I was hired in 2001 as a Store Planning Coordinator. The position I applied for was a contract role to fill a Maternity leave but I guess the company felt my skills were a good fit and offered me a full time position. I received training over a 3 to 4 week period by the individual going on Maternity leave. During this timeframe I was able to learn and adapt to the Toys"R"Us retail business and the roles and responsibilities of the Store Planning department within the organization.
Business growth in terms of new stores and renovations kept us very busy and challenged. I was rewarded for my work and efforts through a promotion to Assistant Manager in 2002. In 2003 a new position was created in the organization for a Visual Manager within the Marketing department. I applied for and received this position which offered great opportunities to learn a different side of the business.
For the next 5 years I worked on several interesting and challenging projects and I also took some time off to have more children of my own. In 2009 I assumed the role of National Store Planning Manager and 1 year later was promoted again into my current position of Director of Store Planning.
Each time I was promoted it was very rewarding – I had a real sense of being valued and appreciated by Toys"R"Us for all my knowledge, experience and hard work.
I like the knowledge that what we do really makes a difference. I like the creative aspect of my job – always exploring new ideas, new concepts, and new challenges.
I'm most proud of what our team is able to accomplish. We're presented with a challenge and we always rise to meet and or exceed the challenge. It's very fulfilling.
I loved when the family got together and played Monopoly. Everybody wanted to be the race car, including me!
Don't be afraid to share your ideas. Don't wait for someone else to speak your mind for you. If you have an idea or a concept, put it out there. It's also important to recognize Toys"R"Us has a culture of family and it's important that you're always communicating with your family. Communication is key.