Area Manager - Secondment

Location London
Job ref: 087315
Published: 21 days ago

We are the trusted decorating and DIY retail brand in London, selling paint, tools, plumbing, electrical & woodwork materials throughout our 34 stores. 


We are small and growing business and on an exciting journey in which we have an opportunity for a retail and sales focussed Area Manager. This role is ideally suited for someone who is resilient, can see and share the vision of our growth plans and also cut through making things happen by leading through constant change and where things don’t always run in a straight line.  This is definitely a role for someone who is ambitious and is confident enough to get stuck in. 


Let’s paint the picture for you! 


The Area Manager role in Leyland SDM will be accountable for driving the performance and results in our London based stores, working with management teams focusing on delivering the goals and objectives of the business while putting colleagues and customers at the centre of achieving this. You’ll report to the Head of Retail and will focus on developing our culture and strategies to grow and make us an even better place to work for colleagues and for our customers to shop with us, through supporting, leading and landing key projects in the business. 

  • Work with Store Managers to build an understanding of store performance, identify any issues and support the Store Manager in developing and evolving Store plans to achieve and exceed Sales and Profitability budgets.  
  • Implement, monitor, coach and empower Store Managers to ensure compliance in key areas; Health & Safety, Stock Management, Team Reviews, Merchandising 
  • Monitor compliance checks across multiple stores through our operational systems, analysing data and trends to make commercial decisions about store plans, building this into the store visits. 
  • Work with the Area Stock Controller to monitor and manage stock loss/shrinkage across the area. 
  • Train, coach and empower teams, to create a self-sustaining and committed store population, who feel personally valued and motivated and aligned to our Vision & Values 
  • Review and challenge all aspects of current store operations, to identify opportunities and put forward recommendations for improvement, thereby ensuring the continual development of the business. 
  • Land and communicate key initiatives in the business to the area and/or business as a whole, involving others for development opportunities. 
  • Develop relationships with departments within the business to identify improvements and ways of working. 

What key skills and experiences are we looking for? 

  • Strong track record of having a commercial focus of delivering excellent financial results against budget with strong financial acumen. 
  • Passionate to engage with your colleagues at all levels with a track record of developing people and teams so will need to have excellent communications skills. 
  • Previous experience at driving excellent operational standards. 
  • You will have experience of working in a challenging, fast paced, customer focussed, multi-site environment, ideally DIY retail but this is not essential. 
  • Be fully conversant with IT Skills, particularly Microsoft Office 365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Teams) 


How will we reward you? 


On top of attractive base pay we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer: 

  • Generous bonus opportunity 
  • 33 days holiday a year 
  • Up to 20% discount in Leyland SDM, plus discount across other Grafton Group brands 
  • Pension with competitive contributions 
  • Share saving scheme into our parent company, the Grafton Group 
  • Company sick pay 
  • Health Cash plan – Claim money back on everyday healthcare treatments 
  • Life assurance 
  • 100’s of retail discounts available through our flexible benefits portal