Vacancy details

Bridgwater Retail Park, Dorchester, Exeter, Paignton, Taunton, Torquay, Wells, Weymouth

This vacancy is now closed


About the role

Our Area Managers are fully accountable for their areas. Reporting to a Regional Manager, you will be responsible for the leadership of 18 stores within the Somerset area, including Exeter, Torquay, Weymouth and Dorchester. 

Your key responsibilities will be to maximise store sales and profitability, focusing on operational and customer service standards, as well as building and developing a strong team through motivational leadership. Think of it like running your own small business!

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated and energetic person with:

  • 2 years+ multi-site experience, in a fast-paced retail environment
  • Proven commercial success
  • Experience of building a succession plan
  • Performance management experience
  • Excellent communication, and influencing skills
  • Business review experience with strong analytical skills
  • Fashion experience would be highly desirable
  • Understanding of visual merchandising
  • An ambassador for customer service
  • Highly motivated and energetic

Who are we? At 365+ stores globally and over 3000 employees we are a leading outdoor retailer, with an always-evolving attitude.  You can find out about our fantastic own-brand products, as well as our newly launched brands, such as Animal, at  We’re working hard on sustainability, introducing more and more organic and recycled products- One Planet. Check out our “Inside the Outdoors” section, where you can explore the outdoors, find expert advice on how to choose your ski pants or top tips for dog owners, and learn about some of our charity ventures.

International- we have stores in Europe across Poland, Germany and Austria, across the pond in Canada and the USA, and our latest adventure is in New Zealand!

Animal was acquired by Mountain Warehouse and re-launched in the Summer of 2021, initially with an online presence only, before we moved to showcasing a range in some of our stores. We are so excited to be opening our first stores.  

Why join us? 

  • Bonus scheme
  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • 50% Employee Discount across Mountain Warehouse and Animal, 25% Friends and Family
  • 30 days annual leave, including Bank Holidays
  • Employee Referral Incentive
  • Pension scheme
  • Life Assurance, Health Plan
  • A stable, successful and supported environment with great opportunities


We can’t wait to hear from you. If you thrive in a fast-paced and pressured environment, and love the challenges and buzz of retail, then we may be for you! Join us…Inside The Outdoors.