Sr Director, Category Management
SYSCO - Houston, TX

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Direct the execution of category management across a set of categories – continuously optimize assortment and collaborate with field

  • Lead a team of Category Directors
  • Develop insight-based category strategies
Synthesize category data and insights into coherent assortment strategies
Communicate assortment strategies with internal and external business partners
  • Drive execution of category management
Coordinate with Category Directors to understand current assortment and identify opportunities to improve assortment
Define and maintain assortment guardrails for all product categories in collaboration with Operational Merchandising
Collaborate with Sourcing team members to execute the optimal supplier strategy to deliver the chosen assortment
  • Set direction for pricing of the core assortment
Analyze assortment pricing and profitability
Determine optimal pricing strategy based on category strategy and other market insights
Recommend pricing strategies to the field

Bachelor’s Degree required.
Master’s Degree and/or MBA preferred.

“Strategic thinker and category expert with a combination of analytical and conceptual problem solving and people skills”

Intrinsic capabilities
Strategic thinker who combines top-down problem-solving and direction-setting with ability to lead complex and detailed analytics
Strong people leader who can manage group of category managers + supporting resources
Effective collaborator with good influencing skills able to work across functions and with wide variety of stakeholders
Able to deal with a certain level of ambiguity (will need to take overall approach and refine it based on specific category nuances)

Formal experience
Category specific expertise (e.g., in categories they will manage) Minimum 5+ years experience
Category management experience with one or more steps in the 6 step process (e.g. sourcing)
Knowledge of Sysco’s business model, organization and P&L structure
Some experience with P&L accountability (e.g. a category P&L) including planning and budgeting
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to sit, stand, walk and use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and telephone to talk and hear. The associate is frequently required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The associate must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

This position must be performed from the Corporate facility in Houston, Texas.
Must be able to do limited travel to Sysco facilities or operating companies.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

NOTICE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the environment and level of work being performed by this job. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only tasks to be performed by the associate in this job. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by his or her supervisor.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This job description supersedes prior job descriptions.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis without future employment sponsorship.

Sysco is committed to providing comprehensive retirement and benefits programs, a stock purchase plan, product purchase discounts and much more!
Background & Drug Screen. EOE.

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As a subsidiary of SYSCO Corporation, the largest foodservice distributor in North America, Sysco Houston distributes fresh and frozen meat,...