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Team Leader, Retail Produce

New Pioneer Food Co-op

Cedar Rapids, IA

Farm/ Organics
Sales & Marketing

Skill Level: Mid Level

Position Type: Full Time

~ For over forty years, we've promoted and supported organic food production, free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and local and organic farmers. Our vision of sustainable agriculture is foods free of chemical residue and air, earth, and groundwater free of agricultural contaminants. ~

New Pioneer's founders were committed to environmental stewardship and sought food that was naturally delicious and healthful. Today we maintain those same commitments, and over 34,000 community members own a share in this grocery store that reflects their values.  

Position Overview

This skills-based position oversees and directs all activities of our service-focused retail produce department. The Team Leader will actively train, schedule, supervise, and evaluate staff to role model exceptional customer focused service while promoting New Pioneer's brand and product lines. 

The Produce Team Lead is a full time position with a benefits package.   

Working Environment: 

  • The Produce Team Leader works in retail grocery, fresh product preparation, and office environments. This can involve frequent and extended periods of time in chilled and wet environments working with a variety of natural and highly perishable products.
  • There is frequent use of trimming knives, bending, lifting and carrying, and extended periods of creating and maintaining displays and cases, as well as general computer, phone, and office requirements.
  • Extensive direct and interactive communication with vendors, customers, administrative support, and team members on the retail service floor will be a daily occurrence. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • A demonstrated drive to provide superior customer service.
  • Minimum of 3 years in a retail grocery store produce sales environment as a lead, assistant manager, or senior department staff.
  • Outstanding merchandising skills with a demonstrated ability to meet or exceed New Pioneer product standards (selection and display).
  • Knowledge of organic, natural, and commercial produce practices, organic certification and sustainability standards.
  • Supervisory experience-hiring, training, evaluating, directing, documenting.
  • Ability to read and understand financial statements in regard to margin and pricing.
  • Communications skills-good listener, clear instructions.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple demands.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments and work as constructive team member.
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 - 50 pounds on a regular basis.
  • This skill based position requires a committed schedule to include opening, closing, weekend, and holiday shifts on a regular basis.

To Apply 

Please click below: "Apply Now Online!" to email (or mail) a cover letter, resume, and references. Please indicate Produce Team Leader in the subject line. 

Team Support, Human Resources, New Pioneer Cooperative
22 S. Linn Street, Unit 2A
Iowa City, IA

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