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Operations Manager Trainee

Are you a hard worker with the strength to overcome any obstacle on your path to success? When all of your friends are talking about their jobs, are you thinking about your career? Do you understand that sometimes you need to sacrifice in the present to better your future?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, we’d like to talk to you.

The goal of our Operations Manager Training program is to train and develop an individual who is ready to become a Carter Lumber Operational Manager at the conclusion of a 20-25 week program. The program consists of, but is not limited to, facilitated training, job shadowing, on‐the‐job, self‐study and online training. At the conclusion of his/her training, the OMT must demonstrate a solid understanding of Carter Lumber retail operations. Candidates must be able to relocate to the Greater Columbus, Cincinnati, or Dayton area without hesitation.

The focus of the training will be in several areas including POS operations, Human Resources, Inventory Management, Delivery Systems, and other areas as defined by local management.



  • Learns the day to day operations of managing and maintaining a Carter Lumber retail store
  • Learns how to effectively manage inventory levels and loss prevention
  • Gain a full understanding of Carter Lumbers POS and delivery management system
  • Learns how to coach associates for success within the organization through effective communication, associate observation, timely feedback, recognition and performance management/performance reviews
  • Learns how to manage associates schedules, monitor attendance and address issues accordingly
  • Learns recruitment process of new hires to fill open and anticipated labor needs of hourly and salaried associates.
  • Review and adjust merchandise assortment opportunities by applying knowledge gained during training
  • Understands and participates in coaching selling skills & sales forecasting
  • Learns to analyze margin and profit levers. Develops action plans to address opportunities



  • High School Diploma or Equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree or higher desired
  • Dedication to customer service
  • Leadership skills
  • Strong communication and intrapersonal skills
  • Ability to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed
  • Experience in retail merchandising, business development, human resources or applicable areas of businesses is preferred
  • Ability to relocate within Southwest Ohio

Benefits Provided (full-time employees)

  • Medical Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employer-matching 401(k) Plan
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