Retail Manager

Job Title: Retail Manager

Locations: Orange County / Los Angeles County / San Diego County / Marin County / Alameda County

Status: Full Time / Exempt

Reporting Relationships:  Regional Management

Work Schedule:  Hours will vary by season. This position will require weekend work.


“Gardening without Guesswork”

Armstrong Garden Centers has been serving California residents for over 125 years. Armstrong is recognized as a leader in the Garden Center Industry for its commitment to providing the best selection, quality, service and horticultural expertise. Armstrong’s sister brand, Pike Nurseries, in the Southeast, makes it the largest independent garden center company in the U.S. with career opportunities and growth from coast to coast. 

Are you driven? Passionate? Willing to Serve? Our comprehensive program includes management and operational training including a horticultural educational program which provides you the seeds of knowledge to be successful with us.


Summary Duties and Responsibilities: 

Responsible for all functions of the profit center, including personnel management, sales, merchandising, nursery cleanliness, gross profits, turn dates, inventory control, and bottom-line profit.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be an expert and brand ambassador for Armstrong Garden Centers
  • Mentor, coach and lead a team of 10-20 members
  • Responsible for sales and service of retail staff
  • Personnel management, which includes scheduling, training, problem solving and motivation
  • Assist with accounting paperwork, financials and operations
  • Involved in all store purchasing, ordering, receiving and maintenance of the store's inventory, ensuring top quality and low cost pricing
  • Responsible for all inventory, including maintenance, selection, shrinkage and turn rate
  • Visual merchandising; responsible for the garden center’s appearance, which includes merchandising display work and general housekeeping
  • Run morning personnel meetings which involve ad promotions, sales talks and safety
  • Ensure store operations run within the guidelines of Policy and Procedure Handle customer conflicts
  • Customer service and sales -- lead by example. Able to connect with customers and provide expert knowledge of our products
  • Work with associates in their areas of responsibility
  • Manage all store operations: POS, scheduling, budgets, and key performance indicators
  • Follow safe work practices and reporting any unsafe working conditions to management and HR
  • Formulate daily goals to accomplish
  • Attend manager meetings


Education, Prior Work Experience and Specialized Skills and Knowledge:

Previous management experience in a retail environment with nursery experience preferred. Must be a California Certified Nursery Professional with a strong background in plant knowledge; leadership skills; motivational skills, positive, outgoing individual; strong business background, ability to communicate, follow through and complete tasks. Our management team maintains their California Certified Nursery Professional certificates. 


Compensation – We have great benefits! (Benefits available to full-time associates)

  • Major medical, dental, and group benefits
  • Paid holidays and paid vacation
  • Participation in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • 401K
  • Salary will commensurate with experience


Physical Environment/Working Conditions- Safety First!

Requires extensive use of back, legs, knees, arms, feet and hands for lifting, stooping, squatting, bending, twisting, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead, and walking.  Unassisted lifting limits between 30 and 50 lbs.  Individuals may be required to do any or all of these situations throughout the work day, with an emphasis on walking and standing for a major portion of the day.  The outside environment will comprise most of the day with some inside building activity.


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