Program Manager, Prepared Foods

Whole Foods Market

Austin, TX 78703

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

Job DescriptionThis position will be responsible for implementing, maintaining, and supporting small, medium, and large Prepared Foods programs on the Culinary team, as well as supporting reporting, promotional, and administrative needs. The ideal candidate will have strong communication, collaboration, organizational, data management, and software skills and will promote a “one team” culture by creating alignment, preventing silos or duplicate work, “just getting it done,” and seeking win-win solutions with both internal and external partners in a way that exemplifies our core values and supports Culinary strategic goals.


+ Drives successful deployment and maintenance of Prepared Foods programs

+ Leads weekly project review meetings covering both in-store and online business initiatives and shares resulting notes and action items on a regular cadence

+ Maintains roadmaps and calendars for programs roll-outs – keeps milestones, deliverables, and overall timelines updated and accessible to stakeholders

+ Drives clarity and visibility to program implementation (status, risks, dependencies) with all cross-functional collaborators, developing relationships and communicating appropriately with each group

+ Ensures that seasonal and holiday projects and program plans stay on track and keeps key stakeholders aligned on deadlines

+ Seeks continuous improvement of project planning and program execution

+ Supports Prepared Foods team through effective data entry, analysis, and maintenance, related to category management, item hierarchy, promotions, pricing, and/or programming

+ Writes regular communication to internal and regional partners

+ Contributes to promotional planning and execution through stakeholder collaboration, data submission and verification, and post-event reporting and analysis

+ Creates and publishes regular reporting through internal systems and runs ad hoc reporting, as needed

+ Leverages software to synthesize, filter, and format reporting outputs to achieve desired views

+ Supports Prepared Foods team in scheduling, expense review, and other administrative tasks, as needed

+ Participates in other Culinary team projects and programs, as needed


+ BA/BS degree and 4 years’ relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience

+ Experience in the culinary industry highly preferred

+ Project management experience and familiarity with project management software highly preferred

+ Highly organized with proven ability to maintain multiple programs simultaneously

+ Proven ability to manage complex projects from start to finish

+ Proven ability to balance both tactical and strategic objectives

+ Proven ability to build cross-functional partnerships and inspire collaboration

+ Excellent communication skills including ability to give direct feedback, set clear expectations and connect with people on a personal level

+ Tireless consensus builder and proven relationship builder with a diverse group of stakeholders

+ Highly proficient in listening and questioning for clarification and understanding

+ Consistently demonstrates follow-through with ability to execute and stay flexible in a fast-paced environment; comfortable with ambiguity but uncomfortable enough to seek clarity

+ Proven negotiating and troubleshooting skills with a high attention to detail

+ Detail-oriented with an affinity towards data

+ Highly proficient in all forms of verbal and written communication (English)

+ Highly proficient in Excel, Powerpoint, Word, and OneNote applications, and project management tools

+ Strong understanding of business mathematics

+ Persistent and unstoppable pursuit of excellence for each program

+ Highly motivated with an intense drive towards exceeding business objectives

+ Intellectually curious

At Whole Foods Market, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all Team Members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.

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