Nichelle Staes, Expense Accounts Payable Associate Team Leader
- What does your title mean?
I focus on all facets of the corporate credit card program, including strategic development, financial platform, vendor and regional relationships, and cardholder happiness.
- When and where did you get your start at Whole Foods Market?
I started on the Specialty team at our Woodway store in Houston, Texas in 2004 and eventually also worked in the Whole Body, Prepared Foods, Bakery and Grocery departments. I moved to the Southwest Regional offices in Austin, taking a position as an administrative assistant and then moved to our Global Support offices in 2007 as an Executive Assistant to a Global Vice President. In early 2009, I was offered the newly-created role of Program Administrator for our purchase cards on our Global Accounts Payable team and, since then, the role has evolved into that of a Program Manager.
- A Day in the Life
A “typical”’ day for me will see me doing everything from general Ledger account reconciliations and wire transfers to troubleshooting account coding, handling field user questions and providing technical support for expense reports. I also frequently connect with Regional and Global Support business partners and our bank vendor on program improvements, system enhancements, audits, and strategic growth.
- What do you like most about working at Whole Foods Market?
I like that our company mission remains at the forefront of EVERYTHING we do because we as Team Members make it so. We are here because we want to be, heart in hand.
- What advice do you have for people considering joining the Whole Foods Market team?
Be ready to be your authentic self, work harder than ever because it feels natural, and expand your consciousness.