Job description for Visual Merchandising Section Managers

Section Manager - Visual Merchandising


Shift: General

Hours: More than 30 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Salary & Benefits: £23,000 - £32,000 inside London and £21,275 to £30,000 outside London. Salary dependent on location and experience + 20% staff discount + bonus* + alternate weekend working

About the role

Whether you're taking charge of a section in a larger store or several sections across a region, you'll oversee our visual propositions and ensure they have an impact. This means bringing a mix of creative flair and commercial nous to your work; devising displays that wow our customers into buying. Showcasing our products, your focus will be on drawing attention and capturing imaginations. It's how you’ll get your stylist teams to think too, inspiring them with up-to-the-minute knowledge of what’s hot on the high street and beyond. But mostly because, as department manager, you’re adding to our reputation for quality and innovation that led to us being named Which? Supermarket of the Year 2017.

Of course, a big part of this is knowing what our competitors are up to, but what matters more than anything is how you interpret trends for the M&S customer. A lot of your success will be down to how you communicate store-level strategy and manage your team of up to 10 people.

About you

Visual Section Managers are not made overnight. That’s why we’ll be looking for a strong track record in a similar role. You’ll also need that all-important creative spark that will get your displays noticed by precisely the right customers.

This role is suited to candidates who have managed visual merchandising in a small store or a section within a large store. If you have direct line management experience in Visual Merchandising, you may be better suited to either the Visual Store Manager or Regional Visual Store Manager roles.

About the application process

Initially, you’ll be required to complete an online application. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you in for a face-to-face assessment. The face-to-face assessment will involve an interview with a line manager and visual exercises that include a window dressing critique and dressing a mannequin.

To search for a vacancy, please use the link below. If there are no vacancies that match your criteria, please select the ‘Join our Talentbank’ link on the job search page. This registration link will enable you to complete your application and then, if successful, be notified by email when a suitable assessment is available for you to book into.

Ready to apply?

We have a diverse range of employees and are committed to an active Equal Opportunities Policy which starts with our recruitment and selection process.

If you consider yourself to have a disability or learning difficulty which means you are unable to complete the application process online, please get in touch either by phone on 0845 300 3725 or by email recruitment.online@marksandspencer.com so we can make alternative arrangements for you.


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