UNFI Opening a Shared Services Center in Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to expand its already robust New England presence and boost customer experience, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) has announced plans to open a new Shared Services Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island; the company additionally noted plans to hold a Finance Job Fair this month in order to staff its new location.
"This initiative is very important to us. We are thrilled to open offices in Lincoln just 15 minutes from our Providence headquarters,” said Rick Alberts, Vice President, Shared Services, in a company press release. “This expansion reinforces UNFI's investment in Rhode Island, enhances our customer’s experience, and will maximize career path opportunities for our associates."
In its press release, UNFI noted that the Fortune 500 company has grown significantly since its move to Rhode Island in 2009. Net sales of $9.1 billion, over the past year, represent growth of over 165 percent since the fiscal year that ended in 2008, and the company has grown to 33 distribution centers throughout the United States—with no plans to slow down.
In addition to bringing more jobs to Rhode Island, UNFI noted its community-focused agenda, with plans to engage Lincoln and the surrounding communities through its Helping Hands Committee.
“Each year our associates donate thousands of hours to people and nonprofits in need. Volunteerism is part of our culture, and we're looking forward to working with organizations in our new community," said Alberts.
The company’s Finance Job Fair will take place on Thursday, August 3rd from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Transition Solutions, 640 George Washington Highway, Building A, Second Floor, Lincoln, RI. At the hiring event, UNFI will interview candidates for opportunities in a variety of positions, ranging from entry-level to supervisor and specialist.
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