Defense Commissary Agency Grocery Department Manager in Sheppard AFB, Texas

  • Duties



The foundation for success of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) mission is our people. It is DeCA's goal to have a workforce that is representative of the nation's diverse cultures and backgrounds. We strive for a work environment of world-class enterprise leaders and an engaged, highly motivated, and capable workforce with a results oriented performance culture.

The DeCA operates a worldwide commissary system that provides quality grocery products at cost to active duty military personnel and retirees, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and their families. The agency employs about 18,000 people and its annual sales exceed $6 billion.

Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency do NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes.

If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them at the time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

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  • Serve as Manager of the Grocery Department in a Commissary Store, directing all department activities that may include a small warehouse or repositioning area; a separate receiving area; and/or contract shelf stocking.

  • Supervise department employees in the assignment of duties and balance of workload.

  • Ensure ordering, receiving, stocking, pricing, selling and subsistence supplies are properly maintained.

  • Ensure that end displays, special product promotions, and patron savings programs are properly displayed and promoted.

  • Enforce safety rules and regulations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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1144 Commissary Management

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment

Must be a United States Citizen Application materials must be received by 11:59 EST On the closing date.

Conditions of Employment: Work Schedule: Full Time Tour of Duty: Irregular Schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays Permanent change of Station (PCS) Cost: Are Authorized Position sensitivity: Non-Critical Sensitive Security Requirements: Not Applicable Overtime: Occasionally Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt Bargaining Unit Position: No Drug Testing: Not Required Physical Requirement: Must be able to lift products weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted, and occasionally over 40 pounds with assistance. Selective Service Requirement: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or exempt from Selective Service. Please visit for more information. Obligated Position: No

Other Notes:

  • Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.

  • Incumbent must complete a conflict of interest questionnaire as a condition of employment.

  • Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.

  • Applicants that have had a position change that involved a permanent change of station (PCS) move are deferred from referral consideration for a period of one year, unless the vacancy is within the local commuting area of the employee's current duty station.

  • Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing.

  • Overseas Employees: DeCA employees working overseas MUST submit copies of your latest SF-50, showing your grade and salary.


In accordance with the Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Administrative and Management Positions and IOR requirement for the Commissary Management Series,,applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level OR Master's degree or two full years of progressively higher graduate level education OR a combination of education and specialized experience by the closing date.

Examples of Specialized Experience: Managing a commissary store, supermarket, or similar type of commercial retail food store. Managing a department in a retail food store. Planning, standardizing, or controlling operations in an assigned group of retail food stores. Developing, interpreting, or applying policies, procedures, and operating standards for use in a retail food store. Providing technical advice on merchandising and operational matters pertaining to grocery, meats, and produce supplies, as well as front-end operations.

In addition to meeting the qualifications outlined above, you must also meet the following requirements;

Time-in-Grade: Current or previous federal employees must have held a permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service for a minimum of 52 weeks at the GS-07 (or equivalent) level to be eligible for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Time after competitive appointment: Candidates applying under merit promotion must have completed three months of civilian service after a competitive appointment by the closing date of the announcement. (5 CFR 330.501)

Volunteer Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).

Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Appropriate education may be substituted for or combined with experience. This education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See for more information.

To be creditable, education must be in a major field such as business administration, public administration, agricultural economics (food industry management), or other fields related to the position. The education must have equipped the applicant with the knowledge and ability to perform the work of the position. This would be evidenced by on-the-job training in food retail management or an internship or practicum in food retail management.

Transcripts must be provided if you are using education to qualify. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received by this office no later than 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered.

Additional information

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and a copy of your Military sponsor's PCS orders. Information for claiming Military Spouse Preference may be found at the link below.

Additional required supporting documentation: Required documents vary based on the authority under which you are applying (i.e. current permanent Federal employee, military spouse, Schedule A, etc.). See for more information.

Individual with Financial Difficulty

REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

Re-employed Annuitant: This position Does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

Re-employed Annuitant: A former Federal employee who has retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is an Annuitant. An annuitant cannot be hired (i.e. re-employed) unless the vacant position meets the criteria in the Department of Defense (DOD) policy on employment of annuitants issued December 10, 2008.

Re-employed Annuitant: "Does Not Meet Criteria" the vacancy does not meet the criteria for appointment of annuitants (irrespective of eligibility or qualifications). Annuitant applicants are advised, in accordance with DoD Policy, that further consideration for the vacancy is not permitted.

If you are using part-time work to qualify fo this position, be sure your resume reflects the beginning and ending dates of your employment and the number of hours you worked per week.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

EVALUATION Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Commissary Operations

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Merchandising

  • Supervision

  • Customer Service

  • Inspection


To determine your qualifications, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the questions. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Sensitive

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

Application packages should include the following documents:

Resume: Required. To ensure full consideration of your experience and education we encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to prepare your resume or to guide you in preparing your resume. See for more information.

For qualifications determinations your resume must contain a description of your duties, the number of hours worked per week and the beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position. Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

Questionnaire: Required Transcripts: If Applicable

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the 03/19/2018 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.

You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.

You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

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Agency contact information
Erik Szpilka




Defense Commissary Agency West 1300 E Avenue Fort Lee, VA US

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Next steps

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicant reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews. Once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of decision.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/06/2018 to 03/19/2018

Salary: $50,598 to $65,778 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 9

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent