Produce department assistant managers (grocery) are in charge of facilitating the ordering and allocation of produce for their store. They are responsible for managing inventory and ordering new products as needed. They must have strong interpersonal skills to lead the produce department staff to reach all departmental objectives in a timely manner. Their main duties also include assisting the produce manager with managing grocery stock, pricing, merchandising, and expense control processes. They utilize a computer system to keep accurate records of produce ordered, sold, and additional requests to produce vendors.
Additionally, produce department assistant managers help delegate daily responsibilities to employees within the department, training, coaching, and disciplining personnel as needed. They follow strict safety procedures when receiving and handling produce to prevent contamination and unnecessary waste. They also report any produce issues, as well as make product location recommendations based on their observations. Additionally, they often assist in the process of interviewing and selecting produce employees. Generally, these professionals report their progress to the manager in the produce department. They work in a grocery store environment that requires standing, walking, bending, and climbing throughout the entire work day and the ability to lift, stack, and maneuver objects regularly.
A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required for this position. In addition, previous experience in a grocery store and/or produce department is often required or preferred as well. Produce department assistant managers must have strong merchandising and multitasking skills, as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. They should work well in a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision.
Produce Department Assistant Manager (Grocery) Tasks
Receive deliveries of products, oversee stocking, ensure accurate pricing and signage, and monitor product quality.
Run the department when the perishables manager is absent, assuming full management of employees and scheduling.
Assist in managing department employees, participating in the hiring process, conducting training, and supervising employee performance.
Maintain sanitation and safety standards, report any food safety concerns.