Retail Strategy Analyst (Chicago, IL)

| Chicago | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: $66,900-$91,000 Annually
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Employer Provided Salary: $66,900-$91,000 Annually
Salary data is provided by the employer. Please note this is not a guarantee of compensation.
This Is Who We Are
Founded in 2013, Home Chef is the leading meal solutions company with both a retail and online presence. Available online at and in retail at more than 2,100 Kroger grocery stores, Home Chef is committed to inspiring and enabling more people to cook simple, delicious meals, no matter how busy they are. Similar to our recipes, we recognize that variety is the spice of life; therefore, our employees also bring their uniqueness and color to our fantastic team. We're eager to work with humble team players and pragmatic next-level thinkers to innovate on Home Chef's offerings.
The Retail Strategy Analyst plays an integral role in operating the Home Chef retail business. This role executes on deliverables across a wide range of initiatives, including supply forecasting, business optimization, merchandising, and menu development. The Analyst will work closely with a host of team members and cross-functional counterparts to drive business impact. Over time, this person will become one of the key players at Home Chef responsible for taking high value business insights and turning them into detailed action plans.
Drive projects to improve Retail revenue
  • Provide guidance and direction to the Retail team by asking the right questions at the right times

  • Build models to inform decision making e.g. what meals should go in Retail stores? How much space should be allocated to each SKU?
    • Strong emphasis on cross-functional collaboration. For example, the Analyst would work closely with Culinary, New Product Development, and Operations on determining which meals go in Retail stores

  • Provide weekly reporting and analyses on Retail performance to a range of audiences, including Home Chef Product Leadership

Drive projects to improve Retail profitability
  • Identify the highest value opportunities to improve bottom line KPIs

  • Develop detailed plans to execute on and bring opportunities to fruition

  • Create ad-hoc materials for Home Chef and Kroger executives, informing discussions with data analysis, recommendations, and business insights

Manage Retail Production Inputs and Tactics
  • Provide insights for and write purchase orders to third party suppliers

  • Manage retail production inputs, including pricing and costs, fulfiller mapping, retail menus, and packaging creation

  • Identify areas for process improvement in collaboration with technology teams, informing the prioritization, scope, and project plans for value add initiatives

Retail data, analytics, and value add insights
  • Become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on retail data and analytics

  • Build automated dashboards in Google Sheets, Looker, etc. to inform high value retail decisions

  • Refine retail data and reporting, working closely with data, business analytics, and technology teams to identify and prioritize new opportunities to improve tools and processes

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.
  • Completion of a four-year degree program in a related field
  • 0-2 years of experience
  • Self-starter, eager to learn, collaborative, and seeking to gain valuable hands-on experience
  • Intellectually curious and data-driven, with a strong interest in the food and/or retail spaces
  • Results driven, active problem solver with a natural desire to get things done
  • Professional communication and relationship building skills, ability to influence cross-functional partners
  • Ability to conduct analyses using Excel and Google Sheets

Salary range: $68000 - $75000
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Perks and benefits:
  • 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
  • 401(k) Employer match
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) for qualified Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit expenses
  • Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, holidays and sick time
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • State-of-the-art office in the historic Old Post Office building in downtown Chicago, close to multiple Metra and CTA options, and amenities such as a food court, onsite gym, and communal rooftop space
  • 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!
How We Work Together
We are humble team players.
We are warm and gracious with team members and customers. We seek feedback to improve ourselves - and respectfully listen to and accept input.
We are pragmatic next-level thinkers.
We come up with novel and unique ideas. We explore new strategies to avoid being constrained by conventional thinking.
We take ownership.
We approach ambiguous problems, prepared to dive in, get curious, and learn more. We are results-driven, always challenging ourselves to exceed goals.
Be at Home at Home Chef
We all show up authentically at Home Chef. Our team includes individuals with a variety of identities, backgrounds, and perspectives. You can trust that you'll be able to bring your whole self to an inclusive and enjoyable workplace.
We welcome people of all races, colors, religions, national origin or ancestry, sex (including sexual identity), age, physical or mental disabilities, pregnancy, veteran or military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, citizenship status, arrest record or expunged/sealed convictions, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law.
Home Chef is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Home Chef will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact our People team at [email protected] .
Home Chef is an equal opportunity employer.
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Located in the iconic Old Chicago Post Office. The office is easy to get to by various train and bus stops being close by.

An Insider's view of Home Chef

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Home Chef is all about building relationships and getting to know team members on a personal level. Our new office was designed with the idea of being at “home” in mind. There are lounge chairs and collaborative spaces where we are constantly meeting with co workers from different teams to brainstorm and ideate!

Mel Rocha Cheng

Retail Brand Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Being on the New Product Development team, we are very fortunate in the fact we get to interact with almost every team at Home Chef! In my role specifically, I have the chance to utilize my interest and core skill set in consumer and data insights to help inform our cross-functional teams of different lanes of innovations we can take next!

Scott Milling

Senior Insights Analyst, New Product Development

What are some things you learned at the company?

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned here at Home Chef is what it means to have great leadership. 2020 has been one of the most chaotic years I’ve ever experienced in Operations but having a management team that cares about getting the job done AND ensuring the teams well-being has been such an amazing learning experience!

Jamie Marshall

Special Projects Manager, Operations

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We do a great job weaving innovative thinking into our day-to-day and make it a priority so much that we have “curiosity” as one of the core values for the company. The tech team holds regular brainstorming and competitor tear-down sessions and day-long “hackathons” where we’ll focus on solving a specific problem or building a certain product.

Katie Bevier


How does the company support your career growth?

Home Chef is constantly growing and moving forward so things never get boring or stagnant. There are plenty of opportunities to grow professionally and to move forward within the company because we are empowered to speak up and to contribute.

Nigel Palmer

Executive Chef

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