Area Managers – There has been a strong demand for Area Managers in the fashion space. Candidates with multi-site experience are particularly valuable, especially those who have handled high volumes of products.
National Operations Managers – We have seen some movement at the senior end of the retail market. This has been a result of international retailers establishing in Sydney and also some companies re-structuring at their senior management.
Store Managers – There has not been much movement at the Store Manager level as retailers have focused on retention at this level. This had led to a demand for high quality, versatile Store Managers.
Senior Merchandise Planners – There has been an increased demand for Senior Planners who can take ownership of the planning function. This is a result of many retailers streamlining the planning function in an attempt to cut costs.
Candidate levels have dropped noticeably at the Store Manager level, and it has become challenging to source these professionals. However, Area Managers are currently more accessible in the market.