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Food Manager

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    Junior, Mid & Senior Level
Bridgend Store, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd The Derwen, Bridgend, CF32 9ST
from £30250
Areas of business
Closing date
2024/07/20 13:09:00
Job ID

Early Shift: 7am - 4pm

Late Shift: 2pm - 10pm

Working a variety of shifts including weekend and Bank Holidays

Job Description

You’re ambitious for more leadership responsibility. Maybe one day, you’d like to run your own store or take on a bigger role in the future. First, you want to focus on your people development skills – crafting a team that delivers what you need, when you need it.

This is a well – balanced management role with clear accountability – you’ll understand exactly what’s expected of you and who to turn to for support. Whether you already have some supervisory experience or you’re looking to make the step up, it’s the perfect chance to get close to your team and grow your skills.

What you’ll be doing

Our purpose is that driven by our passion for food, together we serve and help every customer.

Food sets the standard for the rest of the store – getting it right means our customers choose to return again and again so it’s critical that grocery, fresh and produce are always available and looking their best. Your leadership will deliver throughout the day, every day. Reporting into our Lead Food Manager, your job is focused on operational in-store management, ensuring that your area is running smoothly, day in, day out.

There’s an emphasis on managing a medium to large instore team – assigning tasks and planning breaks, creating rotas, addressing performance issues both sensitively and effectively, and helping with recruitment. You’ll be a visible leader on the shop floor, a role model who drives training and creates a team where everyone feels welcome, and colleagues feel safe to challenge the way things are done.

What success looks like

There’s lots to achieve. Here’s how you’ll know you’re developing:

  • You’re supporting the Lead Food Manager to deliver improved customer and retail outcomes in your area

  • You’ll work closely with another Food Manager, sharing ideas and identifying ways to improve things, and provide a brilliant handover from each shift to the next

  • You’re confident being direct with your team – you’re giving honest feedback, early and often

  • You’ve learned how to help your team to put themselves in the customers’ shoes, taking genuine pride in how we deliver a better service

  • You’re increasingly making decisions at pace and comfortable not knowing all the answers

About you

We’re open minded about your career trajectory. You’re probably already managing or supervising people in a similarly fast-paced setting and confident to deal with the many different challenges each day throws up – your team are depending on you!

You’ll need to share Sainsbury’s love of technology. We’re ahead of the curve here – we do as much as we can digitally – from stock management to rotas.

What matters most is you – you’re motivated to develop, dedicated to bringing out the best in others and, like all of us, passionate about customer service. After all, that’s what our stores are all about.

Where next?

The Sainsbury’s instore management structure is designed precisely to help people like you to progress, and where everyone has the support and the opportunity to deliver excellence. When joining us you will receive a clear induction and orientation alongside a training plan specific to your needs that you'll build alongside your manager. They will support and coach you to deliver great performance, whilst having plenty of time to develop.

As a Food Manager you could move into a Lead Manager role in Food, In-store Customer Experience, Clothing or General Merchandise. Looking further ahead, it’s great preparation for a Store Management role or a leadership challenge across the Sainsbury’s family: Habitat, Tu, Argos, Sainsbury’s Bank and Nectar 360. Trust us – we know how to make the most of your potential.

Added benefits

Salary will be dependent upon your experience as well as the store size, complexity and location. Alongside this, we also offer a great range of benefits for all our colleagues, including:

  • Discount card – 10% discount off on your shopping at Sainsbury’s, Argos, Tu and Habitat after four weeks. This increases to 15% discount off at Sainsbury’s every Friday and Saturday and 15% off at Argos every pay day.

  • Free food and hot drinks provided for Colleagues in all our stores.

  • Generous holiday entitlement, maternity and paternity leave

  • Pension – we’ll match 4-7.5% of your pension contributions

  • Sainsbury’s share scheme – build up an investment at discounted rates

  • Wellbeing support – access to emotional support, counselling, legal and financial advice

  • Colleague networks – link with like-minded people to help fulfil your potential

  • Our Cycle to Work scheme gives you the opportunity to hire a new bike and cycling equipment, whilst saving on tax and NI

  • Special offers on gym memberships, restaurants, holidays, retail vouchers and more

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Lend a hand, lead an industry, break the mould. Become the best you that you can be, in a role you enjoy.

Retail & Consumer Goods
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Mission & Purpose

Sainsbury's is one of the UK's leading supermarket chains, offering a wide range of groceries, household essentials, clothing, and other products both in-store and online. With a focus on quality, affordability, and convenience, Sainsbury's serves millions of customers across the country through its network of stores, online shopping platform, and delivery services. Committed to sustainability and social responsibility, Sainsbury's strives to reduce its environmental impact, support local communities, and promote healthier living choices among its customers.


  • Colleague discount card

    4 weeks into your role, you’re eligible for a handy 10% off your shop. That’s every time you spend with Sainsbury’s, Argos or Habitat, in store and online. And you can nominate a second user for your card, be that your mother, brother or significant other (as long as you live at the same address).

  • Annual bonus scheme

    While our bonus schemes vary across different sites and roles, they all share the same feel-good factor. Good to know.

  • Pensions

    Planning for your future? So are we. We’ll automatically enroll you onto our pension scheme. And we’ll give you free life cover, equating to a year’s pay. If you choose to pay more with Step Up contributions, then your pension and life cover increases.

  • Holidays

    Whilst holiday allowances vary across roles, we offer a paid holiday entitlement that grows as your career does.

  • Love it

    Enjoy group outings and fun activities? The you’ll love “love it!”. Love it is the home for hundreds of exclusive discounts and savings at over a thousand retailers, including restaurants, cinemas and retail stores. What’s not to love?

  • Awards for long service

    We owe so much to our long-serving colleagues. That’s why we’re all about rewarding their continuous service and celebrating their key milestones. Just the way it should be.