Nutrition Technician.

Help people live happier lives with healthier food choices.

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  • Co-created by Kroger.
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  • Total Duration:

    4 weeks, 16 Experiences

    Job Status:

    Full-time, Guaranteed

    Enrollment Open:

    Fall 2017
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    Employer Benefits.

    Besomebody Benefits Rating (BBR): A+
  • Job Description.

    Summary

    Promote and implement Kroger Health and nutrition programs in stores for associates and customers. Under the direction of a registered dietitian nutritionist, work cross functionally with existing resources at The Little Clinic (TLC), Pharmacy and retail divisions to enhance health and wellness and nutrition programs. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.


    Essential Job Functions
    • Work closely with store managers on store initiatives that involve health and wellness.
    • Be the main point of contact for all Kroger Health services and programs - Dietitian Services, TLC and Pharmacy - in your assigned store.
    • Provide basic nutrition education to associates.
    • Prepare and present easy-to-make, healthy meals.
    • Assist departments in merchandizing “better for you” foods.
    • Walk the store to engage and help customers find non-disease specific “better for you” products.
    • Answer customers’ basic questions about products and supplements.
    • Market nutrition counseling services to associates and customers.
    • Coordinate with the pharmacy and providers at TLC on health and wellness programs.
    • Represent the division at wellness fairs and events to promote healthy living tips and products.
    • Promote and conduct general nutrition “walk and talk” tours.
    • Attend huddles each day with associates.
    • Train associates on the basic nutrition attributes of products in their departments.
    • Confirm all nutrition/wellness signage is appropriately placed and visible.
    • Coordinate monthly wellness festivals with Pharmacy, TLC, external partners and departments.
    • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.


    Behaviors/Skills
    • 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.


    Potential Career Path from this position

    Retail Dietitian.

    Meet Your Path Leaders.

    Janine Faber, MEd, RD, LD
    Path Instructor
    Registered Dietitian and Retail Expert
    14 Years Industry Experience
    Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND
    Curriculum Developer
    Vice President, Retail Dietetics & Nutrition,
    The Little Clinic
    41 Years Industry Experience

    Path Overview.

    Experience 1: Welcome to Nutrition Tech at Kroger.

    Welcome to Nutritional Tech at Kroger. First, get to know your instructors as we learn the fundamentals of good nutrition. You'll learn how what we eat effects how we think, act and feel through a fun and informative exercise that starts in the produce section and extends across the store. Each Candidate will get to share a bit about himself/herself, and we'll discuss facts and fallacies and how nutrition has helped or hurt our lives.

    Skills Learned:

    Grocery Store Expertise, Basic Nutritional Comprehension

    Experience 2: Food Labeling & Common Misconceptions.

    We'll take a walking tour of the store to dive deep into Food Labels. You'll learn about what everything on the label means, why it matters, and discuss how you can share that information with Customers.

    Skills Learned:

    Communication, Food Label Understanding

    Experience 3: Food Makeover 1.

    Now you'll partner with a fellow Candidate and/or Associate, and talk through modifying preferences to build a healthier diet. You'll first watch and listen as your instructor talks through some suggestions. Then, you'll offer your own insight and recommendations. You'll get real-time feedback as you go, so you continue to hone your skills.

    Skills Learned:

    Communication, Problem Solving, Basic Nutritional Comprehension

    Experience 4: Customer Engagement.

    This experience will teach you how to approach strangers in a welcoming, exciting and engaging way. A core part of your job will be connecting with people in the store, and much of the work begins before you even begin a conversation about Nutrition. You need to get them interested in you by first learning about them.

    Skills Learned:

    Customer Engagement, Creativity, Communication

    Experience 5: Nutrition Presentation Preparation.

    We'll discuss all the key elements to putting together an exciting in-store presentation - how and where to setup, what tools you can use, how to get other Associates involved and onboard, how to market your station/presentation, and how to attract the most customers. You will be given a topic and spend class time working on the presentation.

    Skills Learned:

    Creativity, Communication, Product Marketing

    Experience 6: Nutrition Presentation Execution.

    Now, the spotlight is on you. It's your show, and your mission is to attract and engage as many people as possible. You'll learn to setup your station, make it as visually appealing as possible, add your own creative flair, and start sharing your passion! Answer any questions Customers have. Your instructor will be on hand to help as needed.

