Associate Category Manager in Bellevue, WA at Alaska Commercial Company

Date Posted: 10/10/2017

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Job Description

In your role as the Associate Category Manager, at The North West Company International (NWCI), you will achieve sales, inventory turns and gross profit targets in your assigned merchandise departments. Your leadership will build category strategies, and vendor alliances and programs that create long-term health of merchandise.  If you deliver market share targets and build consumer loyalty this opportunity is for you!

Joining NWCI gives you the opportunity for growth and development throughout the company, a competitive salary and benefits package, and to be part of a dynamic and diverse culture.

The North West Company International, Inc. (NWCI or North West) is a leading community retailer to rural communities and urban neighborhood markets in the following regions: rural Alaska, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of retail products and services with an emphasis on food. North West owns a rich enterprising legacy as one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world, with many of our stores in Alaska having continuously served their communities for over 140 years. Today these northern stores operate in communities with populations from 500 to 7000. A typical store is 7500 square feet in size and offers food, family apparel, housewares, appliances, outdoor products, and services such as quick-service prepared food, special ordering, money transfers, and check cashing. Check out for more information.

Your Role:

  • Assist the Category Manager in conceiving, developing and executing long-range, annual and seasonal category strategies;
  • Incorporate    overall    positioning,    target    market, pricing, merchandise mix, merchandise sourcing and replenishment, presentation guidelines, advertising, and promotion;
  • Create and manage assortments for assigned merchandise departments and store positioning strategies with input by the Category Manager;
  • Evaluate and select vendor partners for assigned merchandise departments;
  • Negotiate cost, terms and special volume incentive allowance agreements (co-op advertising, display allowances and volume rebates)
  • Coordinate advertising and merchandising activities for assigned merchandise departments;
  • Create and maintain items integrity, including both cost and pricing; and
  • Review and auction store and depot inventory.

Job Requirements

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • 3 years retail experience in supervisory role;
  • Undergraduate degree in business or related field;
  • Extensive MS Office Suite experience including above average knowledge of Excel;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Profit and  loss,  budgeting  and  operating  statement experience;
  • Strong verbal and written and interpersonal skills;
  • Financial analysis capabilities
  • Vendor negotiation experience; and
  • Strong attention to details and time management.

Positions will be advertised externally; however internal candidates will receive first consideration based on qualifications. NWCI employees are encouraged to bring forward applications of external candidates that meet the qualifications of this position.

 A competitive salary is being offered along with opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Location:        Bellevue - Washington

Reports to:      Category Manager


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