Working under pressure to meet tight deadlines
Visual Merchandising Manager (Current Employee) – Melbourne, Australia – 10 July 2016
Having come from a background working in retail and interior design, I was prepared to take on the workload and pressure that the environment entailed. Being a hard working professional, throughout my professional career I have always taken a job I knew I could learn from and I knew could challenge me to grow.
In the 2 years that I have worked with Swatch, I have managed 3 new store openings starting from tender to managing the opening of the stores which I am proud of as this is a great accomplishment. I am currently opening 4 more stores before the end of September.
The biggest challenge has been having to manage the workload on my own as I do not have a support visual merchandising team e.g limited to when I can take a vacation, working longer hours due to no support team etc.
The most enjoyable part has been developing new visual merchandising strategies and releasing a new training manual across 22 stores in Australia. I have also enjoyed travelling to the different cities to train and coach store teams on the visual merchandising strategies and guidelines from my new manual.
Office location & onsite parking
Short breaks, no incentive structure, lack of breakout space, very formal working culture, no employment facilities e.g library, gym or outdoor area