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Country Manager - NZ

Apply now Job no: 504241
Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: New Zealand Wide
Categories: Executive Management, Store Operations

At Kmart, we are where families come first for the lowest prices on everyday items. Our vision is to make everyday living brighter for all our customers, every time and everywhere they shop with us. 

Kmart today has more than 300 stores and over 40,000 employees across Australia and New Zealand and is part of the broader Wesfarmers group of companies. 

As one of Australia and New Zealand’s brightest retail stars, we are proud of our exceptional growth and success in recent years, but it is just the beginning of our exciting journey ahead.   We have big plans in place to ensure we deliver our vision and significantly expand our business. With more new stores opening across Australia and New Zealand, the growth of our online business and expansion into new markets, there has never been a more irresistible time to join Kmart!  

About the role

A rare and amazing opportunity exists for an inspiring, versatile and commercially savvy retail leader to take the reins of our business in New Zealand and stamp a truly phenomenal legacy.  As the most senior leader in the country, holding a directorship and reporting to the General Manager – Stores in Australia you will oversee a network of 26 stores, a country support team and over 2,000 frontline team members.

At the heart of this role is devising and executing effective strategies to optimise sales growth, customer experience, team engagement, safety performance and business productivity.  In order to do so, the key accountabilities include:

  • Create, champion and oversee the delivery of compelling country-wide business plans and strategic initiatives in line with Kmart’s strategic plan, that ensure sustainable business growth for Kmart in the NZ market.
  • Develop and maintain a contemporary and in-depth understanding of market trends, risks and competitor landscape to adjust strategy as required, leverage new business opportunities and preserve or accelerate business advantage.
  • Build, inspire and nurture a high-performance team culture where strategic purpose is clear, customer experience is core, and talent is unleashed, engaged and recognised.
  • Build and cultivate effective business partnerships with internal and external state and national stakeholders in New Zealand to facilitate, promote and drive optimal business performance and brand reputation.

About You

To be successful in securing this role, you will ideally possess the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrable retail operations leadership experience working in a fast-paced, high volume, multi-site retail environment
  • Deep experience in developing and implementing strategic initiatives drawing on your strong commercial acumen and sound retail operations prowess
  • Results-oriented and solutions-focused with experience in managing a large P & L and driving sustainable improvement across key performance metrics
  • An engaging, passionate and ‘no ego’ leadership style with deft collaboration, influencing and communication capability
  • A proven track record of recruiting, and developing high performing retail teams and individuals in geographically dispersed organisation
  • Extensive experience in optimising and enhancing capability across large teams to deliver exceptional customer, safety, compliance, and financial results
  • A positive change agent, with demonstrated results in continually evaluating and championing innovation
  • Ideally experience supporting an ecommerce environment will also be considered highly favourable

You will be afforded autonomy and accountability in your role and have access to development opportunities across both Kmart and the Wesfarmers Group. An excellent remuneration package, inclusion in company bonus scheme and access to Wesfarmers share plan and a benefits program including a generous discount card for Kmart and Bunnings. 

At Kmart we aim to ensure our teams reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate. 

“We are a 2021 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant”. 

Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we do not accept applications from recruitment agencies.

Advertised: New Zealand Standard Time
Applications close: New Zealand Daylight Time

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