General Manager

Organization: 
Terre Foods Cooperative Market
Organization location: 
Terre Haute, Indiana
Apply by: 
Sun, 12/01/2013

Terre Foods Cooperative Market, a startup cooperative located in Terre Haute, Indiana, is seeking a General Manager to join our team as we move towards the successful opening of our store.  The co-op has been an ongoing effort since 2008.  We currently have 636 member-owners, and we expect to be over 1,000 member-owners by our projected opening in third quarter 2014.  Our store will be a full-service grocery store with limited deli and cafe capabilities.  Market analysis projects $3.1 million first year annual sales, with growth trends projected to annual sales of $5 million in four years from opening.  We expect to operate a store of a minimum 6,000 square feet total (minimum 4,000 sq.ft. retail), with between 3-5 full-time department managers and a floor staff of 25-30 full- and part-time employees.  Our co-op is directed by a seven member Board, and employs policy governance for its leadership structure.  An electronic copy of our current policy manual is available to all applicants upon request.

Required qualifications:

• Retail management experience

• Ability to evaluate and determine appropriate strategic changes

• Experience with operating, capital, and cash budgeting

• Supervisory experience: hiring, training, evaluating, compensating, firing

• Ability to be proactive and keep momentum going for growth and change

• Commitment to cooperative values and principles

Preferred qualifications:

• Management experience in a grocery store, natural foods store, or co-op

• Experience in grocery store or co-op

• Experience working within local food systems

• Experience working for or serving on a board of directors

• Experience supervising managers

• Experience in marketing and merchandising

Beyond these qualifications, we seek an individual who will embrace cooperative principles, who is passionate about local foods and economies, and who understands the role our cooperative market will play in building a strong community.  We are a city with a vibrant past, and we are working to make our home into a model of what a small midwestern town can offer.  Our city hosts numerous cultural venues, three four-year institutions of higher learning, one professional college, and one community college, several art and educational museums, and an extensive parks network, with many city and county parks, and several nearby State Parks as well.  We have a growing downtown, and a growing sense of excitement as numerous initiatives around our city begin to take shape, such as the Downtown Terre Haute Farmer’s Market, the Terre Haute Arts Corridor, and Riverscape.  Our ideal candidate will be a standard bearer for the cooperative model and the strength of our local economy, and be enthusiastic about her or his position as a leader in the transformation of our city into the home we all deserve.

Position starts March 1, 2014; date may be negotiated. Compensation and benefits dependent on experience, competitive with similar-type co-ops. Applications must be received by December 1, 2014, for full consideration.  Please visit our website at www.terrefoods.coop for more information about our store, and to find the detailed General Manager job description. To apply, please send an email to [email protected] with the following attachments in MS Office Word or PDF format.

  1. Cover letter, including your salary history and salary requirements

  2. Resume

  3. Three employment references with full contact information (name, address, phone, email, title, relationship)

In lieu of electronic submission, please apply via postal mail to: Hiring Committee, Terre Foods Cooperative Market, PO Box 9254, Terre Haute, IN  47808.

Terre Foods Cooperative Market is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).