Produce Manager

Posting ID : A1068511846
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Retail Wholesale

New Grocery Store Opening in December in Costa Mesa
The Produce Manager is responsible for managing department inventory, in-stock position, pricing integrity, merchandising, labor, and other operational processes to company standards to maximize sales and gross profit. This position ensures all new department associates receive proper training and supervision and will ensure correct ordering, receiving, unloading, storage, and rotation of merchandise and building of displays.

The Produce Manager is responsible for working closely with the Store Manager, Assistant Store Managers, and Assistant Produce Manager to ensure the success of the store and department through excellent customer service and a demonstrated passion for food.

Essential Functions

Provide excellent customer service by greeting and assisting customers, and responding to customer inquiries and complaints; lead by example
Maintains an inventory that is seasonal, tasty and visually attractive
Maintains awareness of the demographics of customers to increase revenues
Keeps updated on special produce needs that arise for holidays, as well as trends in cooking and recipes that affect consumer demand
Ensures accurate and timely ordering to prevent losses that result from produce that spoils before it can be sold
Manages department inventories by tracking weekly sales reports and orders product and supplies so as to meet customer requirements and the company's gross profit goals
Schedules Produce Department employees, oversees and assists with their training, rewards and recognizes their performance and delegates their work assignments so as to most effectively utilize their talents and abilities while maximizing profits for the department
Develops and implements localized merchandising plan for the department, sets up and creates displays for new and seasonal items as well as items that are tied-in with other department promotions, in order to meet the sales and profit objectives of the store and the department
Prepares, maintains and tracks inventories to calculate gross monthly profits according to company guidelines
Follows established departmental procedures for receiving merchandise including inspecting the product when delivered, pricing the product and restocking cases to insure freshness and quality, accuracy and product rotation
Controls department expenses by improving operations and efficiencies, by controlling labor costs and by reducing losses due to shrinkage and pilferage
Maintains effective housekeeping program
Keeps merchandise clean and fresh so as to meet all health department regulations, pass sanitation inspections and meet company standards
Ensures that Produce Department employees work and operate equipment in a safe manner at all times, complying with OSHA requirements; enforces safety, health, and security rules
Ensures compliance with local, state and government weights and measures laws
Develops and maintains communications with other departments in order to devise marketing plans, which will help meet the financial objectives of the store; keeps Store Manager fully informed of these actions
Identifies areas in the Produce Department where improvement in customer service is required, then implements changes and procedures to address these needs
Maintains accurate records on all important matters, including associate performance and corrective actions, sales plans, etc
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Minimum of 2-3 years of experience working in a grocery retail setting required; previous management experience in the retail, grocery, produce or restaurant industry preferred
Experience executing goals, effectively creating change, and increasing efficiency
Knowledge of perishables is required
Excellent communication and leadership skills
Basic math skills for ordering and inventory
Strong multi-tasking skills
Must be highly motivated with a sense of urgency and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment at all times with all levels of employees
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work varied hours/days as business dictates
Physical Requirements

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Requires standing, walking, bending, climbing throughout the entire work day and the ability to lift, stack and maneuver heavy objects weighing up to 50 lbs., from 4" to 72", for a distance up 3 feet for between 10-50 hours without mechanical assistance.
Must be able to use a pallet jack to move pallets a distance up to 20 feet, requiring a force of up to 85 pounds for up to 5 hours
Must maneuver six wheel carts requiring a force up to 35 lbs., up to 2 hours, a distance up to 20 feet
Must move utility cart with a force up to 30 lbs., for a distance up to 50 feet and for up to 50 hours
Must be capable of climbing a 2 step stool to retrieve product throughout the shift
Must be able to climb a 2 step stool
Requires standing up to 4 hours continuously, and a total of 8 hours per shift
Must be able to work in freezer
Walking a total up to 5 miles in an 8 hour shift should be expected
Weekend, evening and holiday work will be required in the position; flexible store assignments
This job may have specific physical demands including, but not limited to, the following: ability to lift up to 75 lbs.; ability to operate machinery with moving mechanical parts; and ability to bend, reach, kneel, squat, stand for a long period of time and push/pull heavy loads. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

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