Careers in Retail Management

  • Who loves the retail store experience?
  • Who craves the excitement of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping?
  • Who thrives in a retail environment?

The people responsible for managing retail stores are Retail Store Managers, Assistant Store Managers and Area/Department Managers.

Retail Store Manager

A Retail Store Manager oversees all of the activities of a retail store’s operation.

  • Responsible for implementing the company’s marketing and sales plans while ensuring the efficient operation of sales, operations and administration within the store
  • Oversee sales promotions, placing merchandise on the sales floor, monitor sales and inventory levels, manage personnel and generate profits
  • Set a tone for the store and share a vision of success and expectations about customer service, promotions and store goals with all employees

Job Qualifications


  • A bachelor’s degree in merchandising, retailing, business or management


  • Retail sales and assistant management experience
  • Overall knowledge and additional experience in all aspects of retailing

Personal Characteristics

  • Good team leader who is self-motivated, adaptable and communicates well
  • Enjoy a fast-moving, high-pressure environment

Assistant Store Manager

Assistant Store Managers can have a variety of titles and responsibilities.

Assistant Store Manager in a Specialty Store

  • Assists the store manager in all aspects of store operations
  • Provides leadership to the store in the areas of associate development, execution of merchandise sales areas, analysis of business operations and expense management

HR Manager

  • Primary responsibility for human resources, including recruitment, training, staffing and payroll

Operations Manager

  • Primarily responsible for receiving, freight processing, stock rooms, store maintenance, store systems and cash office procedures

Merchandising Manager

  • Primarily responsible for merchandising the sales floor and supervising sales associates.

Job Qualifications


  • A bachelor’s degree in merchandising, retailing, business, management or a related field


  • Retail sales and managerial experience
  • Management training program

Personal Characteristics

  • Effective interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Knowledge of accounting, personnel and marketing
  • Detail oriented and flexible

Area/Department Manager

An Area or Department Manager oversees a specific area or department within a store.


  • Coordinating sales associates
  • Assisting with employee hires, scheduling weekly work hours, handling employee and customer complaints, and monitoring the performance of employees
  • Have regular meetings with store managers, assistant store managers and employees
  • Discuss promotions, concerns and opportunities
  • Maintain the sales by merchandising and recording price changes

Job Qualifications


  • A bachelor’s or associate’s degree in merchandising, retailing, business or a related degree


  • Successful retail sales experience

Personal Characteristics

  • Detail oriented
  • Well organized
  • Effective problem solver with good interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility

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