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Whole Foods Market Culinary Team Associate Team Leader(Prepared Foods & Bakery)-Flagstaff in Flagstaff, Arizona

Job DescriptionThe Culinary Associate Team Leader assists the Culinary Team Leader in the daily operation of the Bakery and Prepared Foods departments with a primary focus on Prepared Foods. Responsibilities included inventory control, maintenance of backstock and department sales floor, training and supporting Bakery and Prepared Foods Team Members. Exhibits desire and potential ability to move into a Team Leader position.

Priority for full-time positions will be given to Team Members in the following order: first, in-store; second, in the metro area; then in the region and across the company; and lastly, if needed, positions will be posted outside the company in order to find the best candidates.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist and support the Culinary Team Leader with all departmental functions.

  • Interview, select, train, evaluate, counsel and terminate Team Members.

  • Follow through on all customer questions and requests.

  • Create a labor schedule to leverage productivity within the needs of the department.

  • Ensure department orders for equipment, supplies and product are timely and accurate.

  • Keep all cases and shelves clean, well-stocked and properly rotated.

  • Ensure Chef/Cook are following up to date and accurate recipes.

  • Follow established food safety, cleaning and maintenance procedures.

  • Maintain accurate retail pricing and signage.

  • Oversee sampling of department products to the customers.

  • Supervise and maintain special order system.

  • Be aware of new products and their placement.

  • Ensure that product is cross-merchandised with other departments.

  • Maintain backstock areas and coolers.

  • Analyze and control product transfers, waste and spoilage.

  • Know and practice proper lifting techniques and safe use of all tools and equipment.

  • Practice proper care and maintenance of all equipment.

  • Report safety violations and hazards immediately; maintain department security.

  • Communicate with Team Members regarding all department operations.

  • Conduct scheduled inventories and submit reports.

  • Maintain a contribution margin equal to or exceeding regional averages.

  • Communicate company goals and information to Team Members.

  • Know product availability, preparation, storage and nutritional aspects.

  • Oversee adjustment of displays according to movement, promotions and profitability.

  • Keep Store Leadership informed of all events that affect the department.

  • Ensure that product mix meets varied customer dietary needs and requests.

  • Participate in regional and national sales promotions.

  • Have a good understanding of department financials and labor budgets.

  • Accept and process product from Receiver.

  • Schedule and lead department team meetings; attend store and regional meetings.

  • Visit the competition on a regular basis and react to current industry trends.

  • Perform Team Member duties as required to run the department.

  • Regular attendance is essential.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Store Leadership/Coordinator.

  • Maintain and adhere to weekly/monthly cleaning schedule.

Job Requirements:

  • Current participant or graduate of the Career Development Associate Team Leader Program (Sopac) or equivalent from another region.

  • Desire to become a Prepared Foods Team Leader.

  • Must be self-motivated and solution-oriented.

  • Excellent merchandising skills and eye for detail.

  • Must have a current Serv-Safe certificate.

  • Ability to maintain good relationships with vendors and the community.

  • Good communicator and motivator; able to work well with others and convey enthusiasm.

  • Can train and inspire Team Members to excellence in all aspects of the department.

  • knowledge of natural foods.

  • Is available for flexible scheduling to meet the needs of the department.

  • Basic knowledge of Excel, Outlook, and Word.

Working Conditions:

  • Some reaching above and below shoulder height.

  • Some exposure to dust, fumes and chemicals.

  • Repetitive use of hands and fine manipulation.

  • May need to use a ladder or stool to reach product or supplies.

  • Exposure to continuous background and occasional loud noises.

Any item over 40 pounds requires a team lift.

At Whole Foods Market, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all Team Members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.

Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah, we’re a mission-driven company too.

Whole Foods Market attracts people who are passionate - about great food, about the communities they live in, about how we treat our planet and our fellow humans - and who want to bring their passion into the workplace and make a difference.

Learn more about careers at Whole Foods Market here!

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