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15 Aug 2017

Southeast Produce Category Manager – Southwest

Posted by Katie Settle, – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #31989

This position researches new products, product enhancements, and product redesign that are consistent in meeting the expectations of minimum standards for the department. The Category Manager analyzes past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. This position selects, orders, and authorizes payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements.


  • Create programs with training that maximize sales, margin and minimize spoilage
  • Establish and manage inventory processes that ensure accurate accounting
  • Establish retail and promotional pricing on a regional or global basis to meet budgetary goals
  • Develop and maintain budget, sales, gross margins, and profit goals for department
  • Review all weekly, monthly, and quarterly statements
  • Develop and communicate easy to use weekly merchandising plans and directives
  • Oversee all department marketing plans and ads, including weekly flyer, etc…
  • Develop training that enhances and encourages product knowledge growth and development
  • Keep the department fresh and appealing to customers by regularly incorporating new product into the overall product mix
  • Help outline and follow standards for all products carried in the department and assure that all in house recipe and vendor products meet those standards on quality and price
  • Provide relevant data to make informed decisions about the department and how to maximize profitability
  • Respond to vendor/customer issues as needed on a timely basis
  • Oversee the department to ensure the focus is on customer service, company vision, profit, and employee development
  • Develop and maintain strong vendor relationships
  • Coordinate and source vendor participation
  • Ensure that all federal, state, and company regulations and standards for product freshness, safety, refrigeration, and sanitation are met
  • Determine staffing requirements, and interview, hire and train new employees, or oversee those personnel processes

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Physical Requirements

  • Preferred Bachelor Degree in Business or related field with a minimum of five (5) years of departmental experience, with experience as Merchandiser or Manager preferred
  • Previous buying/negotiating experience required
  • Requires long-term strategic and financial planning skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and the Internet
  • Ability to preserve confidentiality of information, communicate with all levels of management and work within strict time frames and resolute deadlines
  • Complete understanding of P/L statements, general ledgers, and margins
  • Some travel required


  • Competitive compensation and benefits depending on experience

Please contact Katie Settle,

Job Categories: Sales & Marketing. Job Types: Southeast. Job expires in Endless.

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