Learning & Development

Empowering all associates achieve their potential.

Careers for a better life.

At SpartanNash, we encourage Associates to create their own career path by developing the skills and experience they need to succeed. Whether that's through on-the-job training, stretch assignments or learning and development, the opportunities are as diverse as our workforce.

To empower Associates to achieve their potential, we provide:

  • Tuition reimbursement for qualifying positions.
  • A development planning process that encourages Associates to move across the company to broaden and expand their knowledge base.
  • Cross-training within business segments and disciplines.
  • Clearly defined career paths for positions across the company.
  • Regular check-ins between Associates and leaders to discuss goal progress and development plans.
  • Job training programs to educate Associates on the skills they need to be successful in their jobs. SpartanNash Academy includes focused topics and targeted programs for key positions, including assistant store director training, meat cutter apprenticeship, category management development and more.
  • A leadership development program that focuses on equipping leaders at all levels of the business with leadership best practices. Known as SpartanNash University, the program provides workshops, eLearning courses, assessments and cross-functional exposure.
SpartanNash formal learning programs
SpartanNash in-store retail training
SpartanNash classroom training and development programs

Formal learning programs

We have formal programs in place to help with onboarding and training new hires. After onboarding, opportunities are available for on-the-job training and online learning, including courses, facilitated workshops and industry materials.

Programs for specific career areas

SpartanNash offers leadership programs unique to each environment. A few examples include:

  • The Inspirational Leader - All business segments
  • Supply Chain University - Supply Chain
  • Achieving Your Potential - Corporate

Development programs for strategic positions

  • Person in Charge (PIC) program in Retail
  • Assistant Store Director development program
  • Category Manager development program
  • Manager-in-Training program in Supply Chain
  • Meat Cutter Apprentice program
  • Emerging Leaders program (cross-functional between Retail and Merchandising)