Kroger - Associate Communications, Store Communications Manager

Department: Corporate Affairs - Associate Communications

Reports to: Head of Associate Communications

Develop, execute and scale streamlined store communications strategy for the enterprise, designed to inspire, motivate and engage store associates and enable execution against business priorities. Execute corporate internal communications initiatives to improve associate experience, engagement and communication; drive business results; and deliver on Our Purpose and Promise by sharing the company’s unique story. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Establish, lead and execute the long-term strategy for all communications sent to store associates in all grocery retail divisions across the company

  • Create a strategic platform and disciplined process for delivering all store communications materials, which drive engagement, share information and convey change

  • Deliver simple and impactful communications to maximize productivity and promote sales through an enhanced associate experience, role clarity/accountability and connection of associates to Our Purpose

  • Develop and implement systems, governance and best practices for store communication through competitive market analysis, collaboration with key leadership and associate feedback

  • Lead research efforts and development of new/enhanced processes, delivering compelling content across multiple channels

  • Develop metrics and key performance indicators to support business strategy and measure the effectiveness of store communication programs; strengthen planning and execution of future communications

  • Oversee the integrity of communication standards; consult with key internal stakeholders to foster alignment and improve performance in all lines of business

  • Advise and strategically counsel leaders on opportunities to enhance two-way communication and drive associate engagement and execution

  • Partner with Associate Communications at corporate and in retail divisions to create cross-channel campaigns that effectively reach associates at all levels of the store

  • Promote and embed Our Purpose and Promise in all communication; establish stories/content to support these initiatives

  • Manage relationships with outside resources/consultants to deliver information; oversee completion of work from concept to delivery

  • Travel for research, associate engagement, fostering relationships and project management

  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

BEHAVIORS/SKILLS:

Some of the Leadership Behaviors needed to successfully perform this position are:

  • Puts the Customer First - Anticipates customer needs, champions for the customer, acts with customers in mind, exceeds customers’ expectations, gains customers’ trust and respect.

  • Communicates effectively and candidly - Communicates clearly and directly, approachable, relates well to others, engages people and helps them understand change, provides and seeks feedback, articulates clearly, actively listens.

  • Achieves results through teamwork – Is open to diverse ideas, works inclusively and collaboratively, holds self and others accountable, involves others to accomplish individual and team goals.

  • Leads through positive influence – Demonstrates strong character; builds partnerships; models a conscious balance between work and personal life; takes personal responsibility for own development; role models leadership qualities such as motivation, inspiration, passion and trust.

  • Coaches and develops others - Develops and cares about associates, builds effective teams, helps people be their best, values and manages diversity, provides candid and constructive feedback.

  • Leads change and innovation - Challenges the status quo, embraces technology, puts forward creative ideas, champions and implements process improvements, gathers the ideas of others, demonstrates good judgment about which ideas will work.

  • Executes with excellence - Is action oriented, drives for results, sets clear expectations and milestones, reviews progress, acts decisively, solves problems, can be counted on to consistently meet or exceed goals.

  • Provides clear and strategic direction - Plans and organizes well, sets a clear and simple course of action, stays focused on the most important priorities, has the ability to visualize and plan for the future, understands the industry and marketplace.

  • Safety Awareness -Identifying and correcting conditions that affect employee safety; upholding safety standards.

MINIMUM POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 5+ years corporate communications experience

  • Experience with retail store communication

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field

  • Strong oral/written and advisory skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to understand/translate business priorities

  • Demonstrated ability leading multiple projects simultaneously

  • Proven success in collaboration, innovation and delivery of business results

  • Ability to influence at all levels of an organization

  • Prior creative approach to strategic problem-solving, messaging and communication delivery

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

DESIRED PREVIOUS JOB EXPERIENCE:

  • 7+ years corporate communications experience

  • Familiar with unions

  • Experience developing strategy that establishes systems, governance and best practices

POTENTIAL CAREER PATH FROM THIS POSITION:

  • Senior Manager, Associate Communications & Engagement

  • Corporate Affairs Manager

  • Head of Associate Communications & Engagement

Please apply here by November 9 or contact Erin.Lickliter@kroger.com.