Pros: fast paced environment
Cons: seasonal employment - no benefits
2 Positions within Company - Market Manager and Site Manager
As a Market Manager you are working 7 days a week from prior to opening and until well after closing during the temporary sales season. Prior to the actual opening of your locations you are researching locations for temporary stores, completing permitting, laying out store plans, scheduling – more... store set up and recruiting for staff. The actual phyical opening of the stores required you to build out store in the layout you pre-determined, physically unload your "store in a box" from the semi, process your merchandise, place all your marketing graphics and the merchandise the locations based on company stardards. Once stores are open your on the road daily traveling store to store to check on staffing, merchandisine standards, providing support to GM's, making certain that customer service standards are adhered to and checking inventory levels. At end of season this position required you to inventory every location under your control, pack-up seasonal freight, tear down temporary store location and physically load your "store in a box" back into the semi.
New position that has been created within the company this year is that of a Site Manager - The company is trying to eliminate 2 steps that the Market Manager and GM's had to complete prior to opening locations - Thus having store open for business earlier in the sales season. As a Site Manager we are checking all merchandise for pricing and packaging standard and organizing all freight by department for easier merchandising upon store set-up. My crew unloads each semi of all merchandise (anywhere from 15k to 39k units per semi) checks each piece for correct pricing and packaging, removes from store inventory any damages and then repacks by departement. We also balance out the fixtures and store supplies on each semi to ensure that the stores have the needed equiptment to build out the location.
With both positions the staffing, both my supervisors and my associates have been the most enjoyable part of the job. It is very hard physical work, but we all enjoy the company and completing the job in a timely fashion – less