Retail manager

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Retail managers look after stores, motivate staff to achieve sales targets, organise promotional events and monitor industry trends.

Salary range: £20,000 to £70,000

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How to become a retail manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a company training scheme
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University

You could do a degree before applying to join an organisation’s management training scheme. Most subjects are accepted but you may have an advantage if you study:

  • business retail management
  • retail marketing

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Retail Skills Management
  • Level 4 Diploma in Retail Management

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a retail manager higher apprenticeship or retail leadership degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You may be able to start as a retail sales assistant and work your way up through promotion to supervisor or department manager.

You could also get into this job by switching from a managerial post in a related industry like customer service. You would be given training in retail to build on your existing management experience.