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Developing Markets Manager in Chicago, IL at Empire Today

Date Posted: 5/30/2019

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Job Description


Empire Today has been a leading provider of installed home improvements for 60 years. Empire offers the largest in-stock selection of flooring in the United States. Convenience, quality, and selection make Empire stand out.  With Empire Today, homeowners and business customers can get quality Carpet, Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, Vinyl Flooring, and Window Treatments from top brands they know and trust. And because Empire warehouses thousands of products, customers can get the right product, professionally installed when they need it, as soon as the next day.

Empire was founded in 1959 and provides service to more than 70 metropolitan areas in the United States. With more than three million satisfied customers, Empire Today is dedicated to its mission of Making Beautiful New Floors Easy.

Business Area

The Developing Market Manager is responsible for the flawless opening of new markets and developing struggling markets. This position will coordinate with different stakeholders and ensure that markets open on schedule. The Developing Market Manager identifies areas of opportunity within the company; must have complete knowledge of Empire’s business and be able to influence others to achieve the company’s goals and objectives by coaching and training to achieve operational excellence. This position reports to the Regional Director.


  • Lead and participate in the flawless execution of opening new market start up locations.
  • Manage the project plans to open new markets.
  • Follow up on projects that are currently in process and ensure they are tracking to be completed within deadlines.
  • Develop project scope, plan, schedule, and project deliverables as needed.
  • Troubleshoot issues that arise in the new market opening process and develop solutions.
  • Meet with facilities and recruiting weekly for updates on markets that are in the opening process.
  • Prepare weekly project report and submit to Vice President.
  • Submit monthly roll up report to the Regional Director.
  • Follow up with Market Support Specialists in the field and send project updates to the Regional Director.
  • Must be able to provide updates and recommendations to Senior Management on a regular basis.
  •  Perform other functions as necessary or assigned.
  • Work on projects and ensure their timely completion.


The successful candidate will possess:

  • This position requires a High School Diploma/GED, Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Administration, 3-5 years operations experience 1 year management experience, experience with multiple location or multiple product businesses, knowledge of the Six Sigma processes; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Computer skills MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Visio a plus).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Team player
  • Good listening skills and the ability to communicate with associates at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Home Improvement or Retail Industry is a plus. 


Employees are eligible for numerous benefits including:

  • Quick enrollment into our benefit plans.  Eligibility is  first of the month following just two weeks of employment.
  • A premium 401K Investment Plan, with the company matching your amount invested dollar for dollar up to 4% with no vesting.  Find another Company that can beat that!
  • Medical Insurance with several plan options and a Health Savings Account to meet you and your family’s health needs.
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Dental Insurance – Twice a year visits at no cost.
  • Vision Insurance with materials coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical & Dependent Care
  • Wellness Program – A best in class program offering substantial awards payable right on your paycheck
  • Basic Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Short Term Disability Coverage
  • Long Term Disability Coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays including Floating Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) that grows with years of service
  • Empire Perks – An employee discount purchasing program offering you great savings on the things you want.

The company conducts a background check and drug screen for all new hires. 

Empire Today is an equal opportunity employer. We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills.

By Submitting your resume and application information, you authorize Empire Today to transmit and store your information in the Empire Today group companies’ worldwide recruitment database, and to circulate that information as necessary for evaluating your qualifications for this or other job vacancies.