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Retail Management Trainee Program

Human Resources

If you're ready to take your career to the next level, a Retail Management Associate position in the Management Trainee Program might be right for you. Working with an experienced Manager in a Southern States retail location, you will receive comprehensive training in all aspects of running a business. And you will have the chance to utilize your skills and knowledge in a structured environment where you will receive feedback about your performance.

With over 1200 retail locations, Southern States is constantly searching for individuals to join our Management Trainee Program. Developing and growing leaders is critical to our success. This extensive program provides opportunities and training for new managers to learn about Southern States retail management procedures from the ground up. If you're ready to take your career to the next level, a Southern States Retail Management Associate position might be right for you.

Southern States wants managers who are operators, visionaries and who can stand the test of time, technology and competition. The management development program provides flexibility to you and your training manager by allowing you to concentrate on subjects that are applicable to your location or career interests. A management assignment allows you to utilize your skills and knowledge in a structured environment where you will receive feedback about your performance.

Responsibilities

Management Trainee Program associates hone their expertise through:

  • "Shadowing" assignments at the beginning of the program that give an overview of the entire business
  • Daily immersion in the operations of the business, working with an experienced Manager
    Studies in operations, management and leadership
  • Hands-on training in special areas of interest (merchandising, crops, feed, others)
  • A capstone First Management Assignment, offering the opportunity to influence performance of a profit center for 3 months
  • The Management Trainee Program also offers flexibility to you and your training Manager by allowing you to concentrate on subjects that are applicable to your store location and/or your own career interests.

Career Path

After successfully completing the Management Trainee Program, Management Associates will be assigned as Assistant Managers. It is expected that the successful associate will progress to the level of Manager within two to three years.

Completion of the Management Trainee Program also opens other career opportunities at Southern States. Employees may pursue positions in sales, technical support or other staff positions through the Southern States Career Opportunities job posting procedure. The Management Associate position in the Management Trainee Program is a key entry-level position. Many of Southern States' Management began their careers in this position.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in agriculture, business, or related field preferred or Associate degrees and experienced retail managers without degrees also are encouraged to apply
  • Enthusiasm, a good work ethic and desire to provide exceptional customer service are musts
  • Willingness to relocate

 

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