A retail manager is responsible for running a retail store, or a department within a big store, and for making maximum sales profits.
You could be:
meeting sales targets
analysing sales figures and forecasting future sales
managing budgets and controlling how money is spent
keeping up to date with market trends and competitors
ordering new stock and planning how to display and promote special offers
responsible for work rotas and managing staff; supervising, motivating and disciplining
interviewing, recruiting and training new staff
dealing with problems such as customers’ complaints
making sure that all health and safety, security and legal procedures are carried out.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Salaries for retail managers can start around £19,000, rising to £30,000 a year with experience. In many posts, retail managers can earn bonuses over and above the basic salary, with some senior managers earning £40,000 a year or more.
You will work in an office and on the shop floor.
You spend a lot of time on the sales floor, supervising staff.
You work long hours, including evenings and weekends. Some supermarkets open 24 hours a day.
You will be on your feet most of the day and might have to help lift heavy things.
Some companies might want you to work in other areas of the country.
You may wear a uniform.
Apply directly to companies for entry to trainee manager schemes. Most large retailers offer these.
You usually need a HNC (SCQF Level 7), HND (SCQF Level 8) or degree (SCQF Level 9-10) in any subject. You might have a better chance with a qualification in business or retail management.
To get on to a degree course, you need 4-5 Highers.
Part time shop work can give you useful experience.
If you work as a retail assistant and study part time for SVQs at SCQF Level 5 or for an HNC, you might gain promotion into management.