Store Operations Manager

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op
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Location: Addison County,
About the Job

Our Store Operations Manager will oversee day to day operations of all sales floor departments for our $20 million natural foods market. The Store Operations Manager reports to the General Manager and will work closely with the management team to set strategy and direction for the Co-op.

Our ideal candidate will have a proven track record of:

  • Building and leading highly effective teams
  • Operating a sustainable and profitable business that benefits the community
  • Ensuring a friendly and generous store culture
  • Motivating our staff to do their best
  • Identifying and developing future leaders
  • Continuously improving systems, the customer experience, and personal skills

For 45 years we have been providing our community with local, organic and natural foods. We are committed to sustainable business practices, growing the local foods movement and supporting our community. In 2021 we contributed over $100,000 in donations to our local foods shelves, non-profits, and discounts to low-income shoppers. 34% of total sales were from local products, coming from over 400 Vermont producers. We are thrilled to contribute to our vibrant local economy.

We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits including group health insurance, profit sharing bonus, three+ weeks of paid time off, a generous store discount, paid holidays, voluntary dental insurance, and more. For more information and to complete our Co-op application visit our website at Please include a resume and a cover letter letting us know what attracts you to a leadership role at our cooperative business.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

We believe everyone has a part in creating a just and equal society. For our business that means working to refine our policies and practices to remove potential for bias, and creating an inclusive environment for all staff and customers.

Co-op staff are attending monthly small groups, building skills to support our store as a safe and respectful space where all are welcome. Here they practice various scenarios that could happen in the store and have an opportunity to talk about their experiences.

At the Co-op there are multiple options for feedback from staff, including options for anonymity. From this feedback we have made a number of changes including, but not limited to:
• raising wages
• increased social justice training
• changes on signage to be more inclusive
• addressed vendors' actions that don't support our commitment to social justice
• monthly focus groups with management and staff

We want to take actionable steps in our commitment to social justice, we are continuing to work on our plan and create ways we can hold ourselves accountable.

Wage or Salary
$60,000 to $67,000 Depending on Experience