Grocery Department Manager
Department of Defense - Carlisle Barracks, PA

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The foundation for success of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) mission is our people. It is DeCA’s goal to have a workforce that is representative of the nation’s diverse cultures and backgrounds. We strive for a work environment of world-class enterprise leaders and an engaged, highly motivated, and capable workforce with a results oriented performance culture.

The DeCA operates a worldwide commissary system that provides quality grocery products at cost to active duty military personnel and retirees, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and their families. The agency employs about 18,000 people and its annual sales exceed $5 billion.


Must be a United States citizen

Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.

•Directs all department activities that may include a small warehouse or repositioning area, a separate receiving area and/or contract shelf stocking.
•Supervises department employees in the assignment of duties and balance of workload.
•Ensures ordering, receiving, stocking, pricing, selling and subsistence supplies are properly maintained.
•Works with vendors, contractors, and delivery personnel to correct item deficiencies.
•Manages the merchandising operations of the store and ensures that all end displays and special product promotions are properly displayed and promoted.
•Enforces safety rules and regulations.

In accordance with the Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, and applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree OR two full years of graduate level education OR LL.B or J.D., if related OR a combination of education and experience by the closing date of this announcement.

In order for Wage System experience to be creditable, the experience must include at least 12 months as a Wage Supervisor (WS). Holding a WS position for 12 months in a 6914 or 7407 occupation may qualify a candidate for grade levels up to the GS-11 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience include: Managing a commissary store, supermarket, or similar type of commercial retail food store. Managing a department in a retail food store. Planning, standardizing, or controlling operations in an assigned group of commercial retail food stores. Developing, interpreting, or applying policies, procedures, and operating standards for use in a retail food store. Providing technical advice on merchandising and operational matters pertaining to grocery, meats, and produce, as well as front end operations.

Appropriate education may be substituted for or combined with experience. This education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See .

To be creditable, education must be in a major field such as business administration, public administration, agricultural economics (food industry management), or other fields related to the position. The education must have equipped the applicant with the knowledge and ability to perform the work of the position. This would be evidenced by on-the-job training in food retail management or an internship or practicum in food retail management.

Transcripts must be provided if you are using education to qualify. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant’s name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received by this office no later than 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered.

In addition to meeting the qualification outlined above, you must also meet the following requirements:

• Time-In-Grade Requirement: Current or previous federal employees must have held a permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service for a minimum of 52 weeks at the GS-07 grade level (or equivalent) to be eligible for this position by the closing date of this announcement. Education may not be substituted for time-in-grade.
• Time after competitive appointment: Candidates applying under merit promotion must have completed three months of civilian service after a competitive appointment by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered. (Regulation 5 CFR 330.501)

Conditions of Employment:
• Work Schedule: Full Time
• Tour of Duty: Irregular Schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays
• Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Costs: ARE Authorized
• Position Sensitivity: Non-Critical Sensitive
• Security Requirements: Not Applicable
• Overtime: Occasionally
• Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally
• Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
• Bargaining Unit Position: No
• Drug Testing: Not Required
• Physical Requirement: May be exposed to hot or cold weather, or damp and drafty condition when working in the storage or receiving area. May be exposed to difference in temperature when storing or obtaining items from chill or frozen storage rooms. Work involves frequent lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying and handling of commissary products weighing up to forty pounds unassisted and occasionally over forty pounds with assistance.
• Selective Service Requirement: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system. Please visit for more information.
• Obligated Position: No

Other Notes:
• Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing for up to 90 days.
• Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.
• Applicants that have had a position change that involved a permanent change of station (PCS) move are deferred from referral consideration for a period of one year, unless the vacancy is within the local commuting area of the employee's current duty station.
• Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
• Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
• Overseas Employees: DeCA employees working overseas MUST submit copies of your latest SF-50, showing your grade and salary.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

• Knowledge of commissary or retail grocery operations.
• Ability to lead and/or supervise.
• Ability to manage the merchandising operation for the store.
• Skill in resolving problems encountered in day to day operations.
• Ability to meet and deal with diverse groups of people.
• Ability to perform inspections of store equipment.

To determine if you meet the qualifications, requirements and quality of experience required for this position, we review your resume, supporting documents and responses to the questionnaire. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required. If, after this review, we determine that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience we can and will adjust your score to more accurately reflect your qualifications for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Based on the results of the evaluation process, we place those who apply under delegated examining procedures in one of the following quality categories:

Best-Qualified: Candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the position’s minimum qualifications, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factors.

Highly-Qualified: Candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceeds the position’s minimum qualifications.

Qualified: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and are proficient in some but not all of the position’s requirements.

We send candidates in the Best-Qualified category to the hiring manager for employment consideration first. We send candidates in other categories to the hiring manager based on category rating procedures.

Veterans in the Best-Qualified category who (1) provide all applicable and required documents (See the Required Documents section for more information) and (2) meet all the positions’ requirements are referred before non-veteran candidates. If there are no veterans in the Best-Qualified category meeting these criteria, we refer non-veteran candidates for employment consideration.

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REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

RE-EMPLOYED ANNUITANT: A former federal employee who has retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or re-determined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at ). This position DOES NOT meet the Department of Defense (DOD) criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants. Therefore, reemployed annuitants will not be considered for this position. - 2 years ago - save job
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