Manager Retail Strategy

Home Chef, 433 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607 (Downtown)

Home Chef brings people together around the dinner table.

Duration: Full-Time

Home Chef is building new ways to provide meal solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs, and shipping locations both online and in store.  Our team is a unique mix of creators, chefs, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers and we’re growing quickly. Our customer-first mentality, combined with a zest for supporting our peers, helped us bring home Built in Chicago’s Startup of the Year Moxie award in 2017. If you’re ready to be part of the action, we’re ready to connect with you.  There are no limits to where we can go together.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate in the US and around the world, we are committed to keeping our teams and their families as our greatest priority. To that end, we are making some adjustments to the way we will be doing business in the upcoming weeks.

We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our employees and customers safe, and would love to have you on our team as we can continue to serve our communities.

Summary of Responsibilities: 
The purpose of this role is to support the growth of Home Chef’s retail business efforts, both through existing Home Chef product lines and through strategic initiatives with our Kroger business partners. The Retail Strategy role will be responsible for high-impact initiatives spanning Home Chef and Kroger business lines, working closely with leadership teams at both organizations on building and enhancing the retail meals solutions portfolio.

Detailed Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility Area:
  • Lead and support strategic growth initiatives for Home Chef’s retail business
  • Manage innovation projects requested by Home Chef and Kroger executive teams to support growth of the Home Chef brand in retail; recent examples include Ocado rollout and capital request for additional coolers to support a new product line
  • Serve as “tip of the spear” to launch initiatives that do not yet have a natural owner within the current team structure; launch projects and coordinate efforts across retail teams to develop sustainable solutions
  • Coordinate Home Chef’s involvement on specific events and initiatives requested by Kroger team (e.g., innovation planning sessions)

  • Responsibility Area:
  • Conduct market assessments to inform the future direction of Home Chef’s brand & product strategy in retail
  • Evaluate competitive environment and consumer trends in retail fresh foods/meals solutions
  • Evaluate potential expansion opportunities into new products, untapped market segments, and line extensions of existing items
  • Coordinate with retail NPD, retail marketing, and relevant Kroger teams (e.g., Our Brands) on direction of the brand and potential new product introductions

  • Responsibility Area:
  • Support retail strategy and executive decision making
  • Develop materials for executive update decks to align on direction of the retail business
  • Support decision making and provide recommendations for VP Retail, Home Chef’s executive team, and Kroger executive leadership
  • Develop stage gate proposals analyzing specific initiatives

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

  • Individuals who are strategic, data-driven, can turn data into insights and actions
  • Ability to turn complex questions and issues into clear questions, analysis and results
  • Able to work cross-functionally at multiple levels of an organization on priority initiatives
  • 2+ years of experience in a rigorous fast-paced work environment –  consulting, finance, startup, etc.
  • Skilled at developing executive-level outputs in PowerPoint and communicating findings to leadership
  • Strong Excel/Google Sheets analytics capabilities
  • Completion of 4-year degree

- Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance – benefits start the 1st day of the month following your start date 
- Company paid Life Insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability
- 401k Employer match -  50% on the $1, up to 6% of the employee's earnings 
- We offer flexible spending accounts (FSA) for qualified Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit expenses
- Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, plus sick days 
- Generous Parental Leave 
- Great Work/Life Balance – We value and support each individual team member
- Quarterly company-wide “Town Hall” meetings 
- Ongoing professional development opportunities by level and function
- Your choice of Windows or Mac laptop, plus an extra screen 
- Onsite gym 
- Weekly Fooda credit
- Newly renovated office in the historic Old Main Post Office which is located close to multiple Metra and CTA options
- Employee discounts through Perkspot
- Discounts on Home Chef meal kits and at Kroger stores
- Casual dress in a fun, friendly and collaborative work environment

Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!

Home Chef is an equal opportunity employer.

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About Home Chef

Every day, you're out there making things happen. That's why our CEO, Pat Vihtelic, created Home Chef: to provide everything you need to bring more delicious meals and moments to the table, no matter how busy you are. Because at Home Chef, we believe that preparing and enjoying a home-cooked meal should be a simply delicious experience. In fact, simplicity is our mantra. From online to doorstep...to your kitchen table, we make planning and preparing a home-cooked meal simple, intuitive and inspirational every step of the way. In 2013, Pat started Home Chef by partnering with a chef to design delicious, easy-to-follow recipes. Since then, our team has grown to include several chefs, and more than 700 employees across production, marketing, technology, product, design, and customer service. Last year, we delivered over 10 million meals and expanded our delivery to cover more than 97% of the U.S. population. Some days -- okay, most days -- we can't believe how quickly we've grown. But we believe that people continue to love Home Chef for the same reasons it was founded: it saves time, reduces food waste, and most importantly, brings people together for a home-cooked meal.

Want to learn more about Home Chef? Visit Home Chef's website.