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The Fresh Market Produce Department Manager in Columbia, South Carolina

The Produce Manager is responsible for the successful operation and profitability of the produce department which includes training, directing and monitoring all department staff. The Produce manager plans, orders and works with the produce team in building and setting the standard expected at The Fresh Market.

What you will do in a typical day:

  • Guest Service is a priority! Greet guests, answer questions in a friendly manner, proactively assist guests with accurate and timely information, make product/service recommendations and accommodating special requests.

  • Prioritizing department activities while managing interruptions and attending to details to complete tasks within deadlines is a must.

  • Direct, manage and assist all functions and activities of the Bakery Department by:

  • Helping to reduce losses due to shrink, damage, and pilferage.

  • Handling, cutting, slicing and preparing specialty produce items, fruit and veggie platters/trays and convenient meal solutions throughout the day per specific guest requests and to maintain quality product levels as indicated within TFM recipes.

  • Enforcing and following department practices regarding receiving, stocking, and the unloading deliveries of product to ensure freshness and quality; including but not limited to cases, coolers, freezers and sales floor. Follow rotation standards when replenishing product levels.

  • Manage order guides, ordering deadlines and holiday ordering guides.

  • Following and utilizing the department production tools and perform other duties and assignments as directed by management.

  • Follow Quality and safety procedures by:

  • Receiving, Inspecting and storing products to ensure quality, following proper rotation, culling, cleaning, sanitation procedures, operating equipment in a safe and focused manner while tracking date and rotation of products and completing any necessary reports

  • Inspecting Produce deliveries for the highest of quality and freshness, and rejecting product that is not for credit.

  • Monitoring temperature of cases, spill overs, ovens and storage areas and report any failures to the Store Manager.

  • Following all company guidelines and procedures to include but not limited to safety and sanitation and preparation while cleaning including disassembling, washing, rinsing, and sanitizing all equipment within the work area. Adhere to all local, state, and federal health and civil code regulations

  • Observing and enforcing all store rules, Company policies and handbook guidelines, shift operating hours at all times as scheduled or assigned by store management.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:

  • Typical motions include repetitive hand and arm movements, repetitive grasping, lifting, bending, reaching and exposure to extreme temperatures (coolers, freezer, outdoors, etc.)

  • Will be required to spend the majority of time on his/her feet and stand or walk without a break for up to 4 hours

  • Responsible for moving or lifting an average of 10-60 pounds with a maximum weight lifted of 80 pounds occasionally

  • Able to work a flexible schedule including nights, overnights, weekends, and holidays as needed

  • Ability to use tools and equipment, including knives, ladders, stepstools, box cutters, pallet jacks, and other heavy machinery

It’s a bonus if you bring:

  • Produce and/or Grocery experience

  • Production Planning Software experience

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy and related medical conditions, national origin, genetic information, uniformed service, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

The statements in this job description are provided to describe the general nature and level of work expected in this role. While these statements include the essential functions of the job, they are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. As we work as a team, there may be times team members are needed to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities based on business needs.


Requisition ID: 2020-50708

External Company Name: The Fresh Market Inc

External Company URL:

Street: 10286 Two Notch Road