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The job of a store coordinator can vary widely depending on where you work. For the most part, store coordinators tend to work in retail, warehouse and design settings. Every employer is going to require slightly different duties from its store coordinators, but in general, they'll be responsible for things such as managing inventory, designing displays and ordering necessary stock. This may require strong computer skills, attention to detail, basic math skills and sometimes, strong visual design skills as well.
In a retail setting, a big part of a store coordinator's job is to monitor the inventory that's on the shelves and in the stock rooms. She may manage inventory sheets or computer tracking systems to keep track of the items in the store and what needs to be ordered. The store coordinator may also order new merchandise and check deliveries to ensure everything that was ordered is actually part of orders received. She may also produce regular sales reports and deliver them to the store manager.
When a store coordinator works in a retail setting, he may handle retail service duties, depending on the size of the store. For example, in a small store, the store coordinator may run the cash register and interact with customers. Since he has the coordinator title instead of the "manager" title, he may not be the one to schedule employees, but he may help check employees in and out and oversee their activities, as well as open and close the store in the manager's absence.
Managing and Creating Displays
In some instances, the store coordinator is also the "display coordinator" responsible for keeping the store looking good and ensuring products are in positions that make them the most visually appealing. The store coordinator may design displays and put them up herself; or if she works remotely from a corporate office, she may leave instructions for the retail manager and staff to set up displays on their own. The coordinator may also plan promotions and ensure specialty items are in place for holidays or other special times of the year.
In some cases, the "store" is not a retail location at all, but instead, a warehouse or other facility in which "stores" of supplies or merchandise are kept. When that's the case, the store coordinator may have similar inventory management and ordering duties as he would in a retail setting, but he'll be monitoring the inflow and outflow of items as they arrive at the location, are stored there and then are shipped to other parts of the enterprise. As he would in a retail setting, the store coordinator will ensure that everything received is in good condition and that the right amount of inventory arrives. He'll also keep detailed records and may help design the layout of the storage area for maximum efficiency.
Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since 1997, covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for CareerAddict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications. Vulcan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota. She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer.