Strategy Manager - Retail

| Chicago
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.
The purpose of this role is to support the fast paced growth of Home Chef’s retail business via its sales and marketing efforts with Kroger and other partners. On the Retail Strategy team, you will be responsible for initiative prioritization and informing where the Retail team should invest its time, energy and capital to sustain a rapid and profitable growth trajectory. This is an exciting opportunity to have a major impact on Home Chef’s fastest-growing business line!

Detailed Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of overall Retail Strategy and Priorities
  • Support development of strategic planning for the total retail business
  • Conduct cost-benefit analysis and sizing of various initiatives to inform the prioritization of time, resources, and capital across the retail business
  • Surface insights to the VP of Retail and Sr Director of Retail Strategy to inform the 12-month retail growth plan
  • Lead weekly business review cycle and support quarterly & annual planning
  • Lead the weekly business review process to identify key storylines and trends affecting the revenue and profitability performance of the retail business
  • Compile outputs for monthly business review with Home Chef executive leadership and quarterly output to Kroger executive leadership, under the direction of Sr Director of Retail Strategy
  • Manage ad-hoc projects to develop business cases for Home Chef or Kroger leadership
  • Conduct financial analysis and target setting
  • Conduct analyses to identify profitability levers across price, promotion, and inventory management
  • Collaborate with retail forecasting team on inventory management strategy 
  • Own the test-and-learn strategy for the retail business, including success benchmarks and test tracking
  • Identify strategic initiatives to drive growth and profitability
  • Collaborate with retail teams including marketing, sales, forecasting, category management and operations to executive initiatives


  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role.
  • Ability to turn complex questions and issues into clear questions, analysis and results
  • Self starter, who can identify key business initiatives and prioritize the work
  • 2+ years of experience in a rigorous fast-paced work environment – consulting, finance, data analytics, manufacturing, CPG, communication and relationship building skills
  • Exceptional Excel and Google Sheets analytics; coding experience (e.g. Python) preferred
  • Experienced at developing executive-level outputs in Powerpoint and communicating findings to leadership
  • Previous experience with fresh/perishable products preferred
  • Consulting experience preferred

- Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day
- 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
- Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses
- 401k program
- Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, plus sick days 
- Quarterly company-wide “Town Hall” meetings 
- Ongoing professional development opportunities by level and function
- Your choice of Windows or Mac laptop
- Onsite gym 
- Free water taxi for Wrigley Building employees (seasonal) 
- Catered lunch every Friday plus snacks and beverages on hand every day
- 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 employment opportunity employer 

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Located in the iconic Wrigley building, our location offers the best of the Loop and River North. Close to transportation, restaurants & shops.

What are Home Chef Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided

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. Free water taxi, discounted gym membership, and daily bike storage for Wrigley building employees. Cold brew coffee on tap at no charge (Wrigley office location). 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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