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Asset Protection Agent

Job ID 1631919BR Date posted 07/12/2019 Location Bedford, New Hampshire Location Name Bedford, NH Address 222 South River Road Employment Type I Full time Employment Type II Regular Line of Business Store Department LWS_USA_Loss Prevention Region 18

Purpose of Role
The primary function of the Asset Protection Agent (APA) is to meet asset protection objectives, prevent inventory shrinkage and deter criminal activity. This includes providing coaching/ training to associates and store leadership on identifying and deterring external theft through implementing Lowe’s shrink programs. The APA will coordinate efforts with the Senior APOSM, DAPOSM and MORCM to identify key merchandise and stores that are being externally impacted. Based on external and Organized Crime activity the APA will leverage data/ resources to create a plan addressing exposures with training and external focuses to reduce activity. The APA is responsible for investigating and resolving issues related to criminal activity in accordance with Local, State, and Federal laws or company policy. Primarily focused on asset protection, operations, and safety policies/ procedures, the APA will monitor merchandise, customer, and associate activity as needed, reporting infractions to Store and AP Leadership. The APA will also support investigations of all company policies/ procedures when required. An individual in this position may on occasion need to effectively respond to potentially violent and/or physical altercations and will therefore need the ability to make quick, effective decisions and maintain an appropriate level of composure. Lastly, the Asset Protection Agent is responsible for completing all other duties as assigned

Responsibilities

  • Investigates organized retail crime activity in assigned locations and prevents external theft, based on company guidelines
  • Partners with Store Management, SAPOSM, DAPOSM and MORCM to identify key areas being externally impacted, create plans to reduce loss and conduct training with store associates.
  • Partners with store associates to deter external theft by conducting training on external shrink programs (i.e. SMART customer service, product protection, high theft merchandise training with front end etc.)
  • Educate store associates on shrink trends, methods of theft and the tools/resources available to use in the prevention of further loss
  • Maintain and update all awareness, statistical and recognition programs/ certificates related to high theft items to bring awareness to the team.
  • Monitors merchandise entering and leaving the store entrances and exits via CCTV (video surveillance system) to identify external/internal activity.
  • Observes employee and customer behavior in the store using video surveillance systems; and establishes surveillance on shrinkage items and on employees in departments with shortages.
  • Analyzes associate and customer shopping behaviors for irregularities indicative of theft.
  • Ensures shoplifters are apprehended in accordance to company policies and procedures, and according to local, state and federal laws.
  • Conducts interviews in accordance with local laws and company policy on customers and vendors suspected of theft, reports suspected fraud to AP Management and Market Investigations as needed.
  • Prepare, complete and maintain on all case reports related to associate recoveries, Asset Protection apprehensions and Known Theft cases
  • Completes prescribed tasks in Case Management System
  • Participates in court hearings, if applicable. Updates case files and maintains relationships with local Law Enforcement
  • Detects, deters, and investigates violations of company policies and criminal activities by investigating alleged fraud and other alleged illegal activities; intervenes in and resolves safety violations; conducts internal and external theft investigations to manage operational, internal, and external shrinkage; obtains evidence, takes statements, and writes case reports; and participates in collaborative efforts with other investigative entities
  • Validates physical security of the building, per company policy/procedure, throughout the day (Gates, Keys etc.)
  • Determines cause with associates and customers who have triggered emergency exit and EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) alarms and resolves issues.
  • Work assigned Exception Based Reporting, relating to external and internal loss.
  • Supports internal investigations by reporting any suspicious activity or fraud to AP Management and/or Market Investigations. Participates in collecting evidence regarding internal investigations as needed.
  • Provides feedback to SAPOSM and/or DAPOSM on audit/inspection findings

Travel Requirements
  • Daily day trip travel required. Overnight/Multiple Night travel less than monthly.

Required Education/Experience
Minimum Qualifications
  • Associate’s Degree or higher in Psychology or one or more years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Safety, Business, or related loss prevention/asset protection field.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting retail investigations (i.e., has conducted at least one retail investigation).
  • Experience in using physical security systems (e.g., CCTV, EAS).
  • Experience in investigations with Organized crime and Asset Protection
  • National certified training program (e.g., WicklanderZuwalski or Reed training).
  • Professional accreditation (e.g., LPQ) or equivalent experience.

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Lowe’s is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and administers all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, genetics or any other category protected under applicable law.

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