Produce Program Manager

Position Type: Other Staff
Apply By: June 19, 2017
Posted: Thursday, June 15
Organization Type: Co-op Service Organization
Organization: National Co+op Grocers
Organization Location: St. Paul, MN
Organization Website: National Co+op Grocers
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Attention Produce professionals… do you believe in organic and sustainable agriculture and want to make a positive social impact? Would you like to apply your Produce knowledge to support socially responsible, independent, and community-owned grocery stores? Are you an effective and influential leader of teams? Do you enjoy travel and meeting new people?

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a member-owned business service cooperative providing a variety of services to retail food co-ops in 38 states. NCG 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.

We are seeking an energetic and experienced individual with a passion for designing, developing, and implementing dynamic produce programs. This position will assist NCG Co-ops through the development and implementation of preferred practices, product training, promotional execution and financial guidance for our member co-ops throughout the United States as well as some internal events.

This is an ideal position for Produce experts interested in having a direct impact on the success of food co-ops, their suppliers, and their communities.  This position will be based in NCG’s St. Paul, MN office, and requires up to 30% business travel.  Relocation assistance is available for this opportunity!

Primary Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with the Purchasing and Marketing departments, develop, support, and deliver improved cost of goods and effective promotional programs
  • Identify and develop NCG preferred practices, resources, and tools for produce departments
  • Work with regional development team managers to provide direction and guidance to produce retail specialists
  • Monitor legal, food safety, advocacy, consumer trends and common department issues
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with trade and vendor communities in coordination with NCG purchasing staff
  • Work with Talent Development and regional Development Teams to deliver department level training resources


  • Understanding of retail food operations, including basic financial analysis
  • Familiarity with natural and organic foods and industry trends
  • Practical understanding of purchasing/negotiating concepts, practices, and procedures
  • Bachelor's degree or above in relevant field preferred
  • Minimum of five years of experience providing multi-unit, produce department support

Our people are our assets; we offer a generous salary and benefits package including 4 weeks PTO at hire, medical, dental, company paid Life/ Disability/ Long Term Care insurance, HSA/FSA with company contribution, a matching 401K plan with profit sharing and much more.

Conveniently located between St. Paul and Minneapolis
2610 University Ave W, Suite 210 | St. Paul, MN 55114
Free Parking | Front Door Light Rail Station (Westgate - Green Line)

About NCG:
National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops in the United States. Our 148 member and associate co-ops operate over 200 retail food stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of nearly $2 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and 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 NCG member and associate co-ops, visit our Find-a-Co-op page. To learn more about co-ops, visit

Apply By:  July 03, 2017