Produce Department Manager
Department of Defense - Fort Wainwright, AK

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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.

• Serves as Manager of the Produce Department on a Commissary Store.
• Orders, receives, stores, processes, prices, displays and inventories all produce.
• Directs all department activities and provides administrative and technical supervision for department employees.

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-05 grade level OR one year of graduate level education or the qualifications for superior academic achievement OR a combination of education and experience by the closing date of this announcement.

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. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

Wage Leader (WL) or Wage Supervisor (WS) experience may be creditable. Holding any of the following for at least 12 months may qualify you for positions up to and including the GS-07 grade level: WL-6901, WL-6907, WL-6914, WL-7407, WS-6901 or WS-6907. Additionally, holding a WS-6914 or WS-7407 for at least 12 months may qualify you for positions up to and including the GS-11 grade level.

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 in 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.

Conditions of employment:
• Work Schedule : Full Time
• Tour of Duty : Irregular Schedule may include nights, weekends, and holidays
• Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Costs : ARE NOT Authorized
• Position Sensitivity : Non-Critical Sensitive
• Security Requirements : Not Applicable
• 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:
• 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.
• The starting salary listed does not include the cost of living allowance (COLA).
• 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.
• Skill in using automated equipment.
• Ability to meet and work with diverse groups of people.
• Knowledge of Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other safety and sanitation procedures.
• Ability to use general mathematical equations.
• Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

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 have 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 factor(s).

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 position’s 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.

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

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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