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District Operator

156346 Requisition ID:  156346 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  Lawtons Operations 

Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Nova Scotia  

City: Dartmouth / Stellarton / Sydni

Location: Dartmouth Office, Foord St. Office 

Postal Code: B2Y 4B1 


Our family of 127,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.  


A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawton’s Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 


All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.



Sobeys is looking for a District Operator for Lawtons Retail Operations to join our Nova Scotia team.  We're looking for a driven, passionate, business minded leader who is looking for a challenging opportunity in a fast-paced environment.

Job Description

Drive employee engagement and industry leading customer experience within the district
•    Coach, develop and empower their teams
•    Review employee and customer engagement results and develop overall action plans, and coach according to market insights
•    Inspire a positive, customer oriented culture and develop customer service KPIs




Lead Store Managers, Front Store Managers, Home Health Care Managers, and oversee store management development
•    Oversee store management’s life cycle including selection, training, performance management, and compensation
•    Own succession planning performance


Own district team strategy
•    Build strategy that aligns with functional strategy
•    Develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure success
•    Communicate with leader/ team to provide KPI and strategy updates


Lead district external compliance and implementation of industry leading store standards
•    Own implementation of external compliance including Integrated Health Management and Food Safety regulations
•    Own the execution of internal programs to drive store, product, labour and customer service standards


Oversee community involvement and brand advocacy within
•    Drive implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and district involvement in the community


Own district Income/ Profit & Loss and drive performance to meet targets
•    Own development of district business plans to drive sales/ business growth
•    Lead capital project
•    Oversee plan vs. actual performance

Job Requirements

What your resume will include and demonstrate to us:

  • An undergraduate degree (preferred)
  • 10 years of relevant work experience (preferred)
  • Minimum of 3 years experience as a store manager or equivalent work experience
  • Full knowledge of store operations
  • Full knowledge of business processes tools
  • Knowledgeable of union contracts and franchise business models
  • Full knowledge of company policies and procedures
  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire
  • Strong ability to communicate (oral and written) with all lines of business
  • Ability to build strong relationships with external and internal customers
  • Ability to embrace change
  • Ability to analyze financial trends, identify improvement opportunities and build a long term plan; strategic thinking
  • Ability to effectively create and manage a budget
  • Enterprise knowledge and ability to navigate within the organization
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

If you feel that this describes the kind of work you want to do, and you are excited about what Sobeys has to offer, then we look forward to reviewing your application.  Please ensure that you take the time to ensure your profile shows us why you’re the most qualified applicant for the role.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading Canadian company with a clear vision and focus.  We are only accepting online applications and welcome applications from all qualified people interested in this challenge. We will be contacting only those who will be selected to interview.

Sobeys offers our employees many valuable benefits such as:

  • Growing organization
  • Competitive salary
  • Profit Sharing Plan (based on company performance)
  • Pension plan
  • Flexible health and dental benefits plan (eligible employees)
  • Ongoing Training & Development
  • Opportunity for internal mobility to other departments and/or promotions (for employees who are strong performers)

Sobeys is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.



While all responses are appreciated only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.


We appreciate the interest from the Staffing industry however respectfully request no calls or unsolicited resumes from Agencies.