• Regional Grocery Specialist

    Job Locations US-MO-Kirkwood
    Requisition ID
  • Job Description

    Are you passionate about the retail grocery market and organic products? Are you a leader?  Are you ready to join one of the fastest growing companies in the retail grocery market?  If so, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is the place for you!  Our unique business model, fast paced and growing environment, promote from within culture, and excellent benefits make Fresh Thyme the best employer in the grocery market.  Careers have been blooming at Fresh Thyme since our inception in 2012 - yours should be no different!


    The Regional Grocery Specialist is responsible to develop, implement, train and enforce company standards for the Grocery department management for New Store Openings and existing stores within your assigned region.  This includes acting as the subject matter expert for all grocery products and department procedures, understanding and complying with all company requirements, providing training for new and existing Grocery Managers and working with other departments to improve overall store processes within your assigned region.


    Essential Duties & Responsibilities

    • Manage all aspects of new store opening in the Grocery Category including staffing, training, product & supply ordering, store set-up, merchandising according to outlined schematics
    • Verify proper equipment, small wares, tagging and sign packages for new stores
    • Responsible for all aspects of profitable department operations both pre and post opening by managing ordering quantities and enforcing proper receiving procedures
    • Ensure labor budgets are met and in-line with store volume for pre-open as well as post-opening
    • Lead Department Manager on Store Operational Procedures and the overall on-going successful management of the Grocery Department
    • Complete Store Operational Audits as assigned
    • Assist in re-sets, remodels and special projects as assigned – including outside of your Department 
    • Works with other departments to develop processes relating to the grocery department operations that meet the objectives of the company standard.
    • Works with Store Directors to identify specific issues related to front end operations with a given store and make recommendations for improvements.
    • Communicates all activities to NSO Director Operations
    • Provides timely reporting and status updates pertaining to special projects
    • Other duties as assigned.


    Education and Experience

    • B.S./B.A. degree in a business or related field preferred, or equivalent working experience
    • 5+ years grocery retail experience
    • 3+ years successful retail grocery department management
    • Previous experience in a natural foods industry is a plus. 
    • Familiar with POS Systems 


    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Must maintain the highest level of customer service at all times.
    • Strong leadership abilities including decisiveness, creativity and vision.
    • Ability to adapt to fast changing environments and to work with various business functional areas.
    • Skilled at Multi-tasking, task prioritization, and team management and motivation.
    • Consultative/Collaborative orientation
    • Excellent financial understanding teaching skills
    • Ability to adapt to the ever-changing high volume retail while working in a cross-functional team environment.
    • Must have the capacity to take initiative when problems arise.
    • Available for extensive travel covering all Fresh Thyme Stores on a quarterly basis
    • Must have advanced attention to detail with the capability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
    • Excellent written communication and documentation skills.
    • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills for dealing cross functionally with peers and senior management.
    • Must have strong working knowledge with MS Office including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
    • Ability to multitask and have excellent organizational skills is essential.
    • Must be able to support and contribute to team goals.


    Physical Demands
    • Sit Rarely 1–2 hours
    • Stand Continuously 1–8 hours
    • Walk Continuously 2–8 hours
    • Drive Frequently 2-4 hours
    • Balance Frequently 34–66%
    • Bend Occasionally 1–33%
    • Climb (2–6 ft) Occasionally 1–33%
    • Crawl Occasionally 1–33%
    • Crouch/Squat Occasionally 1–33%
    • Kneel Occasionally 1–33%
    • Reach (forward & overhead) Frequently 34–66%
    • Twist (45 degrees at waist) Occasionally 1–33%


    • 0–10 lbs. Occasionally 1–33%
    • 11–25 lbs. Occasionally 1–33%
    • 26–50 lbs. Occasionally 1–33%
    • 51–100 lbs. Never 0%


    Repetitive Motion
    • Right & Left Grasping Frequently 34–66%
    • Fine Manipulation Occasionally 1–33%
    • Pushing and Pulling Occasionally 1–33%
    • Lower extremities Never 0%

    Environmental Conditions:
    • Inside – 90% Outside – 10%
    • Some extreme temperatures are possible. Some ventilation and exhaust fans.
    • Refrigerated and ambient environment 35 to 90 degrees


    About Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market: 

    ‘Supermarket of the year in 2016’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine.

    Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a full-service specialty retailer focusing on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. We have opened up over 47 stores since 2013!  Our stores boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 300 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen, and health supplement products. At Fresh Thyme, we believe you shouldn’t have to give away the farm to feed your body nutritious food. We’re on a mission to improve the way our communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values -all in a vibrant and fun shopping environment, with smiling friendly faces. Our stores don’t follow traditional grocery store design, nor do they have tall aisles or glitzy fixtures. In fact, our stores are so simple and easy to navigate that we don’t number our aisles or hand out store maps. We believe shopping for fresh and healthy food should be easy and enjoyable.



    Please click on the short video hyperlink about Fresh Thyme and see what we're all about:


    About Fresh Thyme Farmers Market



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