Would you like to apply your knowledge and experience to support the success of socially responsible community-owned grocery stores?
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business service and purchasing cooperative serving 148 retail food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 38 states. NCG delivers programming to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and offer more value to food co-op shoppers everywhere.
We are seeking an experienced innovator to research and assess innovative processes, products, and solutions to improve the financial performance of NCG retail food co-ops and grow the cooperative grocery sector. Introduce disruptive ideas to the company's operations. Develop and rationalize solutions, researching and designing innovative ideas. Collect and test ideas within company, assessing and prioritizing opportunities in line with business and innovation strategy. Develop business plans to capitalize and launch initiatives deemed feasible.
This is an ideal position for business development innovation experts interested in making a positive impact on the success of food co-ops and their communities. This position may be based out of NCG’s Saint Paul, MN office but is eligible for a home office anywhere in the continental U.S. Some travel required. Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.
Cultivate diverse ideas, build clarity of each initiative and test for feasibility.
Develop business plans for implementing select initiatives deemed feasible.
Engage and manage the work of third-party contractors as needed.
Manage the innovation budget ($500,000 per year).
Develop annual business plans and budgets for the business innovation program and operate within same.
Bachelor's degree in finance, business administration or engineering; and/or a minimum of five years progressively responsible business innovation experience.
Ability to plan and execute presentations to large groups of people.
Demonstrated knowledge of effective research and development techniques.
Extensive project management experience.
Demonstrated ability to build consensus among diverse stakeholders.
Apply By: June 29, 2021
Benefits, benefits, benefits! Our team members are our most-valued asset; we offer a generous salary and benefits package including 4 weeks PTO at hire, medical, dental, vision, company paid Life/ Disability/ Long Term Care insurance, HSA/FSA with company contribution, a matching 401K plan and much, much more.
We are a learning organization on a continuous journey to build a positive and inclusive culture that values a diversity of ideas, perspectives and identities. We foster an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, where we are inspired by our work and proud of our contributions.
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Equal Opportunity - National Co+op Grocers is an equal opportunity employer. We hire qualified individuals without regard to age, race, color, national origin or ancestry, alienage or citizenship status, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, status with regard to public assistance, pregnancy, physical/sensory/mental disability, genetic disposition, veteran or military status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, arrest or conviction record, or any other protected category in accordance with applicable laws.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Co+op Grocers
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a member-owned purchasing and business service cooperative providing a variety of services to retail food co-ops in 38 states. NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and offer more value to food co-op shoppers everywhere. NCG provides a fast-paced, dynamic work environment. We are a group of passionate, intelligent, and disciplined people working to improve the food supply and grow the cooperative economy. NCG is well suited for talented individuals seeking to make a difference in our world through their work.