About our locally owned Ace Hardware Want to be part of the team that is taking on a retail project from the ground up, giving you a chance to shape how things will be done for years to come? Join us at Horizon Ace Hardware as we bring the newest Ace Hardware store in the country to North Fort Myers. Horizon Ace Hardware is family owned and operated store that is part of the Ace Hardware cooperative that has over 5,000 retailers across the world. We aim to provide service, convenience, and quality hard goods to our neighbors in North Fort Myers and the surrounding communities of Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. We live and breathe being Ace Helpful. This means helping our customers is the most important thing we have to do today, whether it is a small weekend project or finding that perfect gift for a loved one. Great people make all this possible. We're looking for individuals who are not only wired to be helpful, but have a healthy dose of positivity and optimism...because that's the kind of place we want to work, and we'll be next to you every day. General Summary The Assistant Manager ensures overall store operations are smooth while helping the Company attain sales, customer service, inventory, and human resources goals. Essential Duties & Responsibilities (include the following, others may be assigned): Customer Service: •Present Horizon Ace Hardware positively in the store and in the community. •Possess product and service knowledge, knowledge of the store layout, and location of products. •Proactively assist customers in solving problems with the right Ace Hardware products and services. •Greet customers entering and throughout the store. Thank customers when they are finished and are leaving the store. •Handle product returns in a manner that satisfies the customer while remaining within Horizon Ace Hardware returns policy. •Demonstrate a friendly and outgoing demeanor; work well with customers as well as peers, subordinates, and store ownership. •Ensure all phone calls, pages, and radio communications are answered promptly, courteously, and effectively. •Handle customer complaints. Work to resolve problems with the customer while taking the store's best interest into consideration. Store Operations: •Ensure a positive, professional and safe work environment for associates and customers. •Work with Store Manager, other Assistant Managers, and Store Owners on all aspects of running the "general store operations" well. •Oversee opening or closing store procedures. •Assist with daily orderliness, cleanliness, and maintenance of the sales floor, equipment, stock room and outdoor merchandise areas. •Oversee all cashiering functions including training, maintenance, audits, and reports. •Ensure that price changes, label updates, product signage changes, and promotional signage updates are completed in a timely manner with accuracy. •Work with Store Manager/Store Owners to develop and publish a store labor model and schedule that is tied to sales projections. •Ensure proper daily time and attendance by staff and inform Store Manager/Store Ownership of inaccuracies. •Periodically run time and attendance reports so that payroll can be run accurately and on time. •Maintain inventory accuracy by cycle counting, 'shooting the holes' and monthly audits. •Communicate issues to the appropriate Store Support Center department with Store Manager/Store Owner •Periodically review security camera footage in Loss Prevention scenarios. •Implement new Standard Operating Procedures into store execution as needed and approved by Store Owners •Manage and direct preventative maintenance and repairs in order to maximize and protect all physical assets (i.e. building, fixtures, and equipment). •Periodically visit competition to be familiar with what they are doing •Perform all other duties as assigned. Inventory and Merchandising •Operate forklift to unload deliveries (after training and certification). •Monitor delivery truck arrival window and inform/update staff to ensure proper delivery acceptance. •Assist receiving to ensure it is completed in a safe, efficient, and accurate way. •Ensure receiving, checking in, and stocking of merchandise adheres to best practices and Standard Operating Procedures. •Ensure accurate reporting to Store Manager/Store Owners of damaged, missing, or inaccurate goods during receiving. •Responsible for maintenance of levels of back stock and top stock. •Ensure that cycle counts and negative on hand reports are completed timely and accurately with guidance from Store Manager/Store Owners. •Ensure that monthly counting audits are completed timely and accurately with guidance from Store Manager/Store Owners. •Assist in ordering and maintaining desirable product inventory at the right levels to ensure in-stocks and store profitability. •Assist in ordering and maintaining special inventory in accordance with Ace national and regional promotional activities. •Perform or assist with merchandise resets throughout the store. •Ensure all signage is current in the store with guidance from Store Manager/Store Owners. •Assist in presenting a clean and orderly sales floor, including end caps, with promotional and incremental merchandising. Sales and Marketing •Work with Store Ownership/Store Manager to plan an execute a comprehensive marketing plan including "Win the Month" and other Ace Marketing plans. •Assist in growing Business to Business (B2B) sales by periodically cold-calling prospects and attending local networking events with Store Owners/Store Managers. •Inform and advocate Ace Rewards membership to customers, measurably driving higher sign-up rates. •Use store social media accounts to periodically post messages that present a positive brand and image to the community. •Plan and coordinate periodic community events such as demo days, cook-outs, and charity events at the store or nearby in the community. •Attend local events and represent Horizon Ace Hardware in a positive and up-lifiting manner. Hiring and Training Associates •Assist in training of all associates in store procedures and best practices. •Actively recruit for Horizon Ace Hardware in the community. •Provide feedback on the selection and advancement of associates that is fair, honest, relevant, and timely. •Assist in hiring, training, scheduling, reviewing, rewarding and coaching associates with the guidance/assistance of Store Owners. Leadership and Growth •Manage all aspects of store operations along with the Store Manager or Store Owners. •Lead by example; be approachable by associates and customers. •Participate in all store meetings (management staff, store and cashier levels). •Communicate any merchandising, cost control or sales ideas to the Store Manager or Store Owners for follow up. •Proactively grow product, retail, and leadership skills by attending mandatory and optional training. •Prepare and challenge yourself for future advancement. Experience Previous retail management experience preferred. Hardware or trades experience preferred. Benefits/Perks •Growth & advancement. •Individual bonus paid out quarterly based on performance, sales & budget targets. •Group bonus based on store targets (Ace Rewards sign-ups, shrink attainment, category resets). •Generous employee discount on merchandise (some restrictions apply). Requirements for the position: •Pass background check •High school diploma or GED equivalent. •Positive attitude and optimism. Can do spirit. •Familiar with basic Windows computer operations. •Possess basic Word and Excel skills. •Possess good organizational skills. •Standing, walking, typing/cash register entry, lifting (up to 50lbs), and climbing.
Notice to Applicant about this Employer: You are applying for a job with an independently owned cooperative member of Ace Hardware Corporation, who operates this Ace Hardware store, not Ace Hardware Corporation. The independent store owner alone is responsible for and independently makes all decisions concerning employment related matters, including hiring, firing, discipline, supervision, staffing and scheduling. Ace Hardware Corporation will not receive a copy of any applications submitted for this position, and will have no control over interviews and/or hiring decisions, does not control and is not responsible for the employment policies and practices of the independent store owner. If hired, the independent store owner will be your only employer. Ace Hardware Corporation is not the employer for this position. The Ace Hardware trademarks, logos and designs are owned by Ace Hardware Corporation and used by independent store owners under a license from Ace Hardware Corporation.