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District Deli & Bakery Retail Specialist

At SpartanNash, we deliver the ingredients for a better life through customer-focused innovation. We do this for our supply chain customers and U.S. military commissaries, retail store guests and, most importantly, our Associates. In fact, we see a day when each will say, “I can’t live without them.”

Our SpartanNash family of Associates is 17,000 strong, ranging from bakery managers to order selectors; from IT developers to vice presidents of finance; from HR Business Partners to export specialists. Each of them plays an integral role in SpartanNash’s People First culture, Operational Excellence and Insights that Drive Solutions. Ready to contribute to the success of our food solutions company? Apply now!


835 S. Washington Street - Bismarck, North Dakota 58504

Job Description:

Position Summary:

This role is responsible to provide direction and support to retail department managers to drive category performance and achieve sales, growth and profitability objectives. Monitor and access store performance, develop and implement new processes, procedures and programs to increase productivity, and assist in new and re-model store opening, set-up, training and operations.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Responsible for assigned retail stores to meet and deliver established sales and profitability through merchandising plans and processes.

  • Ensure the successful and consistent implementation of category business plans and merchandising plans in collaboration with department management; plans include the areas of assortment, pricing, promotion and shelf placement.

  • Participate in the operational execution of retail policies, plans and programs in areas of inventory and asset management, merchandising, facilities maintenance, safety and security.

  • Monitor and access assigned retail stores performance vs. budgeted goals and objective; analyze and identify opportunities for improvements and assist to develop strategies that position stores to perform at or above budget levels.

  • Responsible to work with assigned group of stores to manage and control the location(s) operations to ensure consistency with Company standards, policy and expectations.

  • Collaborate with internal departments (i.e., Marketing, Merchandising, Promotions, etc.) to support consistent execution of approved advertising plans and store promotions.

  • Responsible for providing coaching, training, direction and support to retail department associates.

  • Instruct and align associates' functions and duties to meet the productivity standards.

  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends and best merchandising practices; make recommendations to improve current programs and processes.

  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Associate's Degree (Required) Marketing, Business Administration or other related field or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Three years' experience in merchandising or management in a retail setting.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to develop positive working relationships with both internal and external customers.

  • Strong organizational, prioritization, project management and analytical skills.

  • Ability to provide work direction to associates and coordinate team workload.

  • Ability to drive, develop and execute new programs to create sales and profits for future growth.

  • Basic knowledge of retail stores and grocery department functions.

  • Ability to maintain a strong customer focus and a high degree of professionalism when dealing with internal customers and leaders.

  • Strong proficiency in MS office applications (i.e., Word, Excel, etc.).

  • Ability to travel up to 75% to retail locations to include local and overnight travel.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

May be required to lift and/or move 20 pounds. The associate is frequently required to sit/stand/walk. While performing the duties of this position, the associate is subject to a typical office environment and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions. Temperatures may vary for those subject to any of the following areas: computer/server room, print shop, production area). The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate but may be high in distribution settings. Travel requirements vary by assignment.


As part of our People First culture, SpartanNash is proud to offer a robust and competitive Total Rewards benefits package.

SpartanNash is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and veteran, that celebrates diversity and believes employing a diverse workforce is key to our success. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals.

We are not able to sponsor work visas for this position.

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