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Assistant Store Manager

The Carlisle Group • Frederick, MD

Posted 28 days ago

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Retail, Food
Grocery, Retail, Management

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Job Description

The Carlisle Group has been retained to search for an Assistant Store Manager to help manage the operations of a strong natural foods cooperative building a new store in Frederick, Maryland. This unique organization offers the opportunity to work with a group of caring individuals committed to building a prosperous, just, and vibrant local food economy, connecting consumers with local food sources. This organization has been growing steadily in Frederick since 1974.


  • Ensures a strong management presence in store at all times (including coverage for department managers due to absence or operating needs) and during special events.
  • Coordinates and oversees the efficient progress and completion of maintenance projects throughout the store; directs staff associated with such projects.
  • Acts as direct supervisor of building maintenance associates and the direct manager of Grocery and Wellness managers.
  • Implements and maintains storewide facility maintenance schedules.
  • Maintains professional relationships with repair and maintenance vendors.
  • Maintains compliance with, and responds to requests from, the Health Department or other State agencies.
  • Participates in regular department inventories and enhancements to overall system.
  • Reviews financial reports of department performance (with respect to sales growth, labor, margin, and turns) and takes corrective action as needed.
  • Participates in the development of the Annual Business Plan and the operating and capital budgets for Grocery and Wellness.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of department layouts and product locations for sales volume, aesthetics, and shopping and stocking efficiency.
  • In coordination with HR Manager, supervises significant personnel actions in Grocery or Wellness.
  • Keeps Grocery and Wellness staff informed of storewide news, policy/procedural changes, and organizes department meetings.
  • Takes responsibility for ensuring that essential equipment and supplies are available for operations.
  • Regularly facilitates and participates in meetings for Grocery and Wellness management. Ensures a process exists for regular Grocery and Wellness department meetings.
  • Participates in department, storewide, and other meetings, including Board Meetings, when requested.
  • Keeps abreast of, tactfully up­holds, and explains reasons for co-op policies and procedures.
  • Ensures effective, respectful communication within and between Grocery and Wellness.
  • Guides product additions and deletions, following merchandising standards and Board policies.
  • In coordination with File Support Maintenance and Marketing, ensures that promotional signage is accurate, up-to-date and follows the co-op’s established format.
  • Stays abreast of developments in the natural products industry and product selection by attending trade shows, reading trade publications, etc.
  • Maintains an awareness of new and existing competitors’ promotions and price points, performing periodic comparisons of product selection and pricing with competitors.
  • Ensures up-to-date product information is provided for newsletters, annual reports, and other internally produced publications.
  • Works with Grocery and Wellness managers to correct and improve customer service, and thereby also reduce costs associated with delivering poor service.
  • Participates in establishing goals and monitoring systems for the delivery of consistently excellent customer service.
  • Ensures that adequate Grocery and Wellness staffing is available to handle demands (filling in, when necessary) without impacting the consistent provision of excellent customer service.
  • Models providing excellent customer service internally and externally and enforces related policies in staff.
  • Models resolving both internal and external complaints gracefully, tactfully, and efficiently, and enforces related policies in staff.
  • Models a welcoming and presentable appearance by remaining neat, clean, and well-groomed throughout the workday, adhering to the dress code, and greeting customers and staff in a friendly manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education or experience.
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a retail management position.
  • A minimum of one (1) year experience and familiarity with natural foods.
  • Supports the co-op’s core values and aligns with the Co-op Code of Conduct.
  • Adapts readily based on evolving co-op needs or in response to feedback.
  • Maintains composure in highly stressful or adverse situations.
  • Computer proficiency, familiarity with MS Office Suite, and experience with POS and receiving systems preferred.


  • Flexibility to work any shift, including mornings, middays, evenings, weekends.
  • Ability to work in varying temperatures (approximately 20°F – 95°F).
  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods at a time.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, reach, kneel, twist, and climb.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds unassisted.
  • Consistent and reliable access to transportation. 
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