    Skills Learned:

    Customer Engagement, Communication, Product Marketing

    Experience 7: Food & Store Safety 1.

    We'll discuss why safety matters in nutrition and wellness, and go over Kroger's approach to safety. You'll learn how to maintain a safe and sterile work environment, including when sampling products and food. You'll also learn how and when to escalate an issue to your manager if you notice something awry, or if a customer tells you something that needs immediate attention. Complete Kroger's Food Safety Program.

    Skills Learned:

    Safety Awareness, Communication, Food Safety Understanding

    Experience 8: Food & Store Safety 2.

    We'll discuss why safety matters in nutrition and wellness, and go over Kroger's approach to safety. You'll learn how to maintain a safe and sterile work environment, including when sampling products and food. You'll also learn how and when to escalate an issue to your manager if you notice something awry, or if a customer tells you something that needs immediate attention. Complete Kroger's Food Safety Program.

    Skills Learned:

    Safety Awareness, Communication, Food Safety Understanding

    Experience 9: Cooking Basics and Eating on a Budget.

    In this Experience, you'll learn the key strategies to cooking for a healthy lifestyle, and you'll also learn 3 easy recipes for some of the most healthy and tasty meals. Watch your instructor in action, and then sample the goods! You will also look at prepared foods (deli and frozen) and evaluate healthier options and show the instructor what to look for when determining better for you choices.

    Skills Learned:

    Meal Preparation, Basic Cooking, Problem Solving

    Experience 10: Working as a Team.

    Plan for a sampling day of a recipe that promotes healthy eating and is economical.

    Skills Learned:

    Creativity, Communication

    Experience 11: Store Tour--Fresh Ideas from the Freezer.

    In this Experience, you'll learn the oft-forgotten value of frozen foods. We'll talk through how the combination of frozen and fresh can really bring together a balanced meal. We'll take turns engaging with Customers in the frozen food aisles to learn their preferences, habits, questions and suggestions. You'll provide Customers tips in real-time to help them make healthier choices.

    Skills Learned:

    Customer Engagement, Food Label Understanding, Basic Nutritional Comprehension

    Experience 12: Store Tour—Natural Foods.

    In this experience, you will learn how to talk with the customer about organic, natural, gluten-free, non-GMO. Communication and understanding where the customer is coming from with their core beliefs is important for keeping them engaged.

    Skills Learned:

    Customer Engagement, Food Label Understanding, Collaboration

    Experience 13: Marketing Dietitian Services.

    Today we'll be joined by our top Dietitian and our associates to learn all about our Dietitian programs and the services they provide. You'll learn the best way to communicate these programs - and their benefits - to Customers. The more people participating in our Dietitian program, the more measurable an effect we have on building healthy communities.

    Skills Learned:

    Communication, Marketing

    Experience 14: Nutrition Concerns with Common Disease States.

    Nearly 30 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population has diabetes. It’s the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. At Kroger, we are committed to doing our part to help educate people on prevention, symptoms and treatment, focused on healthy eating habits. We’ll learn about this disease as well as other common diseases and conditions like obesity, hypertension, celiac and heart disease.

    Skills Learned:

    Basic Nutritional Comprehension, Wellness Comprehension

    Experience 15: Associate Training Day.

    Now it's your turn to be the Instructor! You'll each spend time teaching each department core aspects of Nutrition within their department, including: how to read a food label, the basics about ingredients, understanding the food groups, understanding “better for you” products in their department and answering any other basic questions they have.

    Skills Learned:

    Grocery Store Expertise, Communication, Food Label Understanding, Collaboration, Food Safety Understanding, Basic Nutritional Comprehension, Wellness Comprehension, Oral Presentation

    Experience 16: Final Free Float.

    We’ll treat the last day of your Path like the first day on the job. You’ll have full reign to float the store, talk with shoppers and host demo’s, just like you would when you start full-time.

    Skills Learned:

    Grocery Store Expertise, Communication, Food Label Understanding, Collaboration, Food Safety Understanding, Basic Nutritional Comprehension, Wellness Comprehension, Oral Presentation

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