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Location Planning Manager - Warwickshire

£35K - £50K + Excellent Package - Retail - Retail
Ref: 45 Date Posted: Thursday 11 Oct 2018
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Summary of the Role’s Main Purpose

To manage a geographical zone in terms of all location planning requirements; set a targeted network plan to successfully focus resource on the rights sites, forecast accurate sales for new stores & extensions and understand new store performance and impacts from competitor openings. Own the relationship with Retail and Property Development.

Principle Accountabilities

• Prioritise & manage location planning requirements for an assigned zone and is accountable for managing the relationships with Retail & Property in the relevant zone.
• Manages appropriate resourcing to meet zone needs
• Produce timely and accurate sales forecasts for new stores and extensions ensuring full stakeholder engagement prior to submission of data to Investment Board / CCM for approval
• Makes strategic and commercial recommendations on new site and extension proposals to feed our investment pipeline
• Prepare clear, accurate papers for Investment Board / CCM and deliver on time
• Challenge proposals that do not meet network plan requirements or are not in the best strategic interests of the company
• May have line manager accountability for location planners and should demonstrate coaching and development of team or assist others with the development of the location planning team
• Is the expert on retail landscape and population and demographic change in relevant zone, with a good general working knowledge of remainder of UK
• Maintains and accurate and up to date network plan for relevant zone
• Support continuous improvement by contributing to improving assessment methodology
• Assists the Acquisition & PIR Manager and Property Finance team on creation of Post Implementation Reviews reports
• Contribute to Team knowledge & spirit
• Good knowledge of competing retailers and retail formats

Measures of Success

• Accuracy targets met for zone
• Efficiency measures met for zone
• demonstrates continuous improvement of methodology and development of location planners
• Successful Network Plan set integrating supermarkets and convenience that all property are engaged in
• Successful line management of location planner (where relevant)

Resources available to the Job-Holder

• Internal Property teams
• Customer Insights team
• Property Finance

Level of Decision-making Authority

• Manage relationships with Retail and Property in relevant zone
• Own the sales forecasts for new stores and extensions in the zone
• Resource plan for the zone, including any location planners assigned to that zone.

Core Areas of Knowledge, Skills & Experience

• Excellent analytical skills, combined with a good understanding of customer needs. Recognition that the customer is at the heart of all capital investment decisions
• Demonstrate strength in application and use of GIS
• Ability to integrate quantitative (nectar data, segmentation, etc.) and qualitative information (retail feedback, customer research, etc.) to support investment decisions
• Good planning, organisational and prioritisation skills
• Ability to communicate with colleagues from different disciplines and work cross-functionally
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to explain and defend analyses to stakeholders at senior management level
• Willing and able to challenge accepted practices and processes
• Structured approach and clear deadline focus
• Highly numerate


• Experience of GIS


• Experience of econometric/statistical modelling
• Good degree, ideally in Geography, Economics or Town Planning
• Considerable relevant experience
• Clean driving license
Completion of Property skills development framework
• Financial Appraisal
• Internal stakeholder awareness
• Location Planning
• Property financial awareness / valuations
• Property ways of working / process
• Operational awareness
• Systems skills
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