The Rutland Area Food Co-op is a great place to work! We hire hard‐working, friendly and knowledgeable people who are committed to our Co-op’s mission and principles. If you provide excellent customer service, support your co­‐workers with your outstanding work ethic, and are willing to take part in our cooperative structure, we encourage you to put your energy to work for the benefit of your community by taking this first step towards joining our growing business.

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Cooler and Freezer Department Manager

The Rutland Area Co-op is seeking a Cooler and Freezer Department Manager to advance our growing co-op and strengthen relationships with our members. In addition to successfully running their department, the manager will fulfill various store duties, including serving as the manager-on-duty, cross training with other department managers and serving as a cashier. This is a full-time, year-round position.

Essential Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Supervises and participates in the ordering, stocking and maintaining of the department
  • Ensures the proper handling of organic products, and is knowledgeable of the varieties of items and packaged goods that the department offers
  • Maintains high standards of quality control

Operational Tasks

  • Orders and receives deliveries
  • Stocks and processes bulk cheeses and other cooler related items
  • Checks daily and weekly sales/movement reports, shrink reports and emails
  • Operates and manages shifts on the register

Department Conditions

  • Maintains cleanliness, sanitation, and overall organization of the department including all fixtures, storage, workstations, and retail space

Desired Qualifications

  • At least one year of purchasing and merchandising in a retail food store
  • Knowledge of current trends in natural foods industry
  • Some knowledge of dairy items, dairy alternatives, meats, meat alternatives, and beverages
  • Proficiency in ordering, pricing, margins, mark-ups, and inventory management
  • Experience working with the public
  • Strong organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills
  • Understanding of food safety, sanitation and proper storage/display of organic products
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that includes nights, weekends, and some holidays
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

Environmental Conditions

  • Works in a fast-paced environment with a focus on customer service
  • May work in environments of extreme cold and extreme heat for short periods of time

 Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to bend, reach, stoop, kneel and squat
  • Must be able to push, pull, and maneuver heavy loads
  • Must be able to stand and be on one’s feet the majority of the work day

Compensation ranges from $11-$13/hour. Please send your completed application and resume via email to management@rutlandcoop.com or drop off in person at the Co-op.

Please note: we hold applications on file for 6 months from the date of the application. If we have not called to set up an interview within that time, and you are still interested in being considered for a position, you will need to submit a new application.