Produce Department Manager
Department of Defense - Camp Pendleton, CA

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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 $6 billion.
  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.

DUTIES: • Directs the duties of the department and provides administrative and technical supervision to department employees.
• Directs duties associated with the proper merchandising of all fruits and vegetable products.
• Designs and rotates seasonal and promotional areas within the department.
• Coordinates price adjustments with the commissary officer to ensure operation with narrow percentage tolerances.
• Uses automated tools to produce price changes, prepare price lists, and prepare for inventories.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In accordance with the Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for General Schedule (GS) Positions under the General Coverage 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 progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree 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; developing, interpreting, or applying policies, procedures, and operating standards for use in a retail food store. Planning, standardizing, or controlling operations in an assigned group of commercial retail food stores. 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 for more information.

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 qualifications outlined above, you must also meet the following requirements:

Time-in-Grade: 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 (or equivalent) level to be eligible for this position. 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. (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: N/A
• Overtime: Occasionally
• Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally
• Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
• Bargaining Unit Position: No
• Drug Testing: Not Required
• Physical Requirement: May require the applicant to work in unusual or extreme temperatures. Requires frequent lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, and handling of products weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted; occasionally more than 40 pounds with assistance. Involves prolonged standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, and climbing.
• 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:

• 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 period.
• Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing for up to 90 days.
• 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.
• This position is located at Camp Pendleton Commissary.
• This position may be filled at the GS-07 or GS-09 grade level.
• If selected at a grade below the target grade of the position, you may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory and promotion is recommended by the supervisor. Promotion is not guaranteed.
• Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.
• Overseas employees must submit most recent SF-50.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies :

• Knowledge of commissary or retail grocery operations.
• Ability to lead and/or supervise.
• Skill in using automation equipment.
• Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
• Ability to meet and deal with diverse groups of people (employees and customers).
• Knowledge of OSHA and DeCA safely and sanitation procedures.
• Ability to make general mathematical computations.


To determine your qualifications, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the questions. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required.

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.

BENEFITS: The federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. You may explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees at .

OTHER INFORMATION: 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.

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