Do you have Grocery Manager, Shift Manager, Center Store
Manager, or Retail leadership experience? We want to talk to you!
Festival's Grocery Operations Leadership Development program (aka
GOLD), is an approximately 8-month jump start to all that is is
Grocery leadership at Festival. Our Grocery leaders lead our
Grocery Stocking & 3rd Shift Stocking teams, ensuring that our
shelves are well-stocked, faced & filled so our guests can always
find what they're looking for.
This manager trainee program is approx. 5-months spent in the
technical side (our leaders at Festival need to be able to jump in
& work any role within the department to set their team up for
success - that's where the technical training comes in). About
3-months is focused on the leadership side (we know often times
individuals joining this program have prior leadership experience,
but every company does things just a little bit differently, so
this will provide a great leadership foundation to your career at
Beyond incredible career growth opportunities with a fun
company, we also know that our leaders and associates need time
away from work to balance their lives, so we're proud to offer
work-life balance scheduling for our Department Managers as well as
15 days of PTO for our full-time associates.
More about our work/life balance:
Festival Foods has decreased scheduled work-week hours for
department managers companywide. The new 40-hour schedule replaces
the 45-hour plus weekly schedules that remain common throughout the
rest of the retail & restaurant industry. "We recognized that
associates who enjoy their lives outside of work are more
productive while they're at work," said Frank Abnet, Festival Foods
senior vice president of operations. "This change is about giving
our department managers more time to do what they love outside of
In addition to the decrease in scheduled hours, Festival Foods
has implemented core hours - a set window of time a department
manager agrees to be in the store every shift. Outside of core
hours, managers may choose to work earlier or later in the day to
round out their shifts. "Say a manager and their leader have agreed
that the associate will work core hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. That
associate may choose to work 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
on any given day. It's their choice," Abnet said. The freedom to
choose their non-core hours increases flexibility. "This is a
game-changer for department managers who seek more flexibility with
their schedules, and we hope it will provide them a better
work-life balance," Abnet said.
What's the GOLD Program? The Festival Foods GOLD Program stands
for Grocery Operations Leadership Development, and is an 8-month
accelerated development plan for leaders.
Upon successful completion of the program, GOLD participants
will become department leaders for one of the following: Deli,
Bakery, Meat, Guest Services, Produce, Frozen Food/Dairy, Grocery,
or Wine & Spirits.
Qualifications: Great attitude and the ability to lead and
inspire others 2-year or 4-year college degree Supervisor, team
leader, or mentor level experience preferred Experience in retail,
restaurant or grocery environment Proven conflict management skills
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in all situations
with great interpersonal skills Flexible work schedule including
holidays, some nights and weekends Strong cognitive skills,
including problem analysis, decision making, financial and
quantitative analysis Ability to relocate; regionally or to any
Festival Foods location throughout Wisconsin is preferred.
- Regular, timely attendance in compliance with the work
schedule, and adequate notice to find a replacement for occasional
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package (Medical, Dental, Life
Insurance & Disability, etc.) 401(k) with Employer Match Employee
Stock Ownership Plan Paid Time Off Tuition Assistance Plan through
Dollars for Students Program
Company Overview: Festival Foods serves guests in over 30
full-service, state-of-the-art supermarkets throughout Wisconsin.
At Festival Foods, we're not simply selling groceries, we're on a
mission! Every business decision we make is based on our "Boomerang
Principle"--empowering our associates to make decisions and take
actions that will "Bring the Customer Back". We are proud to be a
family and employee-owned company.
At Festival Foods we are committed to providing an environment
of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are
available to all. We are dedicated to building a top-notch team of
skilled, experienced and service-oriented associates who represent
a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents. Festival Foods
believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates,
products, and our community strengthen our ability to serve our
guests, as we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented