Workplace Diversity
Store Team Leader - Retail Merchandising

Store Team Leader - Retail Merchandising

companyL.L. Bean
locationOak Brook, IL 60523, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/14/2023
Full Time

We invite you to be part of our team of trailblazers dedicated to helping people discover and enjoy the outside. Come join us. Because on the inside we’re all outsiders. And if it’s outside, we’re all in.

L.L.Bean is currently searching for a Retail Visual Store Team Leader to join our team in our Oakbrook Center Retail Store, located in Oak Brook, IL.

This important position drives business results, directs team talent, supports the store leadership team, and ensures delivery of the legendary L.L.Bean customer experience within an outdoor lifestyle concept retail store. The Store Team Leader also promotes the company's core values of Outdoor Heritage, Integrity, Service, Respect, Perseverance, and Safe and Healthy Living to ensure the integrity of the brand, culture, and mission of L.L.Bean is upheld at all times.  

The supervisor will have a specialty in Merchandising.

  • This is a support role under the Product area of responsibility for stores.
  • Plans maps and executes floor sets by translating Trail Guide and floor sets into compelling and inspiring merchandise presentations
  • Analyzes reports and uses business acumen to make smart decisions to drive sales
  • Completes and supports all visual display and windows execution
  • Works closely with Operations Productivity team to plan and efficiently process floor sets and replenishment
  • Executes marketing signage and promotions
  • Executes markdowns and merchandise recovery


Customer Experience:

  • Models and fosters an environment where service is the top priority. Enthusiastically seeks opportunities to convert every customer that enters the store continually striving to drive sales and brand loyalty through great service. Rallies the rep team towards the same objectives.
  • Acts as a Leader on Duty as scheduled to drive conversion and sales.
  • Leverages business reports including Qualtrics, variance reporting, and merch group sales to analyze trends, understand wins and identify opportunities. Builds compelling actions to enhance customer loyalty and improve service metrics through introspective business analysis and strong acumen skills.
  • Executes and implements all recognition programs including living the legend efforts, in-store contests, etc.
  • Reviews all forward-looking business events (holidays, promotional weekends, market trends).
  • Develops meaningful activations and selling efforts to drive even greater sales results.
  • Ensures that the sales floor is full, and all sizes are represented by performing regular size audits.
  • Ensures the highest level of fitting room service is occurring driving conversion and UPT.


  • Supports and trains associates, communicating standards and processes, company policies, and procedures
  • Has a passion for learning and sharing product knowledge as a tool to build the sale and increase customer loyalty.
  • Delivers GUIDE training for new hires as well as ongoing GUIDE training efforts for year-round team members in conjunction with the exempt leader team. Ensures all guides are performing at a high level and 30-day/ongoing assessments are completed.
  • Supports, directs, and develops store champions (buddies) and experts.
  • Facilitates all new hire product training modules for store or area of responsibility and develops a strategy and execution plan for delivering all seasonal product training materials.
  • Maintains and manages all employee-facing communication including break room messaging, and communication boards. Ensures start-up meetings are occurring, and that content is compelling and inspiring.

Total Store Accountability:

  • Aids in the achievement of all financial measures as well as area-specific metrics.
  • Keyholder as required serving as a potential opener/closer for the store.
  • Prepares & communicates daily task responsibilities to staff. Leverages knowledge and strengths to foster growth and development of the team
  • Recommends adjustment to staffing levels/schedules to meet work requirements.
  • Address and respond to employee issues/conflicts related to day-to-day operations within defined parameters in accordance with company policies and procedures under direction of supervisor.
  • Provides in-the-moment input, feedback, and coaching. If performance concerns exist, hands off to store management for performance management process
  • Contributes to Peak planning preparation and readiness. 
  • Leverages knowledge and strengths to foster growth and development of the team.
  • Expense management ownership ensuring proper use of resources and adherence to budgetary guidelines with a focus on payroll management.
  • Is an active participant in health and safety by following all safety policies and procedures, reporting unsafe conditions or at-risk behaviors to leadership, and conducting work in a safe manner.
  • As assigned:
    • Maintains the cash office per policy ensuring proper signatures, accurate reconciliation, and general organization is achieved. 
    • Ensure the service hub is fully stocked, free of clutter, and operating effectively. 
    • Accountable for cashier execution and efficiency with a focus on service delivery.    

Health and Safety Requirement: Every employee is responsible for contributing to a safe and healthy workplace. Employees are expected to be active participants in health and safety by following all safety policies and procedures, reporting unsafe conditions or at-risk behaviors to leadership, and conducting work in a safe manner. Those in a leadership role are also expected to model safe behaviors, evaluate risk, and ensure that risks are reduced to acceptable levels.

Education Level: 2-Year Associates Degree
Years of Experience: 2+

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Associate degree or equivalent with at least 2 plus years of retail experience in relevant retailer
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Systems knowledge (POS, Word, Excel) and comfort with social media platforms
  • Capability to build strong partnerships and to work collaboratively to achieve goals
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Ability to maintain a high level of enthusiasm and a positive attitude
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Mobility and desire to relocate a plus

At L.L.Bean we understand that all employees are responsible for creating and fostering an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves at work and make it easy for others to do the same.

If you think you would do great in this role we encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet 100% of the qualifications.

If you care about the outdoors, joining L.L.Bean is a great way to feel good about what you do. Our benefits package makes a good thing even better, with programs and perks designed to support your health and financial goals. Plus, maintaining a healthy work-life balance and re-charging outside are all part of the plan. Because, when it comes to the outside—we’re all in. Visit to learn more.

Being outside brings out the best in us, no matter where we come from or what we believe. At L.L.Bean, we value individual differences and encourage our co-workers to be themselves – because  the uniqueness of each individual makes L.L.Bean better.