Regional Retail Specialist

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA)
Organization location: 
Saint Paul, MN
Apply by: 
Sun, 08/31/2014

Regional Retail Specialist (Central U.S.)

Post date:  Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Specialty Area: Prepared Foods and Bakery or Meat and Seafood or Produce

Job Summary:

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) serves member and associate retail grocery co-ops around the country. We are growing our fresh department services and looking for talented individuals to join our team as Retail Specialists, providing operational guidance and expertise to our co-op retailers. Responsibilities include planning and executing new store or department openings, training and mentoring department level managers, product promotions, financial monitoring and more. Candidates will have a strong background in one or more fresh department areas: deli/bakery, fresh meat/seafood or produce.

The positions will be located in NCGA's office in St. Paul, Minnesota, and will be primarily responsible for servicing the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Central Plains states. Some travel will be required.

Essential Qualifications:

  • 3+ years practical department level operations and management experience
  • Firm understanding of managing perishables inventory and vendor relationships
  • Ability to analyze and interpret sales and financial data
  • Strong computer, communication and listening skills
  • Goal and results driven
  • Strong commitment to customer service

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Culinary skills and understanding
  • Natural and organic foods experience
  • Multiple unit management experience

This posting is for a total of three positions. There will be one hire for each of the three individual departments: prepared foods and bakery; meat and seafood; produce.

To Apply:

Please send letter of interest, NCGA cover page (download here) and resume to NCGA Human Resources via email ( or fax to (866) 927-7051.

Please be advised that no materials will be returned and applicants missing requested materials may not be considered. Applicant information will be kept confidential during the screening process, excepting references provided by applicant.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, along with a great opportunity for the right individual.

About NCGA:

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative serving retail food co-ops in the United States. Our 142 member and associate co-ops operate over 180 retail food stores in 38 states with combined annual sales in excess of $1.5 billion. NCGA helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and offer more value to food co-op shoppers everywhere. By providing a variety of purchasing, management, development, marketing and other services, our co-ops are able to gain many of the advantages large grocery chains enjoy, while still reflecting the unique qualities of their local communities. For a map of NCGA member and associate co-ops, visit our Find-a-Co-op page. To learn more about co-ops, visit


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