Assistant Manager - Athleta - Marketfair

The Assistant Manager is a brand consumer and brand advocate for Athleta Retail Stores. The role supports the Associate Manager & General Manager in driving an innovative, amazing customer experience, in an effort to operate sales profitably. The Athleta Assistant Manager serves as an important field representative on the brand's cross-functional team, partnering with the Associate Manager and GM to execute on merchandise product lines, brand marketing messages, and key assortment plans, while helping to develop and execute a brand-right customer service experience that exceeds expectations and sets Athleta apart from the competition. The Assistant Manager is responsible for executing the day-to-day plans and strategies to provide an amazing in-store experience.

As Athleta Retail Stores are equivalent to a start-up, the role is integral in recognizing and advocating for continuous process improvements, partnering with the Associate Store Manager & GM and striking the balance between customer analytics and 'gut' service strategies that create a compelling, innovative experience that delights our customer and always exceeds her expectations. He/she assists in the assessment of test store assumptions and creation of brand-right strategies for Athleta store expansion.

  • Implements action plans to improve key performance indicators to maximize business
  • Partners with Store Manager and GM to drive store employee talent attraction and retention efforts to drive maximum employee engagement
    • Assists Associate Store Manager with hiring and recruiting of store employees
    • Assists Associate Store Manager with on-the-job training to new employees
    • Assesses the effectiveness of the team, and provides the appropriate level of coaching performance feedback
  • Ensures desired brand experience is being fostered in store through individual and team customer interactions.
  • Promotes community involvement to drive brand awareness and loyalty
  • Fosters customer centric culture by recognizing and rewarding team
  • Serves as leader on duty
  • Creates and outstanding shopping experience bringing Athleta to life through this new expression of the brand (understands and leverages Call Center, catalog & online store)
  • Has a passion for delivering exceptional service everyday and inspires by example
  • Creates an inspiring shopping environment through effective merchandising capability, high in store standards and compelling visual presentation
  • Responsible for opening and closing procedures
  • Works with visual merchandising team to effectively position merchandise and signage within the store
  • Completes projects as assigned by Associate Store Manager and GM
  • This role may require a focus on one or more specialties including but not limited to visual merchandising, human resources, community involvement, inventory management
  • Reports to General Manager
  • Interacts with all levels of team, customer, community and corporate partners
  • Supervises sales team
  • Ability to establish & maintain effective relationships with employees and customers
  • Possesses a strong character/ethical core - distinctly knows the difference between doing what is right vs. doing the right thing
  • Ability to interact cooperatively and work as a team towards a common goal. Can communicate a compelling vision and manage successes and failings along the journey in a highly collaborative fashion
  • Results driven - Inspires and motivates to exceed goals
  • Skilled problem-solver - Applies rigorous logic & methods to solve ambiguous problems
  • Effectively prioritizes and provides focus for self and team, with appropriate attention to detail
  • Effective Communicator - Clearly articulates point-of-view, adapts communication style to audience, listens and asks questions to solicit feedback, and disseminates information effectively
  • Knowledge of in store systems, policy and procedure
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Minimum 6 months previous retail experience preferred
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as appropriate to schedule requirements
  • Ability to lift and carry 30lbs
  • Ability to maneuver around sales floor, back room and office areas

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