Career Opportunities

🍎 Grocery Manager

The Springfield Food Co-op is now hiring for a full-time Grocery Manager. The Grocery Manager will select, price, and merchandise Grocery products, including bulk, refrigerated & frozen, coordinate wholesale orders, and meet objectives for sales, margin, inventory turns, and great customer service.

STATUS: Non-exempt, full-time position.
Reports to General Manager

Responsibilities:

I. PURCHASING

  • Negotiate with suppliers for favorable prices, terms, quality, and delivery. 
  • Integrate National Cooperative Grocers flyer program, core sets, monthly commitments, and the new item program.
  • Coordinate sale specials, demos, and utilize available advertising. 
  • Evaluate suppliers and investigate new sources of supply.
  • Receive orders, or ensure proper receiving by other staff in accordance with established procedures. Keep accurate receiving records. 
  • Coordinate returns and credit from suppliers where applicable. Keep accurate accounting of credit requests. 
  • Review invoices for accuracy, break into account codes, and pass on to the finance department.

II. MERCHANDISING

  • Ensure displays and shelves are fully stocked and rotated. Set stocking priorities for staff assisting in Grocery department. Stock items as needed. 
  • Plan attractive displays. 
  • Conduct periodic comparisons with competitors. 
  • Set prices to meet margin goals. Markdown items as needed to reduce losses.
  • Ensure accurate, up-to-date price labeling of department items.
  • Solicit suppliers for promotional offerings including case stack deals and member specials.
  • Provide product information to newsletter, website, customers, and staff.
  • Provide prompt, friendly, courteous customer service.

III. DEPARTMENT MAINTENANCE

  • Coordinate storage of items to be returned to suppliers. See that unsaleable items are properly disposed of. Ensure accurate shrinkage records.
  • Ensure that department shelves, displays, aisles, and storage areas are in clean, orderly condition, meeting health department standards.
  • Participate in inventory counts ensuring inventorying of department is accurate.
  • Maintain department equipment in working order. Advise General Manager of equipment repair, replacement needs, and desired equipment purchases. 

IV. PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

  • Recruit, screen, and employ qualified staff following store hiring procedures.
  • Provide extensive hands-on training and appropriate written training materials to be used in conjunction with performance evaluation as standards of performance.
  • Conduct and file written copy of performance evaluation and recommendation for pay increase (if applicable) during required time frame with the GM.

V. TASKS ASSIGNED BY GENERAL MANAGER

  • Attend management team meetings to develop marketing plan, plan promotions and ad campaigns, revise store layout, set store policies and procedures, etc.
  • Participate in NCG National Cooperative Grocers programs.
  • Participate in setting margin, sales, and labor goals for department; add or drop product lines.
  • Participate in the compilation of the annual capital and operating budgets.
  • Review daily and monthly sales reports; look for trends, problem areas, and possible actions to be taken.
  • Train, schedule, and supervise department support or member workers in department.
  • Act as an integral part of our participatory management system.
  • Maintain professional standards, i.e. punctuality, neatness, pleasant helpful manner.
  • Cashier as needed.
  • Attend industry trade shows as appropriate.
  • Keep up on industry trends, news and legislation.
  • Other duties as assigned

VI. STAFF RELATIONS

  • Maintain good working relations with other staff.
  • Follow store-wide policies and procedures.
  • Encourage team dynamics.

VII. STORE SECURITY AND SAFETY

  • Know proper procedures for handling shoplifting and robbery.
  • Know how to avoid injury.
  • Know what to do in the event of injury or an emergency.

VIII. CO-OP KNOWLEDGE

  • Know what makes a co-op different.
  • Know the difference between members and member workers and how the member worker program operates.
  • Know the structure of Springfield Food Co-op and promote membership to our customers.

IX. PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE

  • Develop a good working knowledge of all products in our store.
  • Know where to locate information about products.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Retail experience.
  • Purchasing (buying) experience, (natural/health foods experience desirable, not required).
  • Familiarity with natural and organic foods. 
  • Good organizational skills, demonstrated ability to handle multiple demands.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written, clear instructions.
  • Self-starter, demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments.
  • Knowledge of co-ops and member-owned organizations.
  • Willing to be a team player.
  • Ability to lift 25(+) lbs. 
  • Computer skills required; esp. familiarity with Microsoft Office.

We are a member-owned food co-op located in Southern Vermont for over 28 years. We aim to provide the best customer service while modeling a mission-driven business that gives back to the community.

Employees receive a fair wage, discount on all purchases, paid time off, paid holidays, and professional development opportunities.

Springfield Food Co-op is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and place of birth, age, or against a qualified individual with a disability (or any other classification protected by law).


🍎 Facilities Coordinator

The Springfield Food Co-op is looking to hire a part-time Facilities Coordinator to ensure the physical grounds of the store are maintained at the cleanliness, safety, and operational standards of the organization.


Status: Reports to Customer Service Floor Manager.
Supervises any internal cleaning staff if any, and oversees outside contracts.


Responsibilities:

I. MANAGERIAL

  • A. Manages daily operations related to facilities and physical plant.
  • B. Assist in planning budgeting for repairs and improvements each year and monitors budget to actual performance on any approved projects.
  • C. Develops and maintains working relationships with all Department Managers to assist in planning for future department renovations or improvements.
  • D. Ensures Preventative Maintenance Program is completed by outside contractors or fully trained
    staff.
  • E. Attends and helps coordinate all major events and projects.
  • F. If supervising staff, holds regular team meetings, ensuring informed and effective staff.


