Garden Centre General Manager

Posted: 24 Jan 2020
Location: High Wycombe
Company: Straight Line Retail Recruitment
Salary: £44 - £46,000 + Car Allowance, Bonus & Full Package
Closing Date: 20th Feb

The Company

A business with a long and rich heritage this retailer of all things garden and home related has invested heavily in store refurbishment, acquisition and organic expansion and is one of the best-known businesses in its sector. As part of the ongoing growth and development of the business they are now looking to recruit a General Manager for this well established and high-profile site

The Role

Reporting to the Regional Manager the role takes full operational responsibility for all day to day site operations including:

Providing a strategic lead with regards to all short, medium and long-term business objectives
Setting the standard with regards to customer experience and overall site look and feel.
Controlling all site targets, budgets and finances, manage the overall EBITDA and develop the business with regards to overall stock package and layout in order to maximise sales.
Be a figurehead to a large team and be adept at managing multiple stakeholders up and down the chain of command.

The role requires a broad and flexible management style but the business prefers strong leaders with conviction and the ability to back up their approach with sound commercial arguments. As a retailer the business sets high standards and expects their General Managers to have a similar approach. The role has total accountability for the look and feel of the site and interested candidates can expect a high degree of influence when it comes to shaping the business to meet the needs of today’s demanding customers.

The Candidate

Interested applicants will:

Have a considerable depth of management experience within a high-volume food or non-food retail unit.
Probably already be at General or Store Manager level and have a track record working with large stores, ideally with a variety of products.

Applications are invited from a broad range of retail sectors, DIY Stores, Out of Town Fashion and General Merchandise businesses, Garden Centres or Electrical Superstores. The role is responsible for a large team and would suit a General Manager adept at supporting and nurturing their people. It’s a highly visible position with considerable responsibility and requires a candidate comfortable with a degree of scrutiny and able to manage the expectations of senior managers who will regularly be on-site. The store is very high profile and will really suit a manager happy in the spotlight.