Retail Management Trainee

Work State US-CA-Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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Regular Full-Time
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The Retail Manager in Training (RMT) is responsible for representing Acosta, our clients and our customers through retail resets, remodels and project work to achieve superior in-store results in assigned territories or stores. RMT associates will be provided training, hands-on experience and executive mentorship to step into a leadership role within 8 months.
The Retail Manager in Training candidate must have the aptitude, attitude and willingness to advance in the organization.  The ideal candidate is a self-starter, quick learner and has a strong attention to detail.  He/she must possess excellent organizational skills, strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships with business partners.
The incumbent(s) in this position should exhibit the following Acosta values:
People Minded – Must show dignity and respect to all people
Integrity – Must exemplify the highest degree of ethical behavior
Results Oriented – Must show passion, pride and commitment to succeed
Trust – Must be honest, sincere and confident
Teamwork – Must build trusting relationships
Innovation – Must progress through a combination of creativity, common sense and vision
Balance – Must maintain an optimistic attitude and keep perspective on what is important in life.


Essential Functions:
1. Develop a strong understanding of Acosta’s business model, Client and Customer details and expectations, and the specific details of the reset, remodel and project work processes.
2. Perform duties such as maintaining store shelf standards and inventory, installing new racks and shelves, rotation of products, displaying merchandise properly, placing shelf strips and attaching tags properly, checking date codes and plan-o-gram integrity, and processing packouts, restocks and reorders as necessary.
3. Partner with store personnel, co-workers and supervisor to achieve and maintain merchandising excellence, discuss changes and build an effective working relationship.
4. Assist leadership and management team in assigned geographic market with interviewing and hiring candidates, onboarding and training new associates, managing performance and career development and managing conflict and personnel issues.
5. Assist management team by managing assigned project work to completion, on time, and with high quality results. Review project details to verify schedule is accurate and achievable, and supporting documentation is current and correct. Assign project work to IMPACT Retail Service Merchandisers/Lead Merchandisers and ensure that all jobs have the appropriate level of support. Monitor progress and audit project work. Answer questions, solve problems, resolve personnel issues, and adjust resources as needed. Ensure the delivery of all materials, supplies and equipment necessary for assigned project work.
6. Partner with supervisor to direct and manage reset and remodel work in market to completion, on time, and with high quality results, and ensure Client and Customer expectations are being met. Partner with Retail Services Business Center to initiate new project requests. Manage retail billing for Customer mandates.
7. Effectively and accurately work with web based applications to develop and initiate reset and remodel work, develop and distribute set work documentation and information, maintain Mandate Senior Area Manager/Area Manager profiles and assign reset and remodel work, monitor progress and status of reset and remodel work, record and manage work mileage, work expenses, and work time and attendance, and complete and manage training activities. Utilize and fully understand Acosta’s retail reports and reporting systems.
8. Effectively and accurately work with web-based applications to receive notification of work projects, assign work, monitor progress and status of work, record and manage work mileage, work expenses, and work time and attendance, and complete and manage training activities. Utilize and fully understand the company’s retail reports and reporting systems.
9. Effectively and accurately prepare, process, submit, and manage documentation related to assigned work.
10. Perform job safely by demonstrating full awareness of surroundings. Utilize proper safety techniques and equipment use when necessary. Be proactive in alerting management to any unsafe act or condition to prevent injuries.
11. Meeting the physical requirements – listed below
12. Other duties as assigned


Education Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree preferred
Work Experience Requirements:
• Minimum High School Degree plus a minimum of 2 years work experience at Acosta
• Must be in good standing with current position in the organization
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements:
• Must possess strong interpersonal, organizational, decision making and leadership skills.
• Ability to provide example(s) of leadership in projects or through work experiences and speak to their specific part as a leader.
• Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Must be assertive, decisive, creative, and have a sense of urgency.
• Must have demonstrated analytical and team leadership abilities.
• Must be able to work effectively in web-based applications and email, word processing, and spreadsheet applications. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive in a car for extended periods of time.
• Must be willing travel up to 50% and ability to relocate for future opportunities.


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