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Assistant Kitchen Manager


General Purpose: To support the Kitchen Manager to achieve the financial targets outlined by the Store Manager, and to grow the department’s sales through the production of quality food items, outstanding customer service and creative merchandising, and by managing, supporting, and developing the Kitchen staff members through clear direction and strong leadership.

Essential Duties:

  • Assume ownership of the Kitchen in the absence of the Kitchen Manager.
  • Gain skills, knowledge, and ability needed to assist the Kitchen Manager in the following areas:
  • Achieve financial goals set forth by the Store Manager and DOO: sales, margins, and inventory.
  • Perform key human resource functions: hire and train new employees, document performance evaluations, issue disciplinary counselings, and terminations, monitor staff breaks, provide succession training, and complete supporting documentation in a timely manner.
  • Effectively manage the staff of the Kitchen through quality training, regular open communication and meetings, clearly stated expectations, and an emphasis on each employee’s growth and development.
  • Write the Kitchen schedules to effectively handle the department’s workflow, provide outstanding customer service and remain within labor budget. Also to monitor staff breaks and minimize overtime.
  • Insure the delivery of consistent, outstanding customer service in the Deli that conforms to the Customer Service Standards, including proper response to customer requests, suggestions, and feedback in a timely manner.
  • Develop and maintain an outstanding merchandising plan that addresses displays, promotions, cleanliness, new products, resets, and contributes to overall appearance of the store.
  • Execute sales/promotions in a timely manner and work with the Demo Department to sample product.
  • Ensure proper department signage.
  • Manage purchasing function with respect to proper mix, order cycles, and order books.
  • Ensure all products meet quality standards through proper rotation and by only selling fresh product.
  • Maintain an abundant stock appearance while minimizing inventory; provide organic items whenever possible and seek new sources for organics.
  • Manage shrink and monitor credits through effective organization and follow through.
  • Maximize time spent on sales floor (spend a minimum of 75% of scheduled hours on the sales floor).
  • Promote and maintain a positive, clean and safe atmosphere for shopping and working.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist with quarterly inventories of the Kitchen.
  • Assist other team members in achieving the goals of the Deli Department and the store.
  • Attend all scheduled all-store meetings, and assist Kitchen Mgr in facilitating regular Department meetings (minimum of 1/Qtr).
  • Know store layout/product location to walk the customer to the appropriate aisle when asked.
  • Adhere to and enforce all Deli and Store policies as outlined by the Kitchen Manager, Staff Member Handbook and Injury and Illness Prevention Plan.

Qualifications:

  • General knowledge of Deli Counter operations (quality food production, hygiene/sanitation, margins, ordering, inventory control, merchandising, personnel management).
  • Must have intermediate math skills, and be (or be willing to complete training to become) computer literate with experience in Windows, Outlook Express, Word and Excel.
  • Strong skills in communication, listening, organization, time management and the ability to provide and coach legendary customer service.
  • Leadership and team-building skills with the ability to coach, motivate, supervise, delegate, and constructively address performance issues.
  • Willing to work early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to understand, follow, and enforce Department of Health regulations, and obtain a Food Handler’s Certificate within 10 days of employment.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs throughout any assigned shift unassisted.
  • Ability to work safely around kitchen machinery and sharp knives.
  • Ability to travel and/or transfer to other store locations.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs throughout any assigned shift unassisted.
  • Ability to push/pull a loaded Kitchen cart/rolling rack throughout any assigned shift unassisted.
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to stoop, kneel and crouch.
  • Ability to reach above shoulders and horizontally to stock and retrieve inventory.

Work Environment:

  • Ability to work under a variety of conditions and temperatures, wet and dry, for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work safely around kitchen machinery and sharp knives.

* This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job. This position description is subject to revision at any time.