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Retail is a big business, and a graduate career in retail management can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Retail graduate management schemes are an excellent way to fast-track your career to store management.
The retail business is all about the customer and the best retail managers will be able to create as well as recognise consumer needs. Graduates wanting to land a job on a retail management scheme will need to demonstrate the ability to deal with customers patiently and efficiently, as well as manage teams internally to ensure excellent customer service. Whilst customer service is paramount, retail managers have to work to sales targets so their job will be high pressure.
Competition is fierce for retail graduate schemes but extremely rewarding for those graduates that want a fast paced role, with direct contact with customers.
Graduates in a retail management job will ensure excellent customer service whilst maximising profit, so typical duties will include managing stock levels, recording sales figures and forecasting future performance, motivating staff and KPI setting, organising promotions, and dealing regularly with customers.