Associate Research Analyst
Whole Foods Market - Austin, TX

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Duties and Responsibilities:
Exclusive Brands items:
Assist with designing a step by step Exclusive Brands process for Canada

Execute Exclusive Brands (EB) programs as directed by leadership

Review existing product mix/categories

Source items developed exclusively for WFM BC or ONT

Monitor EB product sales in Canada and work with Distribution Centers (Horizon and Olympic) and vendors, to determine appropriate order quantities of decals and product with dedicated printed packaging (review /approve all print re-orders). This includes determining and monitoring current on-hand quantities of bilingual product decals to minimize overages.

Track product and packaging changes to US Exclusive Brand products and determine if change must also be completed on bilingual packaging or decal for product sold in Canada.

Create and maintain one master list of EB products sold in Canada on Sharepoint Site or somewhere with shared access.

Coordinate new item process with Exclusive Brands team

Coordinate exit strategy process with the EB Team for discontinued items

Liaise with all Teams regarding EB items

Bridge communication between stores and distributors

weekly inventory reports

projections for off shelf displays

Weekly or bi weekly written “EB Canada Update “ to stores

include store movement reports

Coordinate and develop with the Canadian Team a promotional calendar for the EB items

Monthly off shelf displays, seasonal. Whole Deal, etc.

Communicate and/or follow up with distributors on the EB products on promotion

Manage Logistics with various Exclusive Brands distributors

Ensure NAFTA information correct on imported product

Ensure duty and tax accuracy for imported items into distributors

Provide suppliers with monthly reports for inventory and store sales

Work with distributors to manage EB skus

inventory and timing for new item launches

EB sku spaces/logistics

Weekly inventory & fill rate reports

Utilize connection between UNFI USA and Canadian Distributors

Review product crossing the border is legal and that final cost of goods reflects any hidden import fees

Manage NAFTA/CFIA clearance process for all items being imported (All Teams)

Work with each team to insure they are aware of all import costs that are additional to manufacturers price

Manage return of product to USA in the event of mis-ship/guaranteed sales etc

Optimize logistics costs

Inventory management

WFM Global Programs: Investigate impact of global programs on Canadian operators, e.g.


Trace register

Canadian Documentation: Insure files are maintained for any Canadian (national) records required

Business numbers

Seafood license details / renewals

Customs documentation

Ensure that packaging changes made in the US are reflected in the Canadian skus.

Manage all of the different versions of the labels and decals.

Requirements and Qualifications:
  • Strong understanding of supply/demand and general understanding of retail environment including working knowledge of inventory management, and retail replenishment.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Highly organized and able to successfully manage many project deadlines at once in a fast paced and fluid working environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  • 3-4 years Project Management experience.
  • Will require travel: 10%
Preferred (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Has worked with WFM programs such as People Soft, IRMA, Blue Sky, Prodika, etc.
  • 3-4 years Retail and/or retail purchasing , transportation or logistics
  • College degree. (4 year degree)
Essential Job Functions:
Stand and walk for extended periods of time.

Bend and stoop to grasp objects and climb ladders. Bend and twist neck and waist, reach above and below shoulders and squat.

Bend and lift loads, not to exceed 50 pounds. Push and pull carts weighing up to 100 pounds.

Repetitive use of hands for grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation.

Environmental exposure to extreme temperatures (coolers, ovens, freezer, outdoors, etc.)

At Whole Foods Market, we empower our Team Members to make their own decisions, thus creating an environment where people are treated with respect and are highly motivated to excel. We mentor Team Members through education and on-the-job experience. As a result, we are able to fill a majority of leadership roles from our existing Team Member base. We also recognize that there are individuals with talent outside of Whole Foods Market, and have training programs to bring those new leaders into the company.

Our Team Members represent over 50 different nations. We are people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, yet all work together to meet the needs of our customers.

We offer great benefits beginning with a full complement of medical and other traditional group health plan coverage, 401k plan, and a 20% discount at our stores. To learn more, apply your passion today.

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