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Chicago, Gold Coast, Assistant Studio Manager



Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

Studs is an experiential retail and e-commerce brand that has re-imagined the ear piercing experience by offering consultative and expert needle piercing services, combined with a wide assortment of accessibly priced, on-trend earrings.

Based in the Chicago Gold Coast location, the Assistant Studio Manager will report to the Studio Manager. You will be responsible for executing Studio operations while providing an amazing experience to Studs’ clients. This role will manage the Piercers.

Hourly Rate: $29.25/hour

Key Responsibilities:


Financial Acumen

  • Analyzes business reporting to identify opportunities in key business metrics and communicates them effectively
  • Develops the team’s understanding of key business metrics and reporting
  • Partners with the Studio Manager to execute sales strategies and align the Studio team to continually improve key business metrics to achieve sales plan

Drives Results

  • Creates a performance-oriented culture by setting clear expectations and targets for Studio team
  • Maintains an active sales floor presence in service to the clients and team
  • Actions against Studio’s reviews and customer satisfaction surveys

Customer Focus

  • Serves as a brand ambassador: welcomes and educates clients to the unique Studs’ piercing and shopping experience through our selling cycle
  • Implements ands trains to service recovery best practices
  • Escalates client feedback to improve the overall Studio experience


Optimizes Work Processes

  • Assumes all Studio Manager responsibilities in their absence
  • Oversees operations for the Studio including inventory management (transfers, adjustments, and cycle counts), cash management, and supply ordering
  • Monitors, tracks, and communicates operational trends to the Studio Manager and collaborates on solutions

Decision Quality

  • Balances analysis, experience, and integrity when making decisions for the overall business
  • Makes sound decisions, even in the absence of the Studio Manager
  • Understands when to take action and when to escalate to the Studio Manager

Ensures Accountability

  • Holds themselves and the team accountable to meet directive execution dates
  • Acts with a clear sense of ownership over the studio’s operational responsibilities
  • Provides training to the Studio team on operational policy and procedures


Builds and Develops Effective Teams

  • Fosters a sense of belonging and strong team morale through trust and collaboration
  • Partners with the Studio Manager in recruiting a diverse Studio team
  • Leads by example and models behavior for the Studio team


  • Prioritizes Studio compliance and ensures the team is accountable to company policies and standard operating procedures
  • Admits mistakes and is not afraid to escalate when help is needed
  • Lives out our Core Values

People Centric

  • Shows consistency by providing best in class service to everyone in the Studio
  • Provides prompt coaching and feedback with clear actionables
  • Collaborates with the Studio Manager on new training initiatives needed to grow the team


  • 1 year of comparable Retail Management experience; experience with jewelry, piercing, or hospitality is a plus
  • 40 hours per week, you must be available for five shifts (Monday-Wednesday, Saturday-Sunday)
  • Comfortable standing for extended periods of time up to 8+ hours
  • Able to lift, carry, and move at least 20 lbs
  • Must be able to handle chemicals safely
  • Driven, creative problem solver that consistently acts with integrity and speaks up
  • Owner’s mindset, with the ability to approach feedback and problems with a positive attitude.

Benefits & Perks

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as 401k and monthly lifestyle reimbursement
  • 15 days accrued Paid Time Off, 7 days accrued Sick Time, and 2 Paid Holidays, with additional opportunity to earn time and a half for working Federal Holidays
  • Three months of paid Parental Leave (biological, adoptive, and foster parents are all eligible)
  • A paid sabbatical after four years of full-time service
  • Exclusive employee piercing and jewelry discounts (plus discounts for friends and family)
  • Learning and development opportunities to support development and foster an inclusive culture