Hiring: Meat & Seafood Dept Manager

Position: Working with the Management Team, the Meat Department Manager will play a central, full-time role in building our startup business by leading the planning, development and operation of the Meat and Seafood Department to meet the dual objectives of A) creating a unique meat and seafood program that delivers a differentiated and enjoyable customer experience and B) achieving company targets for sales, margins, labor, budgets, and customer service. Key to this position will be leading and training department staff to perform in a professional, courteous and positive manner in selecting, preparing and serving quality products to customers. The position will initially focus heavily on the creation of systems, standards, and operational procedures. This position will report directly to the Store Manager.

Include but are not limited to…

–OPERATIONS PLANNING: Develop and maintain operating procedures, schedules, checklists, logs and food quality and safety standard programs for the department. Create sales, margins and labor expenses projections and budgets with Store Manager for the department. Coordinate meat and seafood operations, offerings and marketing with the overall customer experience, service and environment envisioned for the entire store.

–DEPARTMENT SUPERVISION: Oversee all aspects of the meat and seafood department. Directly oversee department staff to provide excellent customer service, department maintenance and merchandising of department displays. Ensure adherence to quality, consistency and safety standards according to HACCP and management. Receive, review and analyze financial reports.

–PERSONNEL SUPERVISION: Post open staff positions, select qualified applicants and schedule labor hours within payroll allocation. Provide orientation, training, direction and expectations to department staff in displaying, stocking and maintaining department, as well as meat cutting specs and procedures for excellent results. Motivate staff to work as a positive team. Provide regular feedback to staff and conduct performance reviews. Take disciplinary action as needed following established policies. Organize and conduct department meetings and monthly safety meetings. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

–PURCHASING: Oversee ordering supplies and products from external or internal vendors to ensure adequate and consistent inventory levels and satisfaction of customer demand. Review and track invoices for accuracy; ensure proper, accurate and timely processing of invoices; secure and process credits from suppliers for returned or low quality product. See that unsellable items are recorded and properly disposed. Receive and inspect deliveries for accuracy following established procedures. Maintain organization of back-stock areas for rotating effectiveness.

–MERCHANDISING: Implement promotions, sales and pricing strategies. Plan attractive displays and ensure that displays are replenished, rotated, and checked for quality. Source products that will delight the local community and differentiate the meat and seafood program. Ensure that preparation of cuts of meat produce best yield and customer appeal. Maintain clear, accurate and appealing signage. Assist customers with product questions and special orders. Supervise staff to deliver prompt, friendly, courteous customer service and to offer suggestions for purchases and preparation. Ensure accurate, up-to-date price and COO labeling of department items. Oversee rotation of product to ensure freshness and conduct monthly inventory counts.

–DEPARTMENT MAINTENANCE: Ensure preparation, display, cooler and freezer areas are maintained in a sanitary, well-organized condition that meets safety and health department standards. Maintain department equipment in working order and coordinate for repair or replacement of equipment when needed. Ensure proper dating and labeling procedures are followed. Keep daily temperature logs on all refrigeration and freezer equipment.

Qualifications: Someone with at least two years of experience in meat-cutting and/or management of a meat department with particular knowledge in hiring, training, evaluating, and directing personnel. Also knowledge of food safety and sanitation regulations at Federal, State and Local Government levels. Able to work as a positive team member and be personable, creative, hard working and good at inspiring and delegating to others. This individual must be excited to be a leader in building a startup business and able to thrive in a fast paced, sometimes stressful, environment and manage changing priorities and multiple tasks simultaneously with an attention to detail. S/he must have good skills in organization, problem solving, time-management, communication, coaching and operations planning. Knowledge of sanitary food handling, preparation techniques and knife skills. Able to lift up to 50 pounds and stand for extended periods of time. Able to handle kitchen chemicals and hazardous equipment with proper training.

This person must be committed to our social mission and appreciate its importance to the business. We seek someone who is culturally competent and able to work well with the ethnic diversity of the community. Familiarity with and knowledge of West Oakland is a strong preference. A passion for good food and sharing that passion with others is also highly desired.

This position description does not promise or imply that the functions listed are the only duties to be performed or that the position may not change or be eliminated. Employees are always expected to follow their supervisors’ instructions and to perform tasks requested of them.

Compensation: The salary will be $50,000, with a possibility of a higher salary offer based on experience and qualifications. We offer a 15% discount on purchases throughout the store, bottomless free coffee, a medical plan after 90 days of employment, and a 401K retirement plan after one year of employment. Paid vacation will begin to accrue after one year of employment.

Please send current resume, three professional references and a brief cover letter to morgan@communityfoodsmarket.com.

Community Foods Market is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We value diversity and inclusion. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Arrest record or felony conviction does not automatically preclude an applicant from employment with our business.

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