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Regional People Development Partner in Providence at United Natural Foods, Inc.

Date Posted: 11/24/2018

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Job Description

Power to the people!

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) is looking for a Regional People Development Partner to join our People & Change (P&C) team. You will play a key role to help us realize our P&C mission to achieve amazing outcomes through our people. You will be the champion for learning & development for our Operations leaders in our three geographic regions (Atlantic, Central & Pacific), working closely with our front-line Supervisors and Managers to help them attain their full potential as UNFI leaders.

Who We Are

Do you want to be a part of a mission that matters? At UNFI, our purpose is to connect farms to families by delivering organic and natural food to plates across North America because everyone deserves to have healthier food options. We discover what’s next by building new ideas and discovering possibilities that drive the industry forward. We are pioneers who every day deliver new choices that shape the foodscape.

We are the industry leader in the wholesale distribution of natural and organic foods and products, giving families access to healthier options throughout the US and Canada. With 43,000 customer locations and 10,000 employees, you will work for a national, Fortune 300 corporation with an exciting history of growth and expansion.

We believe that:

  • Freedom of food choice matters
  • Discovering what’s next keeps us vital
  • We’re not afraid to get our hands dirty
  • We’re here to connect food, people and the planet
  • New routes can take us anywhere
  • Scale drives our ability to positively impact lives
  • There is no limit to fresh ideas
  • Sustainability is our responsibility


A Bit About You…

  • You thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • You enjoy rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty to solve important challenges
  • You wake up in the morning with a passion to inspire others to be great
  • You are a natural at connecting with others and building strong relationship networks
  • You have an insatiable thirst for learning and constantly seek to enhance your capabilities
  • You strive to connect your work to the “big picture”
  • You possess a positive mindset and often show others opportunities they may otherwise overlook


A Day in the Life

As a Regional People Development Partner, a typical day might include the following activities:

  • Conduct an onboarding meeting with a new Operations Supervisor to provide him or her with an overview of our leadership development program
  • Facilitate and support the development of a growing catalog of virtual learning offerings for a cross-functional and geographically dispersed cohort of Operations leaders
  • Work with front-line leaders to create and execute individual development plans
  • Navigate different technology solutions to identify themes and key opportunities in learning and development
  • Liaise with national People & Change team and provide insights into current business challenges
  • Stay fresh on leadership best practices through the People & Change Book Club and work together with teammates to apply learnings to our offerings


Desired Qualifications

  • Undergraduate 4-year degree in business or related area of study
  • 3+ years in Learning & Development, Talent Management or other related fields (training facilitation a plus)
  • Experience or familiarity with wholesale distribution or manufacturing environment a plus
  • Experience designing and supporting L&D programs for small to medium sized groups, including Learning Management Software (LMS)
  • Strong analytical & reporting skills
  • Ability to succeed working both independently and remotely
  • Continuing education or relevant professional certifications a plus
  • Estimated travel 50%

Job Requirements



  • Undergraduate degree in Business, Organizational Development, Human Resources Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain or other related field preferred
  • Certifications / membership in related professional associations such as ATD, SHRM, HCI (S/PHR), etc. a plus



  • 5+ years related experience in role with similar background/experience, such as HR Generalist / Business Partner / Manager or Operations/Supply chain role with exhibited success in all aspects of people management & talent development
  • System Implementation Preferred



  • Understanding of wholesale distribution model, ideally with strong UNFI business acumen and understanding of inner-workings of DC environment
  • Prior experience designing and delivering learning/training programs, ideally in a wholesale distribution, manufacturing or retail (non-exempt) environment
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office applications, particularly MS PowerPoint, Word & Excel
  • Strong awareness of HR functions and processes such as performance management, policies/procedures, talent development, employee relations, etc



  • 50%+ travel required to Distribution Centers within geographic region; actual travel will depend on where resource is based Delivery and occasional development of learning & development content and coursework
  • Cultivate strategic relationships key stakeholders across levels & DCs within region
  • Operate at a high level with independence, autonomy and occasionally ambiguous environments
  • Detail-oriented; ability to track & administer multiple learning programs including all logistical aspects
  • Exhibits natural strength as a communicator / facilitator of training programs, meetings, etc.
  • System savvy – can learn and become proficient in new technologies such as LMS, e-learning program administration, video conferencing technologies, surveying tools, etc.
  • Exhibits persistence, dedication and high level of commitment to drive successful behavior / transformational change
  • Explores multiple avenues to continuously learn, evolve and innovate ways of working
  • Default optimistic & positive attitude amidst a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Cultivating influence and credibility with key business sponsors (i.e. Operations Leadership Teams, General Managers, Warehouse Management, HR Leadership, HR Managers, etc.)