II. FACILITIES OVERSIGHT

  • A. Oversee building security and security policies, ensuring the building is secure at all times and staff properly trained to maintain store security.
  • B. Facilities manager must be on the call-list for off-hours security issues and must maintain an effective call-list plan at all times.
  • C. Ensure overall cleanliness of store. This includes creating systems and checklists, and oversight of daily store cleaning and cleaning staff as well as planning, scheduling, and execution of larger store cleaning projects. The organization’s overall image is upheld by its cleanliness and so all cleaning procedures must meet with the store’s objectives for cleanliness and support image.
  • D. Responsible for managing outside contracts such as: linens and rugs contractor, pest control, trash and recycling removal, preventative maintenance contracts on facilities, and for researching and sourcing new contract options when necessary.
  • E. Oversee equipment maintenance contracts for all major store equipment, setting of equipment monitoring policies to prevent loss of product and address possible issues as early as possible – Make recommendations to Floor Manager for new contracts or changes to existing contracts. The GM will be the only authorized signer on any of these contracts.
  • F. Evaluate and ensure customer and staff safety in all areas of the store, parking lot, and outdoor receiving areas at all times by establishing policies and protocols as necessary to maintain this safety. This may also include coordinating staff training on new safety protocols or processes.

III. CLEANING STAFF

  • A. Hire qualified applicants following established policy.
  • B. Ensure appropriate department-specific on-the-job training to ensure that all facilities staff is proficient in their skills and knowledge required for these positions
  • C. Conduct timely and meaningful performance evaluations in accordance with the co-op’s processes and standards for excellence.
  • D. Recommend pay raises within department budget and co-op pay scale.
  • E. Take disciplinary action as needed following established policies.
  • F. Develop master schedule for all cleaning staff according to the co-op’s needs.
  • G. Ensure department staff is informed of storewide meetings and policy changes.
  • H. Establish regular and effective team communication systems.

III. GENERAL

  • A. Attend organization meetings as requested.
  • B. Perform other tasks assigned by Floor Manager or GM as requested.


Qualifications:

  • Supervision experience–hiring, training, evaluating.
  • Experience developing systems and procedures.
  • Experience serving the public.
  • Ability to handle multiple demands.
  • Calmness under pressure.
  • Ability to project an outgoing, friendly personality.
  • Communication skills: good listening, clear instructions.
  • Experience and aptitude in understanding mechanical and operational systems.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy.
  • Willingness to work one weekend day and be on-call for overnight emergencies.
  • Regular, predictable attendance.
  • Willingness and ability to learn and grow to meet the changing requirements of the job.

We are a member-owned food co-op located in Southern Vermont for over 28 years. We aim to provide the best customer service while modeling a mission-driven business that gives back to the community.

Employees receive a fair wage, discount on all purchases, paid time off, paid holidays, and professional development opportunities.

Springfield Food Co-op is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and place of birth, age, or against a qualified individual with a disability (or any other classification protected by law).


🍎 Human Resources Manager

The Springfield Food Co-op is looking for a part-time Human Resources Manager to join our management team. This position works closely with the General Manager and department managers to uphold the best cooperative HR practices.

The ideal candidate:

  • Demonstrated experience in the Human Resource field
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Familiar with human resource law and practices
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines at once
  • Ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner
  • Organizational and professional skills

We are a member-owned food co-op located in Southern Vermont for over 28 years. We aim to provide the best customer service while modeling a mission-driven business that gives back to the community.

Employees receive a fair wage, discount on all purchases, paid time off, paid holidays, and professional development opportunities.

Springfield Food Co-op is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and place of birth, age, or against a qualified individual with a disability (or any other classification protected by law).


🍎 Produce Team Member

Come build a better world with great customer service! The Springfield Food Co-op is adding to our Produce Team. Part to Half-time position opening up, 24 hours a week minimum with the potential for more. Weekend days required. Team members provide the best customer experience around and get to participate in the positive culture that drives our store. 

Position Duties: 

Department Operations:

  • Receive orders according to department guidelines.
  • Replenish and rotate displays, spritzing and culling several times a day, following stocking guidelines set by Produce Manager.
  • Trim, wash, bundle produce following priorities set by Produce Manager.
  • Double-check for accurate signs and prices. Make signs if needed according to established marketing guidelines.
  • Attend department and storewide meetings.
  • Cover Produce Manager or Assistant shifts when out of the store, to include ordering, receiving, storing, and pricing.

Department Maintenance:

  • Dispose of damaged or spoiled goods promptly with appropriate notice given to the Produce Manager.
  • Remove trash, clean cases, and keep prep and storage areas in clean, orderly condition.
  • Use equipment safely. Monitor cooler and walk-in temperatures and follow procedures for handling breakdowns. Advise Produce Manager of equipment repair and replacement needs.

Customer Service:

  • Provide friendly and efficient customer service to all customers, even if not in the produce department.
  • Assist customers with any produce questions and special orders.
  • Offer samples and suggestions for purchase and preparation.
  • Provide product information and educational materials to customers and staff.

Required Experience:

  • Retail Experience

The Springfield Food Co-op has been a community staple for over 25 years. We provide healthy, natural, affordable grocery, household, wellness, fresh produce, and deli items. We are member-owned (over 1900 members), yet serve anyone who walks through the doors. We support the local economy with excellent jobs, fair prices to local farmers and vendors, accessible food options, and community giving.

Employees receive a fair wage, a discount on all purchases, generous paid time off, paid holidays, a family-friendly work environment, and professional development opportunities. 

Springfield Food Co-op is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, place of birth, age, or against a qualified individual with a disability (or any other classification protected by law).

Completed applications can be returned to the co-op in person or by email at hr@springfieldfood.coop.

335 River Street Suite 1, Springfield, VT 05156, (802) 885-3363

HOURS: Monday - Friday 7AM to 6PM • Saturday 8AM to 6PM • Sunday 10AM to 5PM