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    1. Individual Assignment: Career Development Plan Summary.

    Imagine that you have recently been promoted to a midlevel management position, and your upper-level manager has revealed that your team will be restructured. Your team will take on new responsibilities that require the hiring of additional personnel and training for new and current employees. Your manager also wants to consider better methods for appraising the team’s performance than have been used in the past. Your task is to compose a proposal to be delivered to upper management regarding how this restructure will be designed and implemented.
    You may choose to use your own company, with the approval of your instructor or department, as the context for this assignment. Alternatively, you may select a position at Kudler Fine Foods that would be appropriate for this assignment. Kudler Fine Foods is found at: https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/secure/aapd/CIST/VOP/Business/Kudler/Internet/KudlerPort.htm

    • Write a 1,750- to 2,100- word proposal explaining to upper management the recommendations and justifications for the following:

    o The job descriptions and qualifications for five new positions (including one first-level management position)
    o Training program to introduce and enhance the skills and qualifications of new and current employees
    o Methods for evaluating employee and team performance, including a progressive discipline process. This section must cover each of the points discussed within the Learning Team assignment during Weeks Four and Five
    o Challenges of Team Performance evaluation, including:
     Differences between the two appraisal systems
     Difficulties of evaluating team performance
     Unique needs of a team appraisal system
     Team motivations and expectations
     Individual equity and how it impacts team performance
     Strategies to discourage social loafing
     Individual employee responsibilities towards the team
    o Incentive and benefits packages
    o Strategies for managing employees’ career development (promotion and educational opportunities, accommodations for diversity, etc.)
    o A fair and appropriate compensation plan

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    Kudler Fine Foods
    o The job descriptions and qualifications for five new positions (including one first-level management position)
    To expand the business operations of Kudler Fine Foods, the following five new positions are recommend, as each will play a significant role in the company’s future success including revenues, market share gain, customer retention, marketing and community relations.

    1) Position one is proposed as a Marketing Director. This position is crucial to the as the marketing director will perform market research as well as competitive intelligence to assist in our encroachment in the marketplace. In addition to the primary research performed, the Marketing Director will also be involved in additional market research that will consist of control, monitoring, feedback and evaluation of the brand will be done through quantifiable elements such as market share analysis, sales analysis, distribution penetration and the four Ps, price, product, promotion and placement. Perreault and McCarthy discuss how to identify good market segments. (Perreault et. al. 2004) The marketing director will be the custodian of this function to allow Kudler to focus on the business operations while the marketing is properly being addressed.
    2) The second position needed is one of a business manager. The business manager will oversee the business operations of all three locations and the locations in Kudler’s expansion plans. By having one manager oversee all business functions, the company will be ensured that the company’s processes are streamlined and that no variation in rules and regulations will occur.

    3) The third position will be that of a Catering Director. The company needs to be more competitive and expand its catering division, as Kudler’s competition, Trader Joes and Whole Foods both have catering divisions. The focus of this position will allow the company to reap the rewards of events and the expansion of its demographic.

    4) The fourth position will be that of an Entry Level Assistant Warehouse Supervisor. This assistant supervisor will work with the Warehouse Supervisor and Manager to ensure that product levels are appropriate and that all re-orders are done in accordance with consumer demand.

    5) The fifth position will be that of Administrative Assistant. This position will work directly for the Business Manager alleviating the burden of the clerical function of the position. The Administrative Assistant will work will all company managers to ensure compliance is being met through the implementation of a tracking system.

    o Training program to introduce and enhance the skills and qualifications of new and current employees.

    The company will budget for next year funds to allow ...

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