Assistant Store Manager
Sprouts Farmers Market - Overland Park, KS

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Summary Description

The Assistant Store Manager assists in managing daily operations of an assigned store. This position plans and prepares work schedules, supervises employees, and ensures compliance with established security, sales, and record keeping procedures and practices. In addition to support of overall store operations, the Assistant Store Manager has responsibility for all perishable departments, including Bakery, Deli, Meat, and Produce. In the absence of the Store Manager, assumes complete responsibility for all phases of store operations. Work hours may include nights, weekends and holidays. Flexibility in store assignment is also required. Handling large sums of cash in compliance with company standards is required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Greets customers and maintains good customer relations.
  • In addition to support of overall store operations, has responsibility for all perishable departments, including Bakery, Deli, Meat, and Produce.
  • Manages the perishable inventories by tracking weekly sales reports and orders product so as to meet customer requirements and the company's gross profit goals.

In the absence of the Store Manager, called upon to assume complete responsibility for all phases of store operations.

  • Looks for areas where improvements in service may be required; implements processes, procedures and/or changes to address these issues.
  • Provides constructive suggestions and encouragement, sets performance expectations, provides honest feedback, and identifies assignments to provide others with developmental opportunities.
  • Develops and implements merchandising plans, including creating attractive displays, merchandises new items, sales items and does promotional tie-ins, in order to meet the sales and profit objectives of the store and the departments.
  • Supports Store Manager with development and direction in the execution of strategies to improve product placement and appearance.
  • Monitors display accuracy and appearance to implement promotions. Ensures that products are properly displayed and ordered in a manner to maintain in-stock conditions.
  • Responsible for proper backroom inventory levels, prepares, maintains and tracks records to calculate gross monthly profits according to company guidelines.
  • Assists the Store Manager with health, safety and sanitation issues in order to maintain a safe and clean work environment for employees and customers to ensure compliance with all OSHA requirements, other governmental regulations and company standards.
  • Ensures compliance with legal requirements and company policies and procedures.
  • Forecasts, schedules, and monitors labor to be consistent with store sales and productivity guidelines and wage budgets; creates action plan to address cost control issues.
  • Directs, oversees, and evaluates the training of all perishable department employees in order to reduce and control turnover, promote more efficient operations and to provide better control over labor costs.
  • Develops and maintains communication with the other departments in the store in order to devise marketing plans which will help to meet the financial objectives of the store. Keeps Store Manager fully informed of these actions.
  • Identifies areas in perishables and other departments in the store where improvements in customer service are required, then implements changes and procedures to address these needs.
  • Maintains accurate department records on all important matters, including employee performance and discipline, sales plans, etc.
  • At times may also perform duties of staff as required.
  • Communicates sales goals, department performance and sales opportunities with staff to ensure positive results.
  • Manages issues relating to store maintenance, cleanliness, safety and sanitation.
  • Oversees and monitors handling of cash and accounting. Ensures store is secured.
  • Focuses on customer satisfaction and needs, ensures that employees provide customers with superior customer service.
  • Maintains positive working relationships with direct reports, peers, supervisors, suppliers, and customers effectively handling complex or difficult situations involving others.
  • Motivates others to perform the job and work towards common objectives. Serves as a role model to others instilling a positive attitude in employees.
  • Writes reports for accidents or other incidents such as when employees or customers are hurt within the store or in the parking lot and processes according to company procedures.
  • Responsible for overseeing all monies in the store and reviewing reports of the day's receipts as well as weekly and monthly reports.
  • Responsible for dealing with emergencies, crises, and any problems that arise during the day in the store.
  • Maintains effective contact with team members at all levels in the organization involved in store operations (i.e., Warehouse, Distribution, Regional Managers, Merchandising, etc.).
  • Responsible for ensuring dates on merchandise, such as dairy products, meats, and baked goods, are checked and expired food pulled off the shelves on a regular basis pursuant to Sprouts procedures.
  • Ensures the specials and items advertised in fliers are on the shelves.
  • Develops and trains future leaders.
  • Responsible for making sure employees are trained.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • 1-3 years retail management experience and degree in business, management, retailing, or related fields preferred, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential.
  • Strong orientation to detail and analytical skills.
  • Solid problem solving skills and decisiveness.
  • Ability to work flexible schedule.
  • Proven leadership ability to build, motivate and maintain staff.
  • Forklift/power jack training and experience.
  • Appropriate food handler's certificate/permit
  • Ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Organization and planning skills.
  • Able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to delegate effectively.
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office Software including Outlook, Word, and Excel.

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; and extreme cold.
  • Fast paced working environment.
  • Lift moderately heavy loads up to 75 lbs.
  • Ability to bend, reach, kneel, squat.
  • Able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Able to push/pull heavy loads.

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