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Position: Local Food Purchaser & Closed-Loop Cafe Operations And Management
Organization: bare market
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting: August 1, 2019
Apply By: August 31, 2019
Start Date: September 3, 2019
Hours: 15-30+ hours per week initially, 40 hours long-term
Type: Independent Contractor to Full-Time Employee

About bare:

bare market is a package-free retail/grocery concept that aims to nudge behaviour change and incentivize everyday consumers to reduce waste and save money, while having fun doing so! We’ve helped divert almost 7,000 single-use containers from landfill and work across the supply chain to create environmental and social impact. We believe in the limitless potential of reducing waste on an individual, community and systems level. We also believe waste is a fantastic lever for starting a dialogue on systemic and more complex environmental and social issues.

As Toronto’s first one-stop-shop for all things package-free, bare market currently brings home and body care products to you at accessible pricing with our many pop-up shops around the city. In just a few months, however, we’ll have a storefront location in Toronto’s East end where we’ll also provide fresh produce, pre-prepared bulk foods and beverages, and daily made-to-order food items made at our in-house cafe.

For our first ever store front location, bare market is searching for one individual to both assist with the store opening, as well as help run and manage store operations once open. The ideal candidate will have experience within the food and/or food retail industry with hands-on cooking experience (professional or otherwise), as well as vendor and inventory management. In addition, you will ideally have experience in a fast-paced startup environment.

About the Position:

This is a very unique opportunity where you will start out as an independent contractor and transition to a full-time employee upon store opening. As an independent contractor you will work on a part-time basis, around 15-30 hours per week. Hours will increase as we get closer to the store launch in December.

This is a great opportunity to work hands-on alongside the owner and operator of a truly unique retail grocery space, while having a significant impact on the package-free shopping experience in Toronto. If you eat, breathe and dream sustainable food systems and waste reduction, food (menu development, cooking, nutrition, and sourcing), and retail operations, then this position is for you.

Initial Responsibilities:

  • Developing new and maintaining ongoing produce and prepared food vendor relationships, including wholesale negotiations and ordering procedures that facilitate the distribution of food to us without generating waste
  • Assistance with development of policies and procedures related to food sourcing/storage/handling and cafe operations and layout
  • Recipe testing, development, and pricing for staple cafe items and grab-and-go items
  • Jack-of-all-trades: assist with necessary operational paperwork and development for creating a strong administrative foundation for bare market as a physical location and business
  • More to be decided as position unfolds, as matches the needs of the company, as well as your capabilities and areas of interest 

Long-Term Responsibilities:

  • Developing new and maintaining ongoing produce and prepared food vendor relationships, including wholesale negotiations and ordering
  • Inventory management of fresh produce, prepared food, bulk food, and cafe food
  • Daily recipe development using odds and ends of surplus produce for full-circle, in-house cafe
  • Staff management and hiring, including staff schedule maintenance and training
  • Daily operations and maintenance of physical store
  • More to be decided as position unfolds, as matches the needs of the company, as well as your capabilities and areas of interest. 

Ideal Qualification Skills and Expertise:

  • Fresh and packaged food sourcing, vendor relationship development and negotiations, and inventory management
  • Fresh and prepared food cafe operations
  • Innovative and intuitive cook able to produce tasty and well-balanced recipes from simple ingredients, must be able to use of what’s available (i.e. what’s not selling) in a creative way to be reused in cafe offerings on a daily basis, knowledge of food safety and general nutrition (including common allergens) is a must
  • Store management experience (retail, food, or other related industry), preferably 2+ years
  • Customer service experience, preferably 2+ years
  • Staff management and hiring, as well as schedule development and maintenance
  • Operational policy development and writing
  • Administrative expertise, technology savvy
  • Passionate about sustainable food systems and waste mitigation
  • Confident team player, open-minded, creative thinker, and expert problem solver
  • Ability to work flexibly (initial schedule is more flexible time and location-wise until store opens, when work becomes location and schedule-dependent with evening and weekend availability required)

Physical Requirements and Certification:

  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs+
  • Both standing and sitting work on a daily basis
  • Food Safe certified (necessary, but can be acquired or renewed upon being hired)


  • In-store staff discounts
  • Opportunities for career development and growth
  • Complimentary access to in-store classes and workshops
  • Free meals from the cafe
  • 3 weeks vacation per year
  • Opportunity to help define the role
  • Ability to work from home or a remote location, unless needed on-site, during ‘build’ phase of storefront location (i.e. prior to December 15th soft launch) 


$16/hour prior to store opening, expected to increase post-store opening

How To Apply:

Please submit a PDF of your resume, plus a short video introduction (no more than 2 minutes in length) explaining why you believe you are the right candidate to Dayna Stein, Owner and Operator of bare market via email at . Please do not inquire or follow up via telephone.

Thank you in advance for your interest and time in applying. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Aug 2 2019    ID: 54359