Powell's in Portland, Oregon, Seeks Store Manager

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Powell's City of Books, the legendary independent bookseller and international tourist destination, is seeking a Store Manager for our iconic flagship location at 10th and West Burnside in downtown Portland, Oregon.

The Store Manager will be responsible for the oversight of all aspects of daily operations as well as providing the leadership, vision, and innovation that will further Powell’s as a world-class leader in retail.

They will inspire a culture of exceptional customer service and will ensure our customer-first mission is present in all aspects of operations. This is a working management position that will develop and champion the talented team of leaders within the store to respond quickly to changing needs and step up to new challenges.

As a downtown landmark and institution, Powell’s is Portland. We are a ‘City of Books’ within the city of Portland and serve as both an anchor and a beacon. The Store Manager will maintain a deep understanding of the downtown area retail landscape and leverage our brand to build relationships within our community and beyond.

We’re seeking a leader who will courageously take risks, anticipate trends, and identify new avenues for growth. Our business is dynamic and focused on continuous improvement within an always changing retail environment.

The Store Manager will drive the profitability of operations, with an emphasis on large-scale inventory management and logistics, cost control, profit and loss, and brand stewardship.

Powell’s City of Books by the numbers:

  • 68,000 square feet of retail space
  • 1 city block
  • 1 million titles
  • 4500 sections
  • 220 employees

This position will require:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Business, related field, or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of large-scale retail store management
  • Demonstrated customer service experience in a complex, fast-paced environment
  • A growth mindset and demonstrated experience increasing and maintaining strong sales
  • Financial management, marketing, and business analytics skills
  • Experience hiring and developing strong leaders
  • A willingness to take calculated risks; project and change management experience

Click here to view the full job description and apply for this position through our careers website. When applying, please include a cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience.

The salary for this position ranges from $35-40 per hour, depending on experience, and includes an extensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, education, childcare, 401k, holiday bonus, a generous merchandise discount and other perks.

The closing date for the position is Friday, January 10.

Powell's Books is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a culture and environment of inclusion, empowerment and respect – a place where everyone can show up fully as themselves and do their best work every day.


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