Retail Strategic Optimization Manager at Home Chef

| Chicago
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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’sStartup 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.
Summary of Responsibilities:
The Retail Strategic Optimization Manager is responsible for finding, analyzing, testing and solving complex challenges related to revenue maximization, profitability and operational complexity in retail.

Detailed Responsibilities:

  • Prioritize the most pressing retail challenges:
  • Maintain an ongoing list of the most pressing retail challenges through ongoing collaboration with executive leadership, retail leadership and Kroger
  • Develop data-driven hypotheses on the root causes of challenges and scope the impact, feasibility and timelines to address them
  • Maintain an ongoing prioritization of projects in line with the retail strategy and general company priorities
  • Work with senior leadership to prioritize execution of priority retail projects and agree on the path forward
  • Lead major cross-department initiatives:
  • Lead hypothesis-generation, analysis and problem solving on priority retail optimization projects including but not limited to store-level and division-level research, ethnographic studies and other root cause analysis
  • Synthesize research and demonstrate proposed solutions through data-driven analysis and story-lining
  • Drive consensus with senior retail leadership
  • Act as the project manager in leading cross-departmental projects to solve the most critical retail challenges
  • Work cross-functionally within the team, and the wider Home Chef team to create buy in and understand the impact of solving retail challenges
  • Run the retail testing agenda:Identify, prioritize, and design critical tests around pricing, packaging, customer experience, and signage optimizing on limited resources:
  • Ensure test integrity by overseeing all A/B tests and controlling selection of control and variable stores
  • Conduct post-test analyses and implement learning back into all aspects of retail
  • Drive optimization and improvements across retail:Identify points of improved efficiency and effectiveness across retail and Home Chef broadly and implement projects to bring about the efficiency improvements:
  • Think outside the box to deliver game-changing ideas and solutions to complex challenges


  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role.
  • Strong prioritization and project management skills
  • Experience spearheading execution on large-scale, high-impact projects
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience creating buy in with a range of stakeholders such as hourly employees, customers, suppliers, and ability to understand the big picture as well as exceptional attention to detail
  • Skilled at dealing with ambiguity and working in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Consulting, CPG, food industry or other rigorous background experience preferred
  • No ego team player excited to solve a wide range of challenges
  • Curious problem-solver eager to dive in and learn, not just pull a uniform solution from a box
  • 10-25% travel required

-Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first 
-Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day
-Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
-Generous paid time off (PTO) policy
-401k program
-Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses
-Free water taxi, discounted gym membership, and daily bike storage for Wrigley building employees
-Cold brew coffee on tap at no charge
-Employee discounts for Home Chef meal kits
-Free lunch every Friday and snacks and beverages on hand every day
-Casual dress
Home Chef is an equal employment opportunity employer 

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Located in the iconic Old Chicago Post Office. Plus, the office is easy to get to with various train and bus stops being close by.

What are Home Chef Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Home Chef hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Free Daily Meals
Weekly Fooda credit which equals to one company paid lunch per week .
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at team's discretion.
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Home Chef hosts lunch and learn meetings once per quarter.
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day. Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses. On-site gym membership, and daily bike storage for Old Chicago Post Office building employees. Employee discounts for Home Chef meal kits. Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!

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