rapport and monitor client interaction with staff
  • Acknowledge all clients
  • Recognize repeat clients and encourage client relationship; maintain communication and community presence
  • Insure staff maintains and utilizes all client records
  • Insure staff maintains constant communication with client
  • Resolve all client problems and complaints quickly and effectively
  • Identify and implement new methods of increasing client base
  • Monitor client purchases and client database and utilize information to increase sales and client contact

Loss Prevention

  • Support, promote and assume responsibility for loss prevention in all areas of risk management, physical security, store cash controls, inventory management, inter-store communication and L/P audits
  • Insure staff is aware of their responsibilities to loss/prevention and adheres by all Loss Prevention Manual policies and procedures as well as Loss Prevention directives

Point-of-Sale

  • Support and promote the Point-of-Sale process in all areas of register procedure, protocol and policies
  • Insure staff is aware of their responsibilities to Point-of-Sales and adheres to all policies and procedure
  • Insure staff is trained in all areas of appropriate register/customer profile/style locator use and maintenance
  • Understand and properly execute all management register functions, inclusive of opening and closing procedures\

Shipping/Receiving

  • Monitor the Shipping/Receiving staff in all areas of stock, shipping, receiving protocol/ policies/procedures and shipping/receiving related paperwork
  • Insure staff is aware of their responsibilities to Shipping/Receiving and adheres to all policies and procedures

Special Events

  • Manage all special events
  • Provide recaps of all store events

Background/Experience:

  • Computer proficiency (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint)
  • Language skills not required but desirable
  • 5+ years of management experience in a similar high end related field
  • Experience in buying and/or merchandising
  • Sales background

Meet Some of Armani's Employees

Marc S.

Assistant Marketing Manager for Beauty

When a new campaign launches at a Giorgio Armani cosmetics counter, you can bet Marc’s been behind the scenes—from the campaign idea to the in-store display. And he's also the one running the numbers to make sure it’s a success.

Kristen H.

Assistant Marketing Manager for Fragrance

Kristen is responsible for Giorgio Armani Fragrance marketing campaigns, and all the details that go with that—from creating beautiful in-store displays to planning what specific inventory the store will need.


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