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Manager in Training Program - entry level management training program

Manager in Training Program - entry level management training program

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12612 W Alameda Pkwy

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Job Summary

This is a fast-paced position that is designed to transition into a Store Manager role in as little as ten months!  You will act as an ambassador for our customers and will focus heavily on engaging customers and driving World Class Customer Service at our stores.  We will provide you the operational and leadership training you will need to be successful as a Store Manager. 


You will start in our Training Center learning about our processes and what we are all about here at Natural Grocers.  From there, you will make your way to one of our fabulous stores where our staff waits to welcome you and support your on the job training and learning in the ways of Natural Grocers.  You will spend several months at the store and will have time to manage each department- Produce, Dairy/Frozen, Grocery, Vitamins, Bulk, Receiving, and Front End.  In addition, you’ll learn how our Store Managers do just that, manage our stores! 


From driving sales, leading staff, managing operations, and every other critical manager process, you’ll get the chance to learn it all and by the time you graduate the program you will confidently step in as the leader at one of our stores!  Most importantly, you are going to learn why we are different and how YOU are going to continue to set Natural Grocers apart from the rest! 


Key Responsibilities



  • Exemplify World Class customer service
  • Engage our customers by focusing on customer experience , building loyalty, and overall guest satisfaction
    • Lead ambassador tables, manage our N-Power customer sign-ups
    • Drive communication and education around our company differentiators (EAP, NHC;s, Product Standards and upcoming events, demos, hotline deals,
  • Motivate and inspire team members and build strong teams
  • Oversee staff and help to resolve any customer or employee issues
  • Lead staff meetings and staff huddles
  • Engage our teams and customers in a way that supports our values and beliefs



  • Attend all required training courses and successfully pass all assessments associated with this program
  • Partner with Store Manager to develop staff



  • Effectively manage inventory and reinforce quality standards
  • Drive sales and meet store financial goals
  • Communicate and drive all company initiatives
  • Partner with HR Business Partner and Store Manager to remain in compliance with company policies
    • Includes documented disciplinary action, managing drug tests completing Feedback Forms, managing promotions, and ensuring proper processes are adhered to
  • Ensure safety guidelines are followed at all times
  • Understand and practice proper procedures when dealing with work-related injuries
  • Learn and practice administrative tasks, to include:
    • Monthly manager reports
    • Process employee payroll
    • Utilizing HRIS and ATS to complete required tasks
    • Scheduling to labor matrix / PTO management
    • Manage operations grid
  • Recruit , screen and hire employees
  • Meet operational standards of all departments


Education, Skills, and Experience Required

  • Must be willing to relocate to any of Natural Grocers’ locations after successful completion of the program
  • Possess a four-year college degree OR 1 year within Natural Grocers as a successful Department Manager with Store Manager and Regional Manager recommendation
  • Must have full store hour availability
  • Able to manage changing priorities
  • Possess strong leadership and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Possess strong analytical skills
  • Possess strong decision making skills
  • Possesses a sense of urgency in the completion of tasks and ability to stay focused with the task at hand
  • Possess excellent customer service skills
  • Show enthusiasm to lead and develop others
  • Show interest in natural/organic foods and supplements
  • Possess strong organization skills and great attention to detail
  • Ability to take direction and follow through
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel and Outlook



This job description is not an employment contract.  It does not guarantee a job or that the above listed duties are the limit of responsibilities.  The job and job description are subject to change with or without notice.  Employees are required to accomplish any and all tasks assigned to him/her by their Manager and/or other corporate Managers that may not be listed in this job description.






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