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Store Manager

Community Food Co-op

POSITION SUMMARY–Store Managers oversee all areas of store operations, supervise the retail department managers, and ensure that our stores are clean, well-stocked, and well-staffed to provide a great shopping experience for member/shoppers. Store managers sit on the Co-op’s Senior Management Team.

General Responsibilities for Store Managers


  • Responsible for the overall supervision and direction of all staff engaged in retail store operations.
  • Provide day-to-day supervision to retail Department Managers.
  • Ensure that the store is clean, well-stocked, and ready-for-business at opening and that excellent store conditioning is maintained during all open hours.
  • Ensure that adequate staff is on hand to meet the daily operational needs of retail operations.
  • Ensure that staff provide prompt, friendly, knowledgeable customer service
  • Ensure that replenishment ordering systems that minimize out-of-stocks are in place for all departments
  • Ensure that inventory is managed efficiently in all departments to meet inventory management goals.
  • Ensure that all stock level requirements, signage, and other requirements for WIC or other federal or state programs the Co-op participates in are met.
  • Provide immediate feedback to staff when needed to maintain good customer service and productivity.
  • Promote cross-team problem solving and cooperation.
  • Ensure that department managers are familiar with and have access to timely financial and operating information.
  • Provide problem solving support to Department Managers.

    Central Office Programs

  • Ensure that Department Managers and store staff are well informed about marketing, merchandising, and other central office programs and plans.
  • Ensure that sufficient department and store resources are allocated to the planning and implementation of marketing, merchandising, and other central office programs.
  • Ensure that central office programs are implemented within agreed upon timelines.
  • Ensure that accommodations for staff or other actions required by L&I claim administration, the ADA or other workplace regulations or laws are understood and adhered to by Department Managers.

    Facilities, Equipment, and Safety

  • Ensure that all retail departments comply with all food safety regulations and follow safe food handling procedures at all times.
  • Ensure that the facilities and all retail and work areas are free of hazards that would compromise the safety of customers and staff
  • Ensure that readily available information for dealing with emergencies is up to date and available to staff.
  • Ensure that the store has a safety committee representative at quarterly safety committee meetings.
  • Work with Facilities as needed to ensure that equipment or facilities problems are addressed in a timely way.
  • Work with facilities or contractors as needed to minimize the impact of equipment installation or maintenance and building remodels or repairs on operations and member/shoppers.
  • Facilitate communication related to equipment installation or maintenance and building remodels or repairs to ensure that Department Managers and store staff are well informed.
  • Perform an annual facilities and equipment needs assessment to inform the annual capital budgeting process.

    Personnel and Training

  • Ensure that all departments have comprehensive training practices in place for new staff.
  • Ensure that all staff receive thorough training in department operations.
  • Ensure that department managers accommodate trainings or orientations needed for new staff members.
  • Ensure that all staff members comply with Co-op personnel policies.
  • Ensure that personnel policies are applied equitably to all staff.
  • Ensure that performance problems are addressed in a timely and constructive way.
  • Ensure that all retail Department Managers receive regular, timely feedback on performance.
  • Ensure that retail Department Managers have the training and resources necessary to fulfill their job responsibilities.
  • Provide consultation, coaching, and problem solving support to retail Department Managers in all areas of their jobs.
  • Work with HR manager to identify professional development opportunities for Department Managers.
  • Ensure that department managers engage in the annual team evaluation process.
  • Ensure that accommodations for staff or other actions required by L&I claim administration, the ADA or other workplace regulations or laws are understood and adhered to by Department Managers.

    Management Team

  • Engage in big-picture thinking to support the development of policies, programs, and procedures to achieve the goals of the Co-op’s strategic plan.
  • Participate in the development of the annual business plan.
  • Work with the GM to develop 1-3 year labor forecast, operating, and capital spending plans.
  • Participate in policy development for the Co-op.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of management team discussions.
  • Encourage an open communication staff right to give their opinion and is open and receptive to different perspectives.
  • Treat all Co-op staff with consistency and fairness, in a style appropriate to a cooperative work environment.
  • Models good member relations behavior by being open to members input and valuing their perspective.
  • Attend Board/Management retreats as required.

    Other Duties

  • Maintains the stability and reputation of the store by complying with legal requirements.
  • Familiar with and able to explain membership system simply, efficiently and completely.
  • Keeps GM informed of any problems and/or ideas.
  • Maintains a high level of natural foods industry knowledge.
  • Communicates pertinent information to employees.
  • Creates when necessary, amends and/or maintains all systems which enable the store to function efficiently and profitably.
  • Knows and promotes Co-op Principals and Mission, Vision, and Values.
  • Performs other tasks and assumes other responsibilities as directed by the General Manager

Job Requirements& Qualifications

  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to work closely and cooperatively with others.
  • Strong knowledge of retail concepts and of retail industry.
  • Understanding of natural foods industry including organic and non-GMO products.
  • At least 2 years of experience supervising and managing staff in a retail setting.
  • Ability to simultaneously track and manage a large quantity of detailed information.
  • Ability to track budgets and respond accordingly.
  • Work towards continuous improvement to encourage change; find ways to increase profitability and productivity; and improve processes, products & customer service in all departments.
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task, including organizational, prioritization, and time management skills.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Willingness and ability to learn and to meet the changing requirements of the job.
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision, communicate effectively and work under deadlines.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the business; some early mornings, evenings, holiday, and weekend shifts required.

Work Environment:

  • Work includes walking, standing, sitting, computer use, knowledge and proficiency with numbers, when on the floor; kneeling, frequent heavy lifting, repetitive hand and arm movements, bending and reaching.
  • Responsible from time to time for moving and lifting 30 – 50 pounds.
  • May be exposed to various allergens.

Important Disclaimer: Employees are expected to act in the best interest of the Co-op, even if doing so requires actions or responsibilities not listed in the above job description. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by those assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned which are not considered essential and may not be listed here.

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