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How to be a regional controller

This week Gemma Wood, operations director at recruitment consultancy CVUK, tells you how to work your way up to become a regional controller at a fashion brand or retailer.

“The majority of regional managers have worked their way up through the ranks from store management roles. You need to have shown clear career progression and it’s really helpful if while you have been a store manager you have taken on extra responsibilities such as supporting your area manager, collating figures, or helping with recruitment for the area. 

After progressing to area manager and successfully managing a large area and turnover, the next step would be a regional manager or controller position, where you would have a team of area managers reporting into you.

Successful regional managers have great people management skills, coupled with a high level of commerciality. This role is very much a strategic one, but does require you to be hands on at the same time.

Prospective employers will look for solid progression in well-known brands along with a proven track record of success in terms of figures, new initiatives and staff development. The role will be a mixture of both being in the field and at head office.

Salaries can be in the region of £65,000 to £80,000.”


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