Prepared Foods Lead (Deli)

Posted on July 7, 2023
UFCW 3000
Metropolitan Market
Starting at 
 per hour
Kirkland, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Paid holidays, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Employee discount, Life and disability insurance
Applications accepted until position filled

ob Summary: As a leader of our Prepared Foods Department, this position is responsible for assisting the Prepared Foods Manager and Prepared Foods Assistant Manager with product management, food safety, quality control, work safety, merchandising, sales generation, gross margins, labor and general expense control, customer service, and profitability within the department. This position is also responsible for the education of team members and customers in the areas of product selections, recipe ideas, and meal solutions.


Specific Job Duties:

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists the Prepared Foods Assistant Manager with developing and maintaining product displays that create an exciting marketplace; strives to develop displays that pique customer interest and impact customer buying trends.
  • Assists with the effective ordering of all products for the Prepared Foods Department; maintains product inventory at a level that promotes creative and effective sales merchandising and maximizes sales potential.
  • Works in partnership with the Prepared Foods Assistant  Manager to determine order quantities and verify cost of goods.  Assumes primary responsibility for store-level vendor relations.
  • Consistently achieves all food preparation guidelines, including full compliance with established recipe program; ensures prepared food consistency and portion control.
  • Readily participates in product promotions and focuses.
  • Adheres to food temperature requirements, including hot and cold holding specifications.  Promptly discards any products that do not meet HACCP and Department of Health standards, or appear less than presentable under Metropolitan Market’s quality expectations.
  • Maintains stocking standards that ensure high product quality, including rotation procedures.  Incorporates cleaning with stocking and rotation requirements.
  • Ensures all outdated products are pulled, recorded, and discarded from Prepared Foods Department sales areas on a daily basis; determines proper replacement product quantities and promptly prepares in compliance within established guidelines.
  • Provides outstanding customer service and readily communicates product information to increase sales and meet revenue goals; uses product information to increase sales and best service customers.
  • Assists with quarterly physical inventories and practices inventory control.
  • Prevents internal and external loss.
  • Demonstrates dependability and flexibility; meets attendance requirements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Prepared Foods Department management.


Skills Required / Qualifications:

Candidates will be selected from applicants having the best combination of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum one-year restaurant or deli experience required.
  • Proven success as a team member; demonstrates an exceptional work ethic.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously and produce quality output while working within deadlines a must.  Sense of urgency required.  Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates a high level of self-motivation; takes initiative; problem solves.
  • Proven ability to positively affect sales generation and manage expenses.
  • Possesses strong knowledge of gross profit, inventory control and labor percentages; proven experience working with each.
  • Possesses comprehensive product information with a proven history of using knowledge to best service customers.  Demonstrates a strong knowledge and understanding of food, including ingredients, applications, pronunciations, and culinary skills.  Possesses a genuine passion for food.
  • Capable leadership skills; ability to effectively delegate and follow-through.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills required; effective written communication skills necessary.
  • Demonstrates an interest in learning; possesses a strong interest in food and related products.
  • Proven ability to interact and perform all job responsibilities with professionalism and confidentiality essential.
  • Proven ability to meet attendance requirements, dependable.
  • Able to lift and carry 50 pounds.


•    Competitive pay
•    20% team member discount
•    Medical, dental, vision insurance (very low cost to team members)
•    Health savings accounts (subject to qualified medical plans)
•    Flexible spending arrangements (subject to qualified medical plans)
•    Company-funded disability and life insurance
•    Employee Assistance Program available to all team members
•    Retirement plans available to all team members
•    Paid vacation, personal, and holiday time off
•    Sick/safe leave provided consistent with local and state requirements
•    Reduced cost ORCA Card program for King County team members
•    Education support
•    Career development opportunities
The specific programs and options available to any given team member are dependent upon eligibility factors such as position, date of hire, work location, and terms of applicable collective bargaining agreements.



Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO):   It is the policy of Metropolitan Market, LLC that all employees and applicants be afforded equal opportunities in employment without regard to race, color, sex (including gender identity and gender stereotypes), national origin, religion, disability, or retaliation for engaging in an EEO protected activity.  The Company prohibits discrimination or harassment based on any of these categories, as well as on age, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, military service, or any other bases protected under applicable local, state, or federal law.

About the employer: Metropolitan Market

Our company was founded on a culture of curiosity and respect for quality that has led to many ‘firsts,’ like introducing Copper River salmon to Seattle over 30 years ago. We value our heritage as the area’s progressive independent grocer. Knowledge and passion abound in each department, where thousands of recipes have been created over the years.

We’ve been filling our stores wall to wall with the tastes our neighbors love, because we love them, too. It’s a food-forward approach that has defined our philosophy since 1971.

About your union: UFCW 3000

UFCW 3000 is the largest private-sector union in Washington with over 46,000 members working in grocery store retail health care and other industry jobs. UFCW 21 is a chartered member of UFCW International with over 1.4 million workers in North America. We believe in the promise of America. A promise that our children can lead better lives than ours. A promise that with hard work and standing up for our rights we can make a decent living that includes a good wage health care and retirement.

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