Category Manager - Bakery/Deli in Bellevue, WA at The North West Company International

Date Posted: 9/4/2017

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Job Description

As the Category Manager - Bakery/Deli, you source, price, and market product to profitably grow the assigned department to the gross profit line.

Joining The North West Company International 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. Check out for more information.

Your Role:

  • To continually evaluate all available vendors and select the appropriate vendors based on the following criteria: cost, terms, service level, time in transit (cost of interest and necessary inventory level), and quality;
  • Establish the appropriate retail prices to attain the budgeted gross profit;
  • Ensure all necessary tasks are done each month to make sure margin budgets are met for each period;
  • Develop strategic marketing plans including advertising, in-store specials, promotional, and special buys;
  • Perform category assessments on all categories and implement changes necessary as outlined in the plan. Category plans must be done once a year with a chosen vendor partner, assigning roles, strategies, and goals that meet format strategies. All major financial performance goals include profitable sales, costing, pricing, and assortment;
  • Assist in setting the initial sales, gross margin, and inventory forecasts used in developing the final operating budget. Put plans in place to meet monthly budgets as outlined through retail management, vendor rebates, and markdown management;
  • Learn all aspects of system reporting tools required to perform job duties; and
  • Responsible for supervising the department(s) Category Manager Assistant and Assistant Category Manager.

Job Requirements

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a 2 year college or technical school or 6 months to 1 year of related experience or training or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Minimum of 5 years of retail management experience and/or previous purchasing experience;
  • Ability to operate computer systems proficiently, specifically the MS Office Suite, including Excel, and able to accurately type 40 words per minute;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to manage multiple priorities;
  • Ability to set priorities for yourself and to manage the priorities of your subordinates;
  • Strong problem solving skills and the ability to teach and monitor the performance of your subordinates;
  • Great interpersonal and management skills with strong attention to detail; and
  • Financial analysis capabilities.

Location:      Bellevue, Washington

Reports To:  VP Fresh/Food Service Procurement & Marketing

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.

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