Professional Development.

Here at Belk we want our associates to excel and advance their careers. We empower employees to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform both their current jobs as well as any future assignments. By building a career at Belk and being a part of our retail leadership development program, you will be provided with a variety of professionally-led training sessions, online courses, reference materials, and on-the-job professional development activities. Being part of our retail leadership development program also includes many of the following:

Belk University

Ongoing training courses are offered to support the professional development of our associates.  Belk University provides learning and development solutions to help associates build upon core competencies and to build team capabilities in stores and at corporate headquarters.

Mentoring

The Belk mentorship program matches two associates based upon a variety of factors in order to develop a beneficial one-on-one professional relationship. Mentors and mentees meet throughout the course of the year-long program and each benefit by sharing knowledge and unique experiences.

Efficacy for Professionals of Color Program

Efficacy for Professionals of Color (EPOC) is a program that supports Belk’s continuing commitment to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. EPOC is a 2-day facilitated session that guides associates through techniques designed to enhance their career momentum by maximizing workplace contribution, sustaining a competitive advantage, and increasing confidence.

Sales Team Manager Development Program

This 5-month program prepares Belk associates for promotion into a Sales Team Manager position. The program is facilitated through workbook activities focused on leadership skills, driving sales and profit, merchandise presentation standards and operations. Participants are partnered with a Sales Team Manager who serves as coach, training coordinator and supervisor, providing ongoing support throughout the program.

Associate Development Program

The Belk Associate Development Program is a targeted, yearlong program for Associate Buyers and Associate Brand Managers. Associates participate in leadership courses as well as monthly business case sessions to develop their professional acumen. Participants gain valuable exposure to and feedback from leadership throughout the program.

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Programs for Belk stores, merchandising and corporate finance are designed for recent college graduates to begin their careers in Belk’s core areas of business. For more details, please visit our college relations webpage.

Store Manager Development Program

The Store Manager Development Program provides Assistant Store Managers and newly promoted Store Managers the functional training and leadership skills needed to successfully manage a store. While the program does not guarantee a promotion, it offers an excellent opportunity to interact with high­-performing colleagues and learn effective management techniques from experts in the divisions, store management and Belk corporate.

Accelerated Leadership Program

This 6-month development program is designed to equip high performing Sales and Operations Team Managers with the skills needed to assume an Assistant Store Manager role. The program is planned and facilitated by subject matter experts from corporate and store leadership. The training content will build skills in operations, leadership, and networking and is conducted through live events, webinars, computer-based training and on-the-job project assignments.

Belk University

Ongoing training courses are offered to support the professional development of our associates. Belk University provides learning and development solutions to help associates build upon core competencies and to build team capabilities in stores and at corporate headquarters.

Efficacy for Professionals of Color Program

Efficacy for Professionals of Color (EPOC) is a program that supports Belk’s continuing commitment to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. EPOC is a 2-day facilitated session that guides associates through techniques designed to enhance their career momentum by maximizing workplace contribution, sustaining a competitive advantage, and increasing confidence.

Associate Development Program

The Belk Associate Development Program is a targeted, yearlong program for Associate Buyers and Associate Product Managers. Associates participate in leadership courses as well as monthly business case sessions to develop their professional acumen. Participants gain valuable exposure to and feedback from leadership throughout the program.

Store Manager Development Program

The Store Manager Development Program provides Assistant Store Managers and newly promoted Store Managers the functional training and leadership skills needed to successfully manage a store. While the program does not guarantee a promotion, it offers an excellent opportunity to interact with high­-performing colleagues and learn effective management techniques from experts in the divisions, store management and Belk corporate.

Mentoring

The Belk mentorship program matches two associates based upon a variety of factors in order to develop a beneficial one-on-one professional relationship. Mentors and mentees meet throughout the course of the year-long program and each benefit by sharing knowledge and unique experiences.

Sales Team Manager Development Program

This 5-month program prepares Belk associates for promotion into a Sales Team Manager position. The program is facilitated through workbook activities focused on leadership skills, driving sales and profit, merchandise presentation standards and operations. Participants are partnered with a Sales Team Manager who serves as coach, training coordinator and supervisor, providing ongoing support throughout the program.

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Programs for Belk stores, merchandising and corporate finance are designed for recent college graduates to begin their careers in Belk’s core areas of business. For more details, please visit our college relations webpage.

Accelerated Leadership Program

This 6-month development program is designed to equip high performing Sales and Operations Team Managers with the skills needed to assume an Assistant Store Manager role. The program is planned and facilitated by subject matter experts from corporate and store leadership. The training content will build skills in operations, leadership, and networking and is conducted through live events, webinars, computer-based training and on-the-job project assignments.

Awards

  • Award of Excellence
  • Pacesetter Award
  • Be the Best Award
  • Pinnacle Awards

Belk’s Award of Excellence annually acknowledges up to six associates for outstanding individual contribution to their community. Established in 1979, this award is considered the highest honor bestowed by the organization and is intended to promote the spirit of service and volunteerism that remains a part of Belk’s core values. Winners are nominated by their peers and are chosen by a selection committee. Each winner receives a $500 prize and is honored at a luncheon in Charlotte hosted by Belk leadership in September.

The Pacesetter Award is an annual award presented to sales, sales support, and management associates at Belk whose professional performance is considered to be in the top ten percent of all staff. Recipients regularly meet sales per hour goals and represent stores that meet or exceed 100 percent of sales and direct controllable profit budgets. Individual winners are honored by their managers and recognized at various events throughout the spring season.

The Be the Best program recognizes associates for exceptional performance within their individual functional areas, such as: finance; human resources; information technology; legal, tax and internal audit; real estate and store planning; and store operations. Recipients exceed team goals for the previous quarter and add value to the company in one or more of the following ways:

 

  • productivity improvement
  • customer/store service improvement
  • performance objective improvement
  • generation of expense saving/profit improvement ideas
  • working environment improvement
  • outstanding teamwork on a project or committee
  • leadership as a change agent

Pinnacle Awards are bestowed upon corporate managers in each division for outstanding performance during the past fiscal year. Winners are selected by Belk executives and honored annually in March.

Awards

Pinnacle Award

Pinnacle Awards are bestowed upon corporate managers in each division for outstanding performance during the past fiscal year. Winners are selected by Belk executives and honored annually in March.

Be the Best Award

The Be the Best program recognizes associates for exceptional performance within their individual functional areas, such as: finance; human resources; information technology; legal, tax and internal audit; real estate and store planning; and store operations. Recipients exceed team goals for the previous quarter and add value to the company in one or more of the following ways:

 

  • productivity improvement
  • customer/store service improvement
  • performance objective improvement
  • generation of expense saving/profit improvement ideas
  • working environment improvement
  • outstanding teamwork on a project or committee
  • leadership as a change agent

Pacesetter Award

The Pacesetter Award is an annual award presented to sales, sales support, and management associates at Belk whose professional performance is considered to be in the top ten percent of all staff. Recipients regularly meet sales per hour goals and represent stores that meet or exceed 100 percent of sales and direct controllable profit budgets. Individual winners are honored by their managers and recognized at various events throughout the spring season.

Award of Excellence

Belk’s Award of Excellence annually acknowledges up to six associates for outstanding individual contribution to their community. Established in 1979, this award is considered the highest honor bestowed by the organization and is intended to promote the spirit of service and volunteerism that remains a part of Belk’s core values. Winners are nominated by their peers and are chosen by a selection committee. Each winner receives a $500 prize and is honored at a luncheon in Charlotte hosted by Belk leadership in September.