Responsible for executing category management programs, trainings and strategies with Sales associates and/or independent retailers. The Merchandiser provides on-site expertise as well as off-site technical analysis in support of both store projects and category management objectives.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or other related field or equivalent combination of education and/ or experience, MBA preferred 2 years marketing, category management, product management and/or product development experience. Experience purchasing in a retail or wholesale environment Ability to travel up to 15%
Essential Duties: Assures assigned stores meet sales, expenses, gross and net profit objectives while monitoring implementation of corporate merchandising programs and operational standards within area of responsibility. Reviews programs prepared by the Category Management team, recommends adjustments to meet local conditions and works with Sales team and if necessary, directly with independent retailers, on action plans to implement. Monitors and follows up on operating performance of stores within local territory with specific regard to sales and profit performance of all existing and new products. Analyze and interpret product category data and train others on how to use data to increase sales and maximize profits. Work with Nash Finch Category/Product Development Managers, industry partners, vendors, brokers, manufacturers, distributors, to bring support to category management programs, including reset activities. Advise Category Management team of product assortment/selection through appropriate analysis such as adding new items or deleting poor performing items to allow Category/Product Development Managers the ability to provide the most appropriate support to members. Serve as the local primary source of information for center store categories â€“ use information to influence the team and to improve the center store results
Knowledge / Additional Skills / Aptitude:
Strong oral and written communication, financial acumen, strategic problem solving, leadership, and analytical skills. Excellent influencing and negotiations skills. Proven experience working across business units to leverage resources and capabilities to accomplish company goals. Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with Category Management and purchasing systems such as Biceps Purchasing System is a plus.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The employee is frequently required to sit. Must be able to travel. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is subject to a typical office environment and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
Nash Finch Company - 10 months ago