Department Manager (Section Manager) Visual Merchandising - London Colney
About the role
Whether you're taking charge of a section in a larger store or several sections across a region, you'll oversee our visual propositions and ensure they have an impact. This means bringing a mix of creative flair and commercial nous to your work; devising displays that wow our customers into buying. Showcasing our products, your focus will be on drawing attention and capturing imaginations. It's how you’ll get your stylist teams to think too, inspiring them with up-to-the-minute knowledge of what’s hot on the high street and beyond. But mostly because, as department manager, you’re adding to our reputation for quality and innovation that led to us being named Which? Supermarket of the Year 2017.
Of course, a big part of this is knowing what our competitors are up to, but what matters more than anything is how you interpret trends for the M&S customer. A lot of your success will be down to how you communicate store-level strategy and manage your team of up to 10 people.
Visual Section Managers are not made overnight. That’s why we’ll be looking for a strong track record in a similar role. You’ll also need that all-important creative spark that will get your displays noticed by precisely the right customers.
This role is suited to candidates who have managed visual merchandising in a small store or a section within a large store. If you have direct line management experience in Visual Merchandising, you may be better suited to either the Visual Store Manager or Regional Visual Store Manager roles.
About the application process
You’ll initially complete an online application form and then take part in a short video interview. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you in for a group or 1:1 assessment. The assessment will involve an interview with a line manager and visual exercises that include a window dressing critique and dressing a mannequin.
If you would like to find out more about Section Manager roles at M&S before you apply, including the benefits and training available, please go to http://careers.marksandspencer.com/careers-at-m-and-s/in-store/section-manager
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