Department Manager


Rushden, GB, NN10 6FH

Contracted Hours:  39
Sport:  Any Sport


As a Department Manager, you'll be growing a dynamic business within the department you’re in charge of to empower and develop your team; all to ensure that your local customers can get everything they need in your department to practice their favourite sports. Most importantly, you have to ensure they have an amazing shopping experience in the process.

Through a 3-month training period that covers business operations and management basics, you will face new adventures and challenges every day but with the support of your team.  In a nutshell, your responsibilities will include:

Team leadership:

  • Recruit, train, and manage a team of Sport Advisors (sales assistants)
  • Mentor and lead the development of each team member within your department
  • Foster a collaborative and motivated work environment
  • Set performance goals and provide ongoing feedback
  • Conduct performance evaluations and manage scheduling effectively.

Sales and Customer Service:

  • Set sales goals and drive the team to achieve these targets 
  • Ensure excellent customer service 
  • Ensure that your team is trained to provide product knowledge and assistance to customers.

Merchandising and Inventory Management:

  • Ensure top-level and organized department displays 
  • Manage inventory levels, including restocking and inventory counts.
  • Ensure that campaign materials and visual merchandising policies are implemented 

Commercial Strategies:

  • In collaboration with our Commercial Team, prepare a commercial plan and stay updated on product knowledge within the department
  • Together with your store leader, define the product range to be offered to customers and sport practitioners 

Reporting and Analysis:

  • Generate and analyze sales reports and key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Use data to make informed decisions and adjustments to department strategies 

Secure operational efficiency by becoming a Duty Manager

  • Implement and maintain operational procedures and policies during assigned duty hours 
  • Lead the overall operational function of the store during assigned duty hours 
  • Ensure compliance with company policies and safety regulations


  • An energetic self-starter preferably with strong leadership skills and a love for sport
  • People-centric and has a strong sense of service to help others
  • A game changer who can innovate retail
  • A motivational person who nurtures the development of others
  • Invested in the development of yourself and others

As a Department Manager, you will be required to work usual retail hours including evenings and weekends.


Get to enjoy the following benefits and perks:
Annual remuneration reviews

  • Healthy employee discount on all Decathlon products
  • Weekly Staff Sports/Activities
  • Cycle-to-Work Scheme
  • Intensive Learning and Development training via Decathlon Academy

… and many more






As a Department Manager you'll be growing a dynamic business from day one. To put it simply, the purpose of your role is to empower and develop your team; all to ensure that your local customers can get everything they need from your department to practice their favourite sports; and most importantly, they have an amazing shopping experience in the process.

What will you benefit from?

  • Career progression - At Decathlon, you choose your own career path, whether you aspire to become our next customer service manager or our next CEO - your opportunities for progression are endless!
  • Profit sharing scheme - We’re one big international family who exclusively shares the profit we make with our employees.
  • We play sport together and have regular team socials!
  • Quarterly bonus scheme
  • Permanent contracts with fair pay - We don’t believe in zero-hour contracts.
  • Cycle to work scheme - 25% discount on a bike of your choice.
  • 30% staff discount on our Decathlon products.

Discover more of our company benefits here.



Your responsibilities will be:

  • I recruit and manage a team that is at the service of my customers and my commercial policy.
  • I make my skills available to the region, as a trainer, a mentor, etc.
  • I choose my offer and I ensure dynamic, commercial layout adapted and implanted following the Best Self Informed Choice.I write my commercial policy with my team.
  • I build the best commercial offer and my range choice, department mass plan are coherent with my commercial policy.
  • I put in place commercial actions in order to satisfy the highest number of customers and users via omnichannel sales
  • I guarantee the security of my customers and my store
  • I’m Duty Manager for my store and take a responsibility for the operation in my unit
  • I manage my Profit and Loss account to ensure durable business
  • I set my 3 years trajectory and yearly economic objectives, sales and profit.I manage the achievement of these objectives
  • I guarantee sustainability of my project through an accurate and regular forecasting


You are definitely an energetic person, courageous and willing to take decisions that will help the store to keep growing and satisfying more and more customers.

You love to take this decision on the shop floor and you lead by example.

You are creative and very open to try new solutions.

You have the drive to succeed, enjoy challenges and have the will to keep growing in the company. Ambition is in your DNA.

You enjoy working for a team, and building team spirit. In a store of this size we need to act as a team and make sure that everyone is on board.

Ideally you practice either one of the sports of the consolidation . What is really important for us is that you love the products and act as an ambassador of the brand.

Additional Information:

As a Department Manager you will be required to work usual retail hours including evenings and weekends. 



Decathlon is committed to inclusion and non-discrimination, and thus acts on a daily basis in favor of disability, a multi-generational workforce, social diversity, and equality between women and men. If, due to a disability, you require any special accommodations during the recruitment process, please let us know. At Decathlon, first and foremost, we are recruiting personality and character.