SPECIALIST, GRILLING - 3401 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355


: $26,640.00 - $36,910.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Hospitality - Food Services

About Us:

The Save Mart Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in California and Nevada. It is home to a number of well-known brands in food retailing. You might have seen our banners that include Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California and Food Maxx. We also have 4 distribution centers and SMART Refrigerated Transport, a trucking firm that transports dry groceries, frozen foods, ice and novelties to all of The Save Mart Companies stores. We are a locally and family owned business, headquartered in the heart of one of the greatest agricultural areas of our nation - the San Joaquin Valley.

Some of our competitive benefits include: exceptionally generous benefits package (Health, Dental, Vision, Life, 401K), flexible schedule options, Employee Connection (earn fun and valuable prizes!), Life Long Learning – Educational opportunities, Employee Association (discounted and free tuition options, contests, and support services).

We are currently recruiting for the position of:

SPECIALIST, GRILLING - 3401 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355

The Save Mart Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we welcome resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diverse workforce.

The Grilling Specialist is an integral part of a highly motivated team focused on serving guests with an emphasis on the overall Meat/Seafood and Total Store guest experience to consistently meet or exceed guest expectations.

The Grilling Specialist is a main point of contact for all meat and grilling products. Actively engaging and educating guests regarding a variety of grilling, seasoning / marinating techniques, meat cutting techniques (raw & cooked), marbling / texture, and places of origin (international and local). Advises guests on meat selections with respect to cooking and pairing with a variety of foods and beverages for all occasions. Oversees meat-grilling standards, food preparation, sausage making, meat smoking and inventory optimization.

The Grilling Specialist creates a remarkable guest experience by exemplifying expertise, attention to detail and providing exceptional product knowledge. The Grilling Specialist is responsible for practicing safe food handling procedures, handling products in a safe, sanitary manner and keeping all areas and equipment clean.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

• Provide guests with a remarkable shopping experience by greeting and thanking guests in a prompt, courteous and friendly manner, answering questions, responding to guest requests for all grilled meat products/homemade sausage and offering event planning suggestions

• Responsible for working closely working under the Meat Manager in order to ensure the success of the store and department through excellent guest service and a demonstrated passion for food.

• Actively engage and educate customers regarding grilling techniques, sausage making, seasoning / marinating options, and food and beverage pairing options.

• Responsible for department’s merchandising plan and implementation, providing innovative solutions, emphasizing “fresh”

• Manage product rotation, spoils, shrink, and markdowns per company policy

• Accountable for grilling area overall cleanliness/conditions and safety

• Manage department to ensure meat products are prepared according to company guidelines and special orders are prepared as requested by guests (e.g., special meat cuts, etc.)

• Contribute to overall store conditions (to include store safety, food safety, sanitation, hazardous waste, protection of company assets, etc.) ensuring a safe working and shopping experience

• Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

• Passionate about food and meat grilling to include seasoning and marinating techniques and an understanding of different cuts of meat and seafood

• Product ordering, inventory control, meat operations, merchandising, sales techniques, to include a strong understanding and knowledge of primal cuts and cutting techniques

• Learn and retain policies and procedures, make decisions, lead and instructs team members, recognize sale trends and indicators, work within and promote a team environment

• Strong organization, administration (to include department financial) and math skills

• Knowledge of department operations; grilling, meat, poultry, fish and pre-packaged products; special product needs that arise for seasons/holidays; trends in cooking and recipes that effect demand; department food safety and hazardous materials rules/regulations; visual merchandising techniques

• Familiarity with use and care of professional cutlery, grills, tenderizers, grinders, scales, wrapping equipment and other department related tools

• Strong communication skills (written and verbal)

• Must be highly functional in a team environment and have strong cooperation and team building attributes

• Necessary to demonstrate an eagerness to learn and take on new tasks and challenges

Education: High school diploma or equivalent knowledge gained through formal education, specialized training, or additional job experience; some college education is preferred

Experience: Two years Meat/Seafood department experience or restaurant equivalent experience, plus a minimum of two years meat grilling or cooking experience

Other: Must be available to work a variety of required retail hours

Physical: Basic office and store environment: ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, stoop, use stairs, reach, pull and lift objects


• Guest Focus

• Leading People

• Management Skills

• Personal/Interpersonal Skills

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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