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Celebrating the beauty and spirit of northern Michigan in everything we make and do, Cherry Republic is the world's largest exclusive retailer of specialty cherry products and gifts, offering more than 200 items including cherry salsas, sauces, candies, dried cherries, baked goods, soda pop, and wine.

Headquartered in the heart of Cherry Country in the village of Glen Arbor, Cherry Republic was founded in 1989 based on the core values of 'Life, Liberty, Beaches, Pie' -- a genuine, heartfelt description of who we are and who we strive to be each day. With six Michigan retail stores/wineries (Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Frankenmuth, Holland, and Charlevoix), hundreds of wholesale distributors, a popular mail order gift catalog, and a thriving e-commerce site, Cherry Republic has helped spread the good news of cherries around the world!
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Whistle While You Work!

At Cherry Republic we believe work should be fun! In fact, each of our Core Values touches on not only making our customers happy, but making our employees happy, as well.
So in addition to a competitive medical benefits package, options for employee housing and your usual list of bennies (paid time off, paid holidays, 401K, etc.), we offer our staff extra perks that make our work environment a bit unique:
  • Leaf Day! We take off the 3rd Monday in October to celebrate fall in Northern Michigan!
  • Enjoy a paid ½ day off on your birthday each year. Just because.
  • Free (non-alcoholic) drinks at work. Sip coffee, tea, cherry lemonade and pop.
  • Fun events like CR family lunches, Harvest Dinner, holiday party and more.
  • Generous employee discounts (40% for FT and 25% for PT) on Cherry Republic products.
  • 40% off meals at The Public House while you’re on the clock!
  • College Match Program for students enrolled in a Michigan Education Savings Plan and meet certain requirements.
  • Sound like your kind of place? Then we invite you to check out our current job openings, and throw your hat in the ring!

How to Apply

To ensure the health and safety of our customers and workers, we have updated our policies, procedures, and training to reflect the latest guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.

Our current job openings are listed below. If you find one you think you'd be perfect for, apply on Indeed or fill out the application below and submit it. If you have any questions please email us at employment@cherryrepublic.com.

Even if you don't see a job you like, get in touch with us. We're always looking for fun-loving go-getters. If that's you, don't be a stranger!

Cherry Republic would be an Equal-Opportunity Employer even if it wasn't required by law.

Available Positions

 
Positions listed in order of date posted.

Cherry Republic’s Product Manager (PM) is responsible for developing and leading the overall product vision and strategy for individual products and categories across our various sales channels including brick and mortar, e-commerce, catalog, wholesale, and business gifts. Overseeing a range of unique cherry-based categories from chocolate, wine and gifts, to bakery and homegoods, the PM’s main functions include product development and lifecycle management, optimizing category/channel mix through sales and market analysis, pricing strategy and generating/analysing marketing insights -- all in an effort to provide the highest quality product to Cherry Republic’s (CR) Citizens and meet sales/margin plans.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Product Strategy: Collaborate with stakeholders to develop and lead CR’s product vision and strategy. Identify product opportunities, category gaps, and customer pain points, then collaborate with designers, production staff and vendors to refine and enhance the product line.
  • Product Lifecycle: Utilize best business practices to manage products from concept, to design, sample production, testing, forecast cost, mass production, promotion, support and end of life stages.
  • Product Development: Direct the research, development and success of new food products and the Red Ladder homegoods line, with strong multi-departmental communication and processes.
  • Product Promotion: Work with marketing and sales team members to create brand-forward marketing campaigns to expand brand reach and market share, including web and retail merchandising.
  • Pricing Optimization: Define optimal pricing through sales trend analysis, market competition, buying habits, and merchandising of products to drive sales and profitability.
  • Data Analysis: Analyze and draw actionable conclusions from various data sets including sales, production, sampling, market conditions and customer insights to drive informed decision making. Also direct the Product Specialist in their data duties.
  • Market Assessment: Assess market competition by comparing Cherry Republic’s products to competitor’s products with the goal of realizing opportunities.
  • New Vendor Relationships: Research and begin strategic relationships with potential vendors. Work alongside the purchasing team to negotiate contracts and product terms.
  • Leadership, Management and Accountability: Encourage success and professional growth and development of the Product Specialist role.

Necessary Skills:

  • Experienced project manager and process developer. Experience with Lean/SixSigma (or similar) processes and organizations is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with the competitive CPG marketplace with vision of growing Cherry Republic market share (food experience strongly preferred).
  • Equally creative and analytical in order to move fluidly between idea generation, strategy building and execution.
  • Ability to discuss technical details and collaborate with production & design teams, while clearly communicating product story with customers, leadership, marketing and sales members.
  • Ability to resolve escalated issues arising from operational hurdles; requiring coordination with other departments.
  • Exude Cherry Republic’s brand, values and vision in day-to-day work and customer-facing decisions.
  • Successfully negotiate contracts to Cherry Republic’s advantage.
  • Ability to self-start, work independently, stay organized, and prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Excellent communicator and highly collaborative.
  • Always think “customer first.”
  • Strong follow through to ensure all tasks are fully completed and feedback loops are closed.
  • Sense of urgency and deadline oriented.
  • Technical competency with product management software and other computer applications.

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience: 5+ years experience building, launching and managing products. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required in a related field (Marketing, Business, Product, etc).
  • Communication and Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret data with excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Managerial Experience: Experience successfully leading a team.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate numbers and recognize patterns when analyzing data.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to communicate issues accurately and thoroughly to all individuals involved.
  • Computer/Technical Skills: Must be proficient with product management software and latest Microsoft office properties.
  • Physical Requirements: This is a position that requires periods of time working in a stationary position (over 50%) of the day when performing computer based tasks. Close range computer work is required along with the use of other office equipment.

Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Glen Arbor
Posted: 9/28/2021

The General Embassy Manager is responsible for:

  • Financial planning: Inventory management, formulating and hitting financial strategic goals, and devising performance indicators and expectations utilizing the financial foundation of each embassy (i.e. southern store locations). Creating and analyzing processes as well as understanding and teaching foundations of profitability.
  • “Bridging the Gap”: Fostering and maintaining connections between southern retail locations, with corporate, and between southern and northern stores. The GM connects, synthesizes, and custom-fits the core values of Cherry Republic organically to each embassy via transparent communication and teamwork. The GM supports the development of each embassy management team.
  • “Being the Rudder”: Maintaining and managing cultural activities and service standards throughout stores. Maintains intentional customer service that both fits the embassy/customer and achieves transparency and replicability throughout all stores.
  • Discernment and Support: Advocates for management and ambassador requests by liaising needs to Cherry Republic Leadership Team. Works with each core department to continually improve customer experience. Facilitates core company practices while maintaining unique embassy experiences.

Regular Essential Duties:

  • Recruitment & Training: Maintains store management by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training. Provides a safe and clean store environment. Secures merchandise by implementing security systems and measures. Trains, adheres, and advocates for EOS model
  • Staff Management: Directs store leadership by coaching embassy management. Monitors and appraises short term and long term sales goals. Holds all staff accountable to Cherry Republic store policies and procedures. Monitors all merchandising standards in accordance to Cherry Republic standards of Operation.
  • Budgeting: Works with finance to maintain budgeting including the following elements: store p&l’s, payroll, decor and expenses, repair and maintenance, and supplies (as they evolve.)
  • Leadership: Supports training specialist in facilitation of staff training through CR 101 & Service from the Heart. Exudes CR’s values and acts as a role model for all staff members. Supports team development (management skills, crossover skills, skills for company growth). Nurtures support of staff development both personally and professionally by fostering company culture.
  • Community and B2B Outreach: Supports embassy leadership in development of area and community relationships. Facilitates amplification of the brand through support of staff volunteering, networking, and donations utilizing the company core value of Liberty .Supports embassy management in local business outreach. Liaise with HQ around structure and process as it evolves.
  • Store Opening Procedures:
    • Initiation of new brick and mortar contract negotiations. Being able to analyze and predict store success, as well as ability to assist in the fluctuation and setting of expectations of elements such as store traffic, sales, inventory, etc. to understand how to build a profitable store.
    • Maintaining and facilitating embassy capital improvements annually.
    • Cultivation and maintenance of the internal store opening process as it develops.

Necessary Skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of G-Suite and specifically excel/google sheets, Adobe products, and familiarity with ERP systems as well as online payroll processes.
  • Customer focused with a positive attitude.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Highly organized; ability to manage multiple departments.
  • Ability to accommodate moderate travel requirements.
  • Highly flexible for adapting seasons and schedules.
  • Ability to multitask various tasks during on and off season.
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities and follow through to ensure tasks are completed and goals are met or exceeded.
  • Thorough knowledge of departmental budgeting and tracking of expenses for compliance.
  • Ability to successfully lead & manage sales TEAM(s).
  • Results DRIVEN!

Qualifications:

  • Project Management: Aptitude in managing ongoing and unique projects, occasionally simultaneously.
  • Data Management: Ability to seek out and implement platforms and/or software which make regular data synthesization more efficient and effective.
  • Training: Background in training groups of people.
  • Presentation Skills: Experience in powerpoint and/or other forms of visual presentation.
  • Vendor Facilitation: Experience in working with outside vendors/contractors including budget elements, taking bids, and facilitating unique and ongoing contracts from third party sources.
  • Leasing Elements: Lease renewal/working with landlords/lease negotiations.

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree from four-year College or University; or three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 5+ years of retail management experience, preferably multi unit. Demonstrated ability to manage people and co-create processes in tandem with company leadership as well as staff.

Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Southern Michigan
Posted: 9/13/2021

Cherry Republic’s Retail Ambassador helps to provide a quality customer service experience by assisting customers and providing overall support to Retail Management and staff. This role will be cross-trained to work in several customer-facing areas, including cashier, sales floor, and soda tasting.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Retail Management as directed in accomplishing operational and customer service oriented tasks and responsibilities.
  • Enforcement of Cherry Republic customer service expectations through example.
  • Ability to follow and enforce policy and procedures.
  • Strong desire to provide quality customer service with a positive attitude.
  • Assist Retail Management as backup and shared ownership of the following duties:
    • Help with events in the store and throughout the company.
    • Cash handling & Point of Sale (POS) operations.
    • Continually work towards monitoring the appearance and cleanliness of Retail Store.
  • Apply practices from CR 101 training established by customer service guidelines.
  • Inform customers of daily specials, sales, Ship from Store etc. Look for upselling opportunities and upsell when possible.
  • Ensure that merchandise is clean and prepared for display.
  • Maintain floor inventory, the store should look full.
  • Ensure that promotions are accurate and merchandised to company standards.
  • Ability to perform Ship from Store.

Skills You Need

  • Excellent communicator and able to deliver superior customer service.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Organized, team player who has a good understanding of the culture of Cherry Republic.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all cherry products sold in store.
  • Ability to sell to a customer's needs, as well as establish relationships with returning customers.
  • Self-motivated, multi-tasker and detail oriented.

Position Type: Part-Time (Seasonal)
Location:  Ann Arbor, Charlevoix, Frankenmuth, Holland
Posted: 3/4/2021

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