General Manager – FAO Schwarz

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Job Status: Closed
Job Title: General Manager – FAO Schwarz
Location: New York City, NY
Relocation: Relocation package to be negotiated
Industry: FAO Schwarz, the most iconic toy store in the world!
Channel: Retail
Reporting to: Head of Global Retail
Reports: 4 direct reports (Flagship Store Manager, Human Resources Manager, Loss Prevention Manager, and Experiences Manager)
Languages: English
Salary Range (USD): High base and strong incentive
Visa: No sponsorship available
Job ID: JO-1907-733

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Job Description

Our Client

Our client for this General Manager role is FAO Schwarz, the most iconic toy store in the world!

Objective

The Retail General Manager is responsible for leading the overall strategy and operations of the flagship store. The Retail General Manager creates a diverse and inclusive culture for both store team and customers alike. This role will involve building strong relationships both internally and externally as well as being a dynamic spokesperson for the brand. The Retail General Manager delivers success by developing a flagship team that delivers world-class customer service, strives for excellence, creates a world of wonderment, and evangelizes the brand, products, and experiences. As the Retail General Manager, you will enjoy building strong teams, developing individuals, and delivering results and impact. This position will be responsible for the entire Flagship Store team and will have 4 direct reports including the Flagship Store Manager, Human Resources Manager, Loss Prevention Manager, and Experiences Manager. The Retail General Manager will also work closely with the Corporate Head of Human Resources to plan, organize and manage all aspects of the Retail HR and Payroll functions including recruiting, employee engagement, training and development and employee relations. The Retail General Manager will work a rotating, full-time schedule including days, nights, rotating weekends, and one overnight per month.

Ideal Profile

We are not necessarily looking for a classic Retail Manager. We are very interested in a very strategic retail executive who could come from Travel Retail / Duty Free, Cruise Ships, Amusement Park, or Department Stores.

Job Description

Store Operations
  • Lead the overall strategy and operations of the flagship store, ensuring that the entire business is running productively and professionally.
  • Identify, plan, manage, implement, and evaluate cross-functional business improvement projects relating to retail systems, processes, and procedures.
  • Be key in producing materials and processes to support our flagship store and global expansion.
  • Develop a store P&L, store staffing plans, team onboarding and training plans, and store role development.
  • Work closely with the Director of Operations, the Corporate Head of Retail.
Customer Experience
  • Ensure a world-class omnichannel shopping experience for all customers. Our physical and eCommerce stores are the public face of the brand, where everyone can directly experience all that is possible with us.
  • Establish the highest level of customer experience by setting expectations of excellence in the execution of store standards, product demonstrations, personal shopping, marketing and events, community partnerships, exclusive flagship experiences, and a profound knowledge of our products and the brand.
Logistics
  • Ensure that both incoming and outgoing product to/from our 3rd party Logistics  (3PL) facility in New Jersey is well organized and productively staged in our stockroom and on the sales floor in NYC.
  • Work closely with our (3PL) provider on accurate daily replenishment to our physical store, including both day and overnight deliveries.
  • Support seamless deliveries to our omnichannel customers, whether they buy in our physical store, online, or we courier their product to their hotel from the store.
  • Develop a strong relationship with our Corporate logistics partners, 3PL partners, and our outsourced Call Center.
Sales
  • Actively drive omnichannel sales in all areas of the business, working with the Retail General Manager and Managers to build and grow effective teams that are maximizing results.
  • Ensure that everyone on the team is consistently delivering a world-class experience through entertaining product demonstrations, engaging customer interactions, professional personal shopping, and ever-evolving experiences.
  • Collaborate with the Retail General Manager to initiate and lead business change efforts to achieve maximize desired revenue and payroll results.

Requirements

  • Excellent collaboration, communication, time management, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Flagship Store Management experience with a high attention to detail, or strong strategic experience of retail..
  • Strong computer skills including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • The ability to create a retail store P&L
  • Experience with retail POS Systems and operations
  • Bachelor’s or master’s Degree in business, retail management or related and equivalent experience recommended
  • At least 5+ years of strong retail leadership experience in a high profile, big-box, or multi-unit setting
  • Proven ability to lead and remain positive, resilient, adaptable, and succeed in a fast paced, public facing retail environment
  • Capable of lifting up to 25 pounds, bending and twisting and standing for long periods of time
  • Appreciated previous experience: Travel Retail, Cruise ship retail, Amusement park, Department Stores…
  • Appreciated previous titles: Store Director, Head of Retail, VP of Retail, Director of Stores, VP of Retail Operations, Regional Director, Director of Retail Operations, Regional Retail Director, District Manager.