Trainee Retail Store Manager


Bristol and the surrounding areas
South West
Louise Abram
45 hours per week. Shifts varying which will include weekends.
15 months plus 4 months to complete End Point Assessment
Level 4 - Retail Manager
26 September 2022
21 September 2022

Farmfoods is a family business with ambition. We pride ourselves on offering our customers great value, quality products from clean and tidy shops with the friendliest team in retail.

We aim to offer sensational value to customers on a great range of everyday family-oriented goods. We back up our sensational value with a focus on delivering an ‘old fashioned’, genuine and friendly customer experience.

Our shop teams are essential. They serve thousands of customers each week and have the reputation of Farmfoods in their hands. To our customers, they are Farmfoods.

Are you an experienced team leader or supervisor in retail, hospitality or another customer focussed industry? Are you looking to progress further into a management role? If yes, then this might be the opportunity for you.

We are looking to recruit a trainee shop manager for the Bristol area. You will be given the opportunity to move around and spend some time in various different shops in the area. We offer a permanent full-time (45 hours per week) position working a variety of shifts, 5 days from 7 each week.

What does the training involve?


  • Initial training period working alongside an experienced shop manager and developing your practical skills in retail management.
  • A period of running your shop with high support from your Area Manager.
  • Approximately 3-6 months into your training, you will take on full responsibility for our Filton shop while you will continue to develop your management skills, with the support of your area manager.
  • Working towards a Level 4 Retail Manager apprenticeship qualification with Babcock Training, our approved training provider.
  • Support with upskilling your Maths and English (if required)
  • Completion of an independent end point assessment at the end of your training.

This is a 19-month training programme and upon successful completion you will be made a permanent employee.

In return for your hard work and commitment, you will receive:

  • A starting salary of £23,463 (which will increase to £24,992 after 6 months).
  • A retail manager level 4 apprenticeship standard qualification.
  • Paid time to complete your apprenticeship coursework.
  • Great training and support.
  • 30 days holiday each year.
  • 15% staff discount to use in any of our shops
  • Free life assurance.
  • Workplace pension.

As one of our Trainee Shop Managers you will:

  • Be fully accountable for your shop and responsible for ensuring that customers are looked after and shop routines are completed to maintain a safe, clean and tidy shop.
  • Motivate and guide your team to be as successful and efficient as possible
  • Lead by example and get stuck in with the day-to-day tasks involved in running one of our busy shops
  • Control key costs including payroll, shrinkage and waste
  • Meet standards in relation to customer service, cash handling, health & safety, stock management, merchandising and presentation.
  • Take responsibility for recruitment, training and development of your team.
This is an 19-month training programme and upon successful completion you will be made a permanent employee.
There are many opportunities for a career at Farmfoods. We always look to promote our team members internally, and many people in management and central services positions at Farmfoods started their careers in our shops. This could be the start of a rewarding and long-term career for you.
To be successful in this role you will need to be a hard worker with good communication skills and someone who is able to provide excellent customer service. You must also possess some leadership skills.
You do not have to have any qualifications to be successful in your application for this role.
We are looking for someone who:
• Has a friendly, positive, hardworking approach to work.
• Is a ‘people person’ who finds it easy to get on everyone and is able to build strong working relationships with the people you work with.
• Is trustworthy and reliable as you will be an important part of a small team. Your team and customers will depend upon you to do your job to the best of your ability at all times.
• Is organised and can remain calm in busy, high-pressured situations.
• Ensure that all work set by our apprenticeship provider is completed on time.
Rather than being focused on just one of our shops you will have the opportunity to move around and spend some time in various different shops in the area - Filton, Bedminster, Bridgwater, Pontypool, Brynmawr and Blackwood. Given this, being able to travel/drive is essential for this particular position.
Level 4 Retail Manager Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship standards are aimed at developing skills within the Apprentice’s chosen career route, each standard has set knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be successful within the job role. This will include the completion of functional skills in Maths and English. Once the apprentice has completed a minimum of 12 months training and the employer and Babcock regional trainer confirm they have met all the requirements of the standard they will be put through to end point assessment. The end point assessment is independent from the training and includes a variety of assessment methods which test the skills and knowledge of the apprentice to ensure they are fully competent in their role. Each Apprentice will be supported throughout the apprenticeship by a structured programme of teaching, e-learning, face to face training and workplace mentoring; this will encourage and help them to meet the requirements of the new standards and will prepare them for the end of point assessment.

This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment.

Opening hours:
• Monday to Friday = 8am - 9pm
• Saturday = 8am - 8pm
• Sunday = 10am to 4pm
• Earliest shift start = 6.30am
• Latest shift finish = 9.30pm
• Stocktake finish time = 9.30pm
Click apply to be taken to the vacancy detail and complete the short application form. If you have any enquiries please contact Louise Abram on 01704 502206.

This vacancy is closed to applications.