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Hours:

Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm EST

First Mate (Assistant Manager)


Department: Retail
Reports To: Captain (Store Manager)

Overview: Responsible for supporting the Captain to build, guide and support the store to bring “Every Day Should Feel This Good” to customers while growing sales and profitability.

Functions & Responsibilities:
Generate Sales:
· Supports store to meet and exceed store financial goals
· Measures and develops crew performance goals to increase profitability
· Actively looks for opportunities to drive additional sales and traffic
· Aware of market competitor activities
· Sources and supports In-Store and Brown House driven events
· Supports and Communicates VVR Brown House initiatives

Customer Experience:
· Personally exemplifies Shep and Ian’s vision of “ Every Day Should Feel This Good” to our customers through “Hosting the Party”
· Develops customers into repeat shoppers though information gathering, customer follow-up and email capture
· Educates crew and customers regarding product information and brand initiatives
· Ensures store practices and procedures support a positive customer experience (holds and store specific services)
· Collects and encourages crew to solicit customer feedback to better product and store environment

Crew Development:
· Maintains welcoming fun, engaging, energetic yet professional store environments that adhere to all HR policies and laws
· Creates schedules to support an engaging customer service environment
· Develops and educates crew members
· Creates and supports manager and crew meetings and team building exercises
· Recognizes and rewards crew performance
· Builds an environment that fosters open and respectful communication with crew and Corporate partners
· Maintains brand appropriate talent pool to fill open positions in a timely manner by proactive recruitment and networking
· Assists Captain(Store Manager) in conducting regularly scheduled interviews to identify and hire on the best talent for stores

Operations:
· Supports store compliance with operational standards, expectations and federal law
· Supports crew in planning and executing direction in a timely manner
· Evaluates store operations for opportunities to enhance efficiency, productivity and profitability
· Maintains efficient merchandise controls
· Develops loss prevention awareness among all crew members
· Supports Store to consistently meet payroll expectations
· Exercises prudence regarding personal/team expenses and supply management

Merchandising:
· Supports store merchandising to reflect current compass, brand initiatives and local customer needs
· Actively looks for replenishment opportunities through restocking and Home Office partnership
· Audits store cleanliness, folding and visual standards
· Supports management team to make merchandise moves based on sell-through and customer feedback to drive business

Requirements:
· 9+ months as Assistant Manager in similar volume, type business
· One to two years retail experience
· Strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills
· Ability to plan, manage time, and make decisions in a fast-paced environment
· Proven success in Staff development and mentorship
· Competition and industry awareness
· Commitment to career growth of self and others
· Team focused, Confident, and professional
· Smart, intelligent, fun, goal orientated, and driven by Integrity
· Strong verbal and written skills
· Ability to perform effective selling techniques to achieve sale and repeat business
· Excellent retail business acumen including selling skills, visual presentation, and sales analysis
· Ability to work a flexible schedule including holidays, overnights, weekends
· Ability to actively supervise the sales floor
· A passion for making people happy
· Belief in leading by example and likewise, exude a leadership as service mentality
· Excited to recruit, train, motivate and inspire as a large piece of your day-to-day responsibilities to your team
· Excellent organizational skills
· Accuracy and attention to detail
· Ability to effectively receive and communicate feedback
· Proactive and experienced in networking
· Passion for the vineyard vines brand

Open Locations:
Greenwich, CT
Westport, CT
New Canaan, CT
Dedham, MA
Easton, OH
Georgetown, VA
Tiburon, CA
Woodlands, TX
Deer Park, NY
NEW STORE OPENING! Chicago, IL
NEW STORE OPENING! Dallas, TX
Manhasset, New York
East Hampton, New York
Southampton, New York
NEW STORE OPENING! Kansas City, MO
NEW STORE OPENING! Bethesda, MD
NEW STORE OPENING! Sandestin, FL

Do you have retail management experience? Are you a people person? If you answered "yes" to these questions and are interested in working in a dynamic retail environment we'd love to hear from you! Please submit your application here.