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How to be a head of retail

This week Emma Ramsden, managing consultant at Success Appointments, tells you how to work towards becoming a head of retail.

“You will find a great majority of head of retail candidates have started off their career on the retail shop floor. Many will have been to college and university and gained a fashion related or business management degree.

As with a lot of roles on the job training is key, and many will progress from sales assistant to a retail manager level, and then move on to an area manager role. Once they have been promoted through these roles they can then be recognised as head of retail calibre.

Inspirational leadership is key and it is essential that they have the passion and enthusiasm to lead their teams by example. They will need to have excellent interpersonal communication skills, be an active listener and have strong influencing abilities.

Employers look for leaders who can work in fast moving and changing environments.
In a head of retail role candidates can expect varied and challenging days with huge rewards, maximising sales and profits for their retail business.

Salaries are varied depending on the size and type of business; a typical head of retail can expect to be paid anything from £60,000 to £100,000 + benefits.”

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