Store Operations Manager

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

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op has been committed to our values of sustainable business practice, growing the local foods movement and supporting our community for over 45 years. Our ideal candidate will also be committed to these goals and help us achieve them. Last year we contributed over $180,000 in donations to our local food shelves, non-profits, and discounts to low-income shoppers. We also exceeded 35% of sales from local Vermont products from over 400 Vermont Producers, that’s a record 8.5 million dollars. We are thrilled to contribute to our local economy.

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

Our benefits package includes group health insurance, optional vision and dental insurance, flexible spending account, 3+ weeks of paid time off, paid holidays, profit sharing bonus, 401k, life insurance, paid parental leave, co-op membership, employment assistance program, and more.

Starting salary is $70,000 – 80,000 depending on experience. $1,000 Hiring Bonus available after 90-days of employment.

To learn more about our amazing community, you may want to explore this link:

If you would love to work in a unique organization with devoted staff, learn more and apply on our website Please attach a resume and letter of interest.

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
70,000 - 80,000 a year depending on experience