Manager of Operations, Kohler Stores
Kohler Co.

Kohler, Wisconsin


Manager of Operations, Kohler Stores 

Work Mode: Hybrid

Location:  Kohler, WI

Opportunity

Kohler Consumer Channels is an independent business unit and strategic driver for the continued growth of Kohler Company, a global enterprise. The Consumer Channels division consists of direct-to-consumer businesses that include Kohler.com, Kohler Signature Stores and Kohler Experience Centers, and Dealer-Direct (Kohler Walk-In Bath and Kohler Showers). Additional teams within the division include Customer Service, Digital Experience & Capabilities, eCommerce Operations, Consumer Marketing, and Merchandising. Each of these teams will serve as partners to this role.

Under limited supervision and reporting to the Director / Head of Stores, the Manager - Operations, Kohler Stores is responsible for business model development, growth, and execution for our North American portfolio of Kohler Signature Stores and Kohler Experience Centers. This leader will define how we evolve our KSS/KEC businesses to be the best customer and trade business in our industry and beyond, piloting new formats and services in addition to optimizing existing operations. This role will oversee store operations, which includes store programs, visual merchandising, distributor relationships & management, marketing & advertising activities, process & systems management, forecasting, reporting & financial performance, and inventory allocation. Additionally, this role will work in close partnership with distributors and regional sales managers to ensure that store needs are appropriately met. 

Primary Objectives

  • In partnership with leadership, update and implement store strategy.
  • Define and support execution of our next generation of customer experience.
  • Create/update, effectively communicate, and support Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Define, deliver, and manage analytics and KPIs that support the ongoing operations and growth of stores.
  • Provide the tools to measure established KPIs to facilitate management decisions.
  • Manage operational expense budget, identifying and managing key drivers for the business.
  • Work with KSSs/KECs to ensure.
  • Define training strategy to support sales, margin, and customer satisfaction goals, ensuring execution of the strategy.
  • Identify and build out innovative store program pilots for services, education, visual representation, etc.
  • Oversee the continuous improvement of store programs and processes.
  • Serve as a key leader with dealers and/or distributors to ensure store and relationship needs are met.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Ensure development of programs are in place to grow skills and bench strength of existing Kohler Stores.
  • Develop methodology for business analytics and key performance business indicators.
  • Direct and drive improvement in the back-end operational activities that drive sales and associate engagement, including the following programs:
    • BOLD Rewards systems platform and other training materials
    • Secret shops and other source metrics
    • Seasonal display offers and installations
    • Merchandising website for a la carte display orders
    • Ongoing maintenance of stores and displayed product inventories
    • Literature fulfillment and other sales tools
    • Investment incentives and other financial tools
    • Display fixture development
    • Visual implementation
  • Manage associated budgets of the aforementioned programs and systems.
  • Direct the implementation of systems that include the POS system, inventory maintenance data base and others with distribution, third party vendor, and Corporate IT.
  • Oversee the POS roll-out including the development of an operations manual and reporting tied to the key business indicators.
  • Benchmark best-in-class retailers to implement digital tools for the purposes of assisting the conversion to purchase such as the Store Navigator, and others.
  • In collaboration with Kohler Communications and Digital Marketing drive the omni-channel experience in brick & mortar stores.
  • Provide budget analysis for the Kohler Signature Stores & Experience Centers and help implement annual and long-term marketing programs.
  • Drive growth and positioning of Kohler and other Kohler brands in Kohler Signatures Stores & Experience Centers.
  • Partner with Visual Merchandiser to establish and update the visual experience for Kohler Signature Stores & Experience Centers.
  • Oversee the services rendered by Stores including design services and the preferred installer program.
  • Monitor the success, impact, and contribution of all programs, and communicate this information to management on a timely basis.
  • Partner with Market Research to perform trend research, provide analysis of sales records, determine market potential, identify consumer needs, etc.
  • Ensure standard operational procedures are maintained and appended based on new or altered processes.

Skills/Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in business marketing or related field.
  • 8 years operations experience in a retail company with progressively more responsibility and a proven track record of successful results.
  • 1 year of P&L, strategic planning and/or budgeting experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, think creatively, innovate and plan with attention to detail and accuracy.
  •  Travel: expected travel mayreach 20-25%.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates' development to make that happen.  So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual's personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.  

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities.  We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at www.kohlercompany.com.

It is Kohler's policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status.  If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact kohlerjobs@kohler.com.  Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  

We invite you to learn more about equal employment opportunity by reviewing the Federal EEO is the Law and the EEO is the Law Supplement .


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