National Co+op Grocers (NCG)

Store Development Director

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Posted On:
Closing On:
Friday, 6th July 2018
Sunday, 12th August 2018
Category: Administrative
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
2610 University Ave W, Suite 210, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

Company Description:

National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. We represent 147 food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 37 states with combined annual sales over $2 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. By providing a variety of purchasing, management, development, marketing and other services, our co-ops are able to gain many of the advantages large grocery chains enjoy, while still reflecting the unique qualities of their local communities. For a map of NCG member and associate co-ops, visit our Find-a-Co-op page. To learn more about co-ops, visit


Job Description:

Store Development professionals, do you enjoy business travel, working independently while still being part of a development team? Would you be committed to helping independent cooperative food retailers nationwide grow and expand their business through your expertise in store expansion and new store development? 

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is looking to hire a Store Development Director. This position will work in NCG's Development Cooperative (NCG DC) and will assist our member food co-ops across the country better meet the needs of their community through new store development. We are looking for a proven leader who will support the success of retail food co-ops and improve their ability to positively impact their communities by helping them compete in a rapidly changing marketplace.


Primary Store Development Responsibilities:

  • Providing overall project guidance, including the development, implementation and maintenance of the project timeline and development strategies for all aspects of the store development process.
  • Developing a complete project business plan and budget.
  • Developing a plan for the project’s capital structure and supporting the client in the pursuit of necessary financing for the project.
  • Coaching client in selecting a quality site for the new store.
  • Coaching client in their negotiation of lease terms or purchase agreement as applicable.
  • Coaching client with architect and contractor selection and oversight.
  • Assisting client with organizational planning and capacity building to meet the needs of the larger organization.
  • Assisting with the monitoring, troubleshooting and adjustments as needed to the construction and build-out, equipment installation, project timeline, and cost management.
  • Store opening preparation and planning including development and implementation of a plan for new store operating and staffing systems.



  • Bachelor's degree in finance, management, or business administration and/or a minimum of ten years progressively responsible management experience.
  • At least 5 years of Retail Grocery Management experience preferred.
  • At least 3 years of Project management experience.
  • At least 3 years of new store development and store opening experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor managers (department and general managers) a plus
  • Supervisory experience, team-building skills, and the ability to direct a professional, high-functioning team.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus among diverse stakeholders.
  • Proven experience in developing strategic plans, budgets, and managing resources within budgetary limitations
  • Experience with consumer cooperatives preferred
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer literacy – Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Willingness to travel up to 50% with multi-overnight stays; occasionally nights and weekends.
  • Willingness and ability to learn and grow to meet the changing requirements of the job.



This position is salaried, more than 100k.

Our people are our greatest 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 with profit sharing and much more.

This position preferably will be based out of NCG's St. Paul, Minnesota office but for the right candidate, may be based out of any of NCG’s five office locations. Relocation assistance is available for this opportunity!


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Deadline: August 12, 2018

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