Recent Question/Assignment

NB: Structure of the submission (as per assessment guide):
1. Cover-page
2. Introduction
3. Identification of the job role and key skills requirements
4. Reflection and linkage to newly acquired skills
5. List of references.
6. Appendix 1 (job description / specification – for your chosen job)
Below is some tips and general guidance – points three and four (above) come within what is described as the ‘main body’ below.
Example Title:
Reflection on Suitability for the role of Assistant Manager at Boots
[The introduction should ideally be 80 to 110 words (10% of total word count).]
[The introduction should explain 4 things]
1. What the task is (i.e. what have we asked you to do) – short summary
2. Why did you chose the particular job you selected
3. How the main body will be structured / the approach you have taken towards completing the task – very important
4. Any theory you have used or any learning you are basing your observations on.
Main Body
1. This should be split into neat paragraphs – remember to structure it as you told us it would be structured in the introduction
2. On average your paragraphs will be about 4-7 sentences or 100 – 200 words
3. Cleary state the purpose / key topic of each paragraph in the opening sentence
4. Do you need sub-headings for each paragraph – or just 1 or 2 sub-headings (each covering more than one paragraph) – you decide but make sure sub-headings clearly fit the subject matter within the section.
5. Are you clearly telling us about which part of the JD you are referring to in each paragraph? – if that is not clear you will lose marks (you do not have to cover the whole JD – only the most relevant parts)
6. Are you reflecting on what you learned in the CMI assessment 1? – if that is not clear you will lose marks (i.e. evidence of self-awareness, managing relationships, personal resilience and emotional intelligence)
Conclusion: approx – 80 – 110 words – summary of key points – Is the job right for me? – actions points – skills you need to develop.

Practice Task (this can be done in a seminar – note – this is just practice for your essay – obviously you will be using your own job description the one below is just an example!!):
Look at the example Job Specification Document on the next page – pick 2 or 3 examples of sections of the job description that you think you can reflect on in a meaningful way: a) linking that part of the JD to your own skill-set and b) linking that part of the JD to evidence of (either) self-awareness, managing relationships, personal resilience and/or emotional intelligence.
TOP TIP: whatever job you pick make sure that it has a big enough and suitable enough description to give you enough material to cover the topics you have been asked to cover.
Appendix 1 – Job Specification Assistant Manager
Job reference: 130817BRClose
Location: London, Fulham Broadway
Function area: Retail Management | Store Colleagues
Shift pattern: Part-time
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: 16 to 24 hours per week
About Boots
We are the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. With over 2,500 stores in the UK, our purpose is to help our customers look and feel better than they thought possible. For over 165 years, we have used our expertise to help improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. Boots UK is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance.
What’s in it for you?
You will develop your retail knowledge, alongside your leadership skills, to deliver the best possible care and service to our customers. With opportunities to progress your career in beauty, pharmacy and opticians, our brilliant training teams will ensure you have all the tools you need to succeed in your current role and beyond. From local pharmacies to flagship stores the variety of career opportunities we provide is something we are very proud to offer. In addition, as part of your reward package you will receive a great company pension scheme, excellent staff discount, discretionary bonus and 22 days holiday plus bank holidays along with having access to additional flexible benefits that allows you to create a package that best suits your individual needs.
Working alongside the Store Manager you will be given the opportunity to lead and inspire growth, to deliver the company strategy. With a customer led approach, you will role model exceptional leadership to ensure customers remain at the heart of everything we do.
Key responsibilities include:
With excellent engagement you will lead, challenge and ultimately inspire your team to deliver business growth by providing exceptional care to our customers and patients
Drive passion and energy in your team to deliver on sales and service targets, always keeping a firm eye on costs and profitability, and ensuing continuous improvement where possible
Deliver a sustainable and efficient retail and pharmacy operating platform in your store to ensure stock availability, control costs, minimise loss and meet our customers and patients expectations
Create and maintain a brilliant culture where we proactively deliver life-long pharmacy customers
Accountability for cash accounting compliance within your department and that all related polices are implemented and upheld
Support the store succession plan by developing talent for your store and key roles within the region
Conducting regular reviews, audits and risk assessments to protect patient and public safety
/Work with the Store Manager to own and improve loss performance including payment loss, retail waste, and retail stock loss
Our ideal candidate
To be successful in this role you will have a professional, and caring character and true desire to help others feel good. In addition you will:
Be an excellent leader with the ability to coach and develop individuals and teams
Have first class communication skills, and act as a recognised brand ambassador to Boots throughout your store and region
A strong understanding of how to lead and deliver a company strategy, with the ability to implement in a given store to drive strong performance results
Ability to work at pace and react to the changing needs of the customer
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of pharmacy operations and provisions of national and local services
Thrive in a team centred approach with strong collaborative working
Have a passion for keeping up to date with your own learning and development
Be digitally savvy and comfortable with navigating and embracing new technology
This role is subject to a DBS/PVG check, Boots is a Ban the Box employer and will consider the suitability of applicants with criminal convictions on a case-by-case basis. You will have the opportunity to discuss the matter with us before we make a decision.
Our Diversity and Inclusion commitment
Diversity and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We offer a variety of flexible working patterns to support our colleagues to achieve a good work life balance.