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Sam Stewart

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Store Manager Development Programme

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Sam Stewart is a name to remember. At only 22 years of age, Sam is already an Assistant Store Manager, sharing responsibility for a $10 million dollar store, with a team of 45+ at The Warehouse.

Sam started working part-time at the local Riccarton Warehouse while studying at Canterbury University. At the end of 2008 Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours, already showing he was a cut above the rest. Sam loved working in retail and initially never expected to get a career out of it until he found out about the Store Manager Graduate Programme and liked the fact that The Warehouse Grad Programme treated you like a Leader from day one.

Sam started on the Store Manager Grad Programme in February 2009. He spent the initial six months getting an in-depth understanding of the operations side of our business and what it takes to be a successful Leader. Next, he moved in to Team Leader roles before becoming an Assistant Store Manager. The ability to move through the programme so quickly has been a testament to Sam's drive and determination to succeed.

As the Assistant Store Manager Sam is responsible for driving sales and profit, while leading and developing high performing teams. A typical day for Sam is to walk the floor, check in with the team, see how they are progressing against sales reviews, conduct team meetings and coach and develop the team. When asked what Sam loved about the programme he said: "The buzz from developing team members is fantastic and the role is always challenging and varied, there is no chance of getting bored!"

Why would Sam recommend the programme to other grads, "Where else can you get paid solely to train for the first six months, meet the CEO in your first week, have so many opportunities for career advancement and end up sharing the running a multi-million dollar business?!"

Sam's next short term goal is "to move on to a bigger store as an Assistant Manager, and then secure his own store in a Store Manager role. Who knows what the future holds, maybe I'll become an Executive on The Warehouse board", he says smiling.

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