Lucky's Market

Job Info
  1. Job Title: Regional Produce Specialist
  2. Location: Midwest Region
  3. Number: 10332
  4. Post Date: 6/28/2018
Job description

The Regional Specialist is responsible for providing training and support for existing stores in assigned area and related sub-departments in each existing store. This position supports existing stores with training, mentoring, best practices, margin troubleshooting, scheduling re-sets, problem-solving, processes and procedures.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development and lead all existing store Produce teams - inspiring teamwork, enthusiasm, and complete product knowledge.
  • Assist, as needed, in the hiring, mentoring, coaching, and development of Produce Department Team Members by partnering with Store Director and in fostering the development of future Managers.
  • Manage vendors, brokers and team members to execute sets, end caps and displays.
  • Help establish and maintain all retail Produce standards regarding product mix, quality, merchandising, customer service, skill building, etc.
  • Communicate sales, margin and labor targets for each store and work cooperatively with Store Directors and Leadership Teams to achieve those targets.
  • Participate in resets, remodels and supports existing stores (training of existing teams, department design, design resets, fixtures).
  • Collaborate to develop programs that will continuously improve the quality of product knowledge, training, and customer service.
  • Work on special projects within the Support Office of Luckys Market.
  • Provide feedback to all vendors on product quality and service to store issues.
  • Uphold merchandising vision for all locations.
  • Up to 80 % travel may be required in this position.
  • Assist the Produce Director and the in the role of food forager for innovative local, regional and national Grocery products and merchandising techniques to grow sales.


Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Four to six years of direct retailing/sales or related experience in natural and organic retail grocery.
  • Two to four years of management experience in Produce in a multi-unit format.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Deep working knowledge of all produce (fruit and vegetables), juicing, and natural and organic retail grocery merchandising and operations.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of produce, wet racks, juicing, high volume food production, case setting, production, and taste description.
  • Extensive knowledge of culinary techniques, juicing, produce cutting and preparation.
  • Passion for the industry and broad knowledge of its potential impact on the customer are all pre-requisites.
  • Continued education and a drive for continuous learning is preferred
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, financial statements, government regulations and legal documents.
  • Ability to write presentations and present information effectively to store management, public groups, suppliers and team members
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, margins, and percentages.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Ability to work professionally with a positive attitude is a requirement
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing budgets, timelines and expectations
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and planning skills
  • Strong negotiation skills and knowledge of the vendor community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong strategic thinking skills but can roll up the sleeves to get things done.
  • Should be equally comfortable cleaning and setting shelf heights or conducting a training seminar
  • Demonstrated understanding of P&L management and budget development.
  • Passion for food, people and the willingness to explore, expand and learn. Also the willingness to share knowledge and inspire passion in others.
  • Ability to travel and commute
  • Commitment to achieving excellence.
  • Superior organizational skills for follow-through and the ability to juggle and prioritize
  • Strong work ethic, lead by example.
  • Ability to adapt to the ever changing high volume retail while working in a cross-functional team environment.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Travel up to 80% of the time must possess valid active drivers license.
  • Potential for prolonged standing, walking, squatting and/or bending on concrete floors.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Willingness and ability to enter cold cases, coolers and freezers, thereby being subjected to cold temperatures for extended periods of time.
  • Need to be able to remain calm during occasional moments of high stress when dealing with systems, vendors, customers and team members.
  • Ability to work well with limited supervision and/or in a highly visible team environment.

The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

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