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Space Planning Manager

Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted May 6, 2022.

Help us boldly shape retail in Canada

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (“CTC”) is one of Canada’s most admired and trusted companies. With world-class Owned Brands and exciting market-leading merchandising strategies, we are continually innovating with purpose: to be there for Canadians from coast-to-coast. We are relentlessly focused on innovating at every level of our business, investing in new technologies and products, and doubling down on the best talent to drive the company forward. It is an especially exciting time to join Canadian Tire and its group of companies.

Interested in being a part of a team that is leading the evolution of retail in Canada?

Embracing and driving change is critical to our success. The complexity and rate at which the retail industry is transforming has increased exponentially in recent years and we are committed to being a leader in the industry. As such we are relentlessly focused on innovating at every level of our business, investing in new technologies and products, and doubling down on the best talent to drive the company forward. The Space Planning Manager position is categorized as a Connector, which means that the incumbent will be working with a variety of colleagues and partners to achieve business outcomes that require a mixed use of virtual and CTC campus presence.

What you’ll do

We are looking for a leader who will drive sustainable improvement to the productivity of our in-store space, by delivering high return, easy to execute planograms to increase the sales and profitability of our in-store space and raising the bar on our in-store merchandising solutions. The primary focus of this role to is to enable improved store execution and activation resulting in sales and margin increases while improving the overall in-store customer experience. You will lead a team of Space Planning Specialists to deliver timely, accurate and visually appealing planograms and out of department visual presentation programs. As a people leader, you are committed to developing your team members through communicating clear objectives and providing ongoing coaching and development opportunities.

Key deliverables include:

  • Lead the ongoing and effective utilization of space in-store, in support of merchandising strategic priorities, store, market and customer insights.
  • Create retail floor plans that accurately translate Line of Business priorities with factual space allocation and planogram placement.
  • Drive sales and margin planogram productivity across the organization to ensure linear resources are appropriately allocated and optimized.
  • Manage a team of Space Planning Specialists to deliver timely, accurate and visually appealing planograms and out of department visual presentation programs supporting new Concept stores and Private Label Brands.
  • Leverage various internal groups and committees such as Physical Store to obtain feedback on programs including conducting post mortems with the Category teams.
  • Ensure Retail City CTR lab store is well merchandised and kept up to date with our latest assortments.
  • Sign-off on all planograms to ensure all financial and operational metrics, as well as visual merchandising standards are met.

Who you are

We are looking for high performing individuals who are:

  • Agile and innovative individuals, who are able to manage in an environment of change and ambiguity to help us take bold and strategic moves in this rapidly evolving retail environment
  • Creative thinkers who take initiative and are capable of building, launching and managing projects/programs that drive results for our customers
  • Problem solvers with the ability to analyze and prioritize to meet business objectives
  • Collaborative team players with superior influencing skills, who build relationships easily across various stakeholder groups to move initiatives forward

What you bring

To be successful in this role you must have a proven leadership track record of team development, communication skills, ability to multi-task and exceed in a highly results-focused environment. You will bring in-depth knowledge and experience in developing innovative Retail Merchandising and Visual Presentation programs. You have strong analytical skills and the ability to translate data into actionable plans. Our best Space Planning Mangers have superior organization, communication and interpersonal skills. The business is also looking for someone who has:

  • Post-secondary university education in Business Administration, Retail Management or similar
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership role
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive retail merchandising experience
  • Knowledge of Canadian Tire Merchandising philosophies, best practices and store environments are an asset
  • Working knowledge of retail space management practices and technology, and experience working with the JDA suite of technology is preferred

About Canadian Tire Corporation

As one of the most trusted brands in Canada, our employees take pride in the work we do across the country. It’s more than the iconic triangle that keeps our employees around. From benefits and perks, to learning and development opportunities, to our commitment to Jumpstart – these are some of the many reasons why Canadian Tire Corporation is one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. To learn more follow us on LinkedIn.

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Canadian Tire is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace for all. We recognize that our future success depends on the perspectives and contributions of all our employees — their diverse backgrounds, abilities and experiences make our business stronger. If you are contacted for a job opportunity, please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process. All accommodation information provided will be treated as confidential and used only for the purpose of providing an accessible candidate experience.