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Wild Onion Market: General Manager

Company: Wild Onion Market

Salary: $100000 / per year Location: Chicago, Illinois


7007 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626

The General Manager (GM) plays a pivotal role in leading our cooperatively owned grocery store to achieve the mission, vision, and Policy Governance as articulated by the Wild Onion Market Board of Directors and ownership.

This is an onsite, store-based role with extensive public contact in a dynamic environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • monitoring the financial health of the business and providing strategic direction in response to economic demands;
  • creating and fostering an excellent team that cultivates good linkages with co-op ownership, shoppers, and vendors;
  • charting a successful business path forward with an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • monitoring and further expanding a produce assortment that prioritizes local, organic, and sustainably made products and produce, with an understanding of how to balance the product mix to maintain a profit;
  • articulating short- and long-term goals for Wild Onion Market, monitor progress against goals, identify and execute needed improvements, and lead innovation and growth in collaboration with the Board.


Key Competencies and Qualifications

The top candidate will have outstanding leadership skills in business and personnel management. Experience managing business environments that require innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit, and creative problem solving are especially valued. The top candidate will also have a commitment to create a culturally inclusive work and shopping environment reflective of the community (which may include bilingual skills). Strong preference will be given to those candidates who have gained experience in the co-op food/grocery industry.

  • Strategic and systems-based thinking: ability and willingness to think strategically, set goals with measurable outcomes, and make revisions as needed;
  • Proactive problem-solving: analyzes and diagnoses root causes of issues and make corrections;
  • Adaptability: show resilience and moves forward with changes as they arise;
  • Build teams and develop talent: facilitates teams of employees to create a welcoming, trusting, and educational environment for learning and change;
  • Financial management: knows the meaning of financial variables and how to place and interpret them in a business context; Ability to read, understand, prepare,
  • interpret, and report on balance sheets, income and cash flow statements;
  • Proven experience in revenue projections;
  • Skilled in the use of office productivity software, financial management software (i.e., MS software, Google docs/spreadsheets);
  • Experience with POS systems and inventory management;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Communicates effectively with multiple audiences using different formats and styles.


This position is a full-time, salaried position. Schedule will be flexible with the exception of scheduled meetings (including all Board of Director meetings) and some daytime/evening/weekend availability where the GM’s attendance is required. In-store and management schedules will be determined and managed by the GM. Performance review will be conducted on a semi-annual basis.

How to Apply


TO APPLY – PLEASE SEND A COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO HR@wildonionmarket.com, otherwise your application will not be considered.