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Senior Region Manager

INFRA
Minnesota

Title:                     Senior Region Manager

Status:                  Reports to the Director of Member Relations. Position is full-time exempt, located in the St. Paul office.  Travel is required.

About INFRA:       Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) is a network of independent retailers of all sizes working together to strengthen our position in the natural foods industry. INFRA builds strategic alignment among its members to provide peer support for retailers; identify and implement best practices; and facilitate collaboration in the areas of purchasing and marketing.

Summary:         The Senior Region Manager’s primary function is to oversee and collaborate with the Region Managers, who work in the field directly with INFRA member stores, to develop programs for continuous improvement in store operations.  

Essential Functions:

  • Member Development
  • Develop strong, direct relationships between INFRA and its member stores 
  • Facilitate the management of in-person meetings of the membership in collaboration with INFRA team
  • Provide a smooth transition for new members through coordinated efforts with Member Relations and entire INFRA team
  • Coordinate activities with Region Managers and Retail Services team to manage and execute store-level improvement projects
  • Provide leadership to continually increase member participation in INFRA programs by providing education and analysis to stores to demonstrate the value of INFRA programs
  • Develop best practices for store departments and for large and small-sized stores
  • Identify and propose programs using a consensus-based member-involved process of store evaluations and recommend fixes to underperforming areas
  • Support the Retail Consulting Program:
    • Manage the requirements and participation in the program
    • Engage members with in-store visits, work plans, and outcomes
    • Produce an ongoing line of communication for support

General INFRA:

  • Work with INFRA staff to generate annual calendar of regional activities
  • Manage pilot group program launches in collaboration with Director, CEO and staff
  • Prepare and propose annual budget and annual work plan for Region Managers 
  • Participate actively and constructively as a member of the INFRA Leadership Team
  • All other duties as assigned by the Director and CEO

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Successful record of accomplishment in setting priorities, prioritizing, and goal setting
  • Strong analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Develops others, is a consensus builder, and uses teams effectively
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Willingness and ability to learn and grow to meet changing program requirements
  • Critical thinker; deals well with ambiguity
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with a customer first focus
  • Can adjust personal style to accommodate different environments, cultures, and ethnic groups
  • Self-directed; success with taking initiative
  • Perseverance, tenacity, and compassion
  • Creative, inspiring, innovative, and motivating
  • Ability work over 8 hours in a single day as needed

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience in grocery retail leadership 
  • At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience; ideally some project management experience
  • Supervisory experience of a field team
  • Experience with consensus building

INFRA provides a full suite of employee benefits including: PTO, Health, Dental, Disability and Life Insurance, SIMPLE-IRA retirement plan, and a working environment that strongly believes in rightful living. 

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to careers@infretailers.com.