What does a Grocery Manager do?

Grocery managers oversee the daily operations at grocery stores and big-box retailers with a grocery department and oversee all grocery store staff. As managers, they resolve any employee disputes that arise, direct staff, assign duties, and discipline staff if needed. They're also responsible for scheduling shifts and vacation days, and when necessary, they dispense employee paychecks on the agreed-upon schedule. They hire and train new grocery store staff members and operate cash registers and ring up customer purchases.

Grocery managers regularly inspect the store to determine what tasks need to be completed by staff and monitor inventory and update logs. They pay close attention to store inventory, looking for expired or spoiled items, empty shelves, retail areas, messes, or spills that need clean up. They listen to customer complaints and work together to find satisfying resolutions, including a refund or store credit, and they reconcile store transactions and prepare bank deposits. Grocery managers need a high-school diploma or GED and pass work experience in management or a grocery department

What responsibilities are common for Grocery Manager jobs?
  • Maintain a complete understanding of and adherence to company guidelines, policies and standard practice.
  • Observe and correct all unsafe conditions that could cause associate or customer accidents.
  • Maintain an atmosphere of enthusiastic customer awareness with primary emphasis on fast, friendly, and accurate customer service to create a positive shopping experience.
  • Understand and follow Food Safety and Workplace Safety guidelines and procedures.
  • Communicate and maintain team member safety and security standards.
  • Communicate company, department, and job specific information to associates.
  • Serve as the mentor and coach for all team members.
  • Order and maintain grocery, frozen foods, and dairy products.
  • Execute all defined inventory accuracy and inventory control procedures daily.
  • Maintain an awareness of inventory/stocking conditions and note any discrepancies in inventory.
  • Assist in planning, organizing and supervising the inventory process.
  • Collaborate with associates and promote teamwork to help achieve company/store goals.
  • Develop adequate scheduling to manage customer volume throughout hours of operation.
  • Coordinate repair and maintenance work with vendors, equipment suppliers and technicians.
What are the typical qualifications for Grocery Manager jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership abilities, including training and mentoring employees.
  • Solid computer skills.
  • Basic understanding of planograms.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
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How much does a Grocery Manager make near United States?

$58,495 /yr
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Grocery Manager Career Path

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Assistant Grocery Manager
Jun 22, 2022

“Honestly one of the best jobs for young and old people just trying to get by and have a job.”

Fortino's SupermarketsFortino's Supermarkets
Dairy Manager
Aug 3, 2022

“Not many benefits but expected”

Associate Grocery Team Leader
Apr 14, 2022

“Holiday bonuses and profit sharing are nice.”

Food LionFood Lion
Perishable Manager
Sep 3, 2021

“Pay is not that good compared to its competitors”

Real Canadian SuperstoreReal Canadian Superstore
Grocery Manager
Nov 9, 2021

“Great people to work with”

Grocery Manager
Aug 31, 2022

“decent hourly rate for my role”

Woolworths GroupWoolworths Group
Grocery Manager
Nov 10, 2021

“Good money if you stick to hours”

Dairy Manager
Apr 24, 2022

“This is a Good job to work”

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