Area Operations Manager in Buffalo, NY at Lifetouch National School Studios Inc.

Date Posted: 10/9/2018

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Job Description

Area Operations Manager-Buffalo, NY

Some opportunities are picture-perfect.

It’s time to discover the benefits of working for a supportive company that values positivity and rewards hard work. At Lifetouch , you’ll be respected for your *professionalism* , *leadership abilities* and *collaborative work style* . If your vision is to work for a *respected industry leader* as a member of a *dedicated* team, we are ready to support you.

Lifetouch has been capturing precious memories for families since 1936. From photography to sales, operations to IT, marketing and more, every member of our team plays a valuable role in celebrating this year’s school milestones for generations to come. As a member of our team, you will enjoy a fast-paced, collaborative culture and the ability to directly impact our business.

This position is responsible for providing leadership for all aspects of the area’s photography operations priorities, staff, and equipment to ensure high-quality photography, Picture Day execution, and customer service metrics and resolution. This position is accountable for all area photography and operation functions, which may include Underclass, Seniors, Commencement, Sports and Special Events.


  • Provides leadership to all area photography and operations to ensure successful execution of all functions including: implementation of photography programs, photographic quality, photography schedules, equipment management, productivity, scheduling, operations procedures, host facing, customer service, account retention, and territory budget.
  • Staff planning, seasonal workforce planning, hiring, onboarding, employee retention, training and development, supervising and coaching staff, performance reviews, regulatory compliance, executing and monitoring established goal objectives, payroll reporting, policy interpretation and implementation, employee relations, and day-to-day performance management.
  • Works closely with the Regional Director of Operations and the Regional Photographic Operations Manager to ensure the area is aligned in all company processes and procedures with effective use of resources, identifying opportunities to strengthen area performance, and executing improvement initiatives.
  • Manages the area budget (both fixed and variable) in collaboration with Field Finance and the Area Sales Manager; regularly monitors performance and takes prompt, corrective action as appropriate.
  • Responsible for the best utilization of company resources and maximization of productivity for high-quality, positive Picture Day experiences - including the utilization of the Picture Day Report Cards as a data point for performance feedback, development, and improvement.
  • Provides direction and guidance to Operations Manager/Supervisor from booking process through APO/job setup, data management, and production tasks as well as customer service in congruence with standard operating procedures and best practices.
  • Provides direction to Photography Manager/supervisor for the management of photographic quality and photographer feedback programs; employing techniques that build the teamwork required to support business needs in congruence with standard operating procedures and best practices.
  • Ensures execution of the following: photography and operations training and initiatives, territory and company updates, both employee and account retention initiatives, and employee recognition. Ensures participation in all eligible company programs.
  • Accountable to metrics related to operations and photography.
  • Collaborates with the Sales team and Service Center/Photo Ops team to ensure positive and productive working relationships
  • Demonstrates care and concern for workplace safety and health by promoting and modeling all safety rules and guidelines.
  • Ensures compliance with all Company policies within the Region.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • May require traveling to various territory or satellite offices (up to 60%).


Minimum Qualifications-

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Business, Management or related field.
  • 7+ years of experience working in an operations management position.
  • Multi location Management experience is a must
  • Experience with managing a remote workforce is a must
  • Proven experience in working and managing a seasonal business and hiring seasonal talent.
  • Experience in managing the operations of a multi- million dollar sales volume
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience setting and executing strategic plans.
  • Proven ability to hire the best talent and coach direct reports to do the same.
  • Can effectively set priorities for self and others in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to influence positive outcomes.
  • Ability to manage and effectively lead change.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Proven computer skills including using Google platform and Microsoft office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Strong Financial acumen and ability to manage to budget plan.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to travel

Job Type: Full-time


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