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Sports Manager Job Description

Sporting Goods Department Manager

The General Store & Ace Hardware – North Division

General Summary

The Sporting Goods Manager is responsible for ensuring superior customer service in their department. They must develop associates at all levels, drive sales and profitability, and maintain effective expense and payroll budget management. They will also ensure compliance with effective inventory management and merchandising practices and all store policies and procedures.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

· Customer Service

o Provide positive representation of store.

o Proactively assist customers in solving problems.

o Greet customers entering and throughout the store / department. Thank customers when finished and when they are leaving the store / department.

o Provide a friendly, outgoing demeanor; work well with customers as well as associates.

o Ensure all calls and pages are answered promptly, courteously and effectively.

o Handle customer complaints. Work to resolve problems with the customer and have store’s best interest taken into consideration.

o Possess excellent product knowledge and knowledge of store layout and location of products.

· Store Operations

o Ensure a positive, professional and safe work environment for all associates.

o Supervise the “general operations” of the sporting goods department.

o Responsible for ordering and maintaining desirable product and inventory levels to ensure store profitability in compliance with corporate objectives.

o Ensure compliance with all best practices, policies and procedures necessary to manage inventory shrink. Monitor shrink numbers and take corrective actions.

o Manage and direct preventative maintenance and repairs in order to maximize and protect all physical assets (i.e., building, fixtures and equipment).

o Ensure receiving, checking in, stocking of merchandise for the store is being done completely and in a timely manner.

o Responsible for maintenance of back stock levels.

o Oversee and assist with the daily maintenance, orderliness and cleanliness of the sales floor, stock room and outdoor merchandise areas.

o Provide assistance in the overall general maintenance of the store.

o Ensure weekly price changes are being completed.

o Ensure monthly cycle counts and negative on hand reports are being completed.

o Ensure daily, weekly, and monthly Mango’s and Compass reports are being completed on time.

o Ensure signage is current for all sporting goods merchandise.

o Provide a clean and orderly sales floor, including end caps and ad goods merchandised.

o Ensure special orders and rain-checks are being completed properly.

o Ensure ad signage and products are ready for the customers.

· Store Support Operations

o Responsible for the implementation or assistance of Store Support programs.

o Attend trade shows and seminars with company guidance.

o Attend weekly meetings at The General Store

o Responsible for successful Loss Prevention, Safety and Internal Audits.

o Assist with special projects within the district as set forth by the General Manager / Owner.

· Hiring and Training of Associates

o Conduct monthly one-on-one meetings with each employee.

o Ensure effective training and development of all associates.

o Recruit prospective associates for possible management positions throughout store.

o Manage and support the hiring, scheduling, reviewing, rewarding and coaching of all store associates including management.

o Actively recruit and promote the advancement of store associates.

· Leadership

o Challenge all associates to think of ways to better merchandise product, control expenses and increase sales.

o Lead by example; be approachable by all associates and customers.

o Other Essential Requirements

· Education/Training

o High School or GED equivalent required; degree preferred. Completion of NHRA Advanced Course in Hardware Retailing recommended.

· Experience

o Must have previous retail management experience. Hardware experience preferred.

· Physical Demands

o Standing, walking, lifting (up to 50 lbs.) and climbing.

Other duties as assigned by the leadership team.


Locally Owned Since 1946

The General Store has been around since 1946. What was once a small surplus store is now the best department store in Spokane, WA, and it is still locally owned by the same family. In addition to being an ACE Hardware store, The General Store has an amazing Clothing department with top brands, an Automotive department that has a full line of custom and replacement parts for imports and domestics vehicles, a Sporting Goods department with a huge section of products for fishing, hunting, and all outdoor activities, and the largest Toy department in Eastern Washington.

In 2012, our 2nd store on N. Argonne Rd. was added which consists of a full-size Ace Hardware store, sporting goods, marine and RV, and one of the best fishing departments in the area.

October 2022, our new Liberty Lake store will be opening which will consist of a full-size Ace Hardware store, marine and RV supplies, fishing tackle, and a small sporting goods department to compliment the activities of the local community.

Job Overview

Here at The General Store, we are hiring a Sporting Goods Manager to join our growing team. If you are a passionate self-starter, The General Store is a perfect place to grow your career. Apply Now!

Job Type

Full-time salaried (45 hours min. / week) with open availability to work all shifts any day of the week. Aflac is offered on the 1st of the month after completing 60 days. Medical, Dental, and Vision are offered after 90 days of employment effective the following month. 401k after one year of employment and has a company match of 100% up to 3% contribution rate, and a 50% match up to 5%. Employee discount at 25% above cost after 1st week. Pay: $22 / Hr at 45 hours per week, which will include 5 hours of over-time.