Category Manager in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA at The North West Company

Date Posted: 9/6/2017

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Ready for your opportunity to play a leading role on a team accountable for building fact-based, customer driven category marketing plans? The Category Manager, at The North West Company (NWC), uses sales data, customer research, market data, and industry information to better meet the needs of our unique consumer and to optimize financial performance. Your role includes the visionary development, formulation, and execution of strategy and tactics within the context of the overall marketing strategy, including assortment planning, procurement, merchandising, retail pricing advertising and promotion, as well as assisting in vendor negotiations and supply agreements.

Joining NWC 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.

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out for more information.

Your Role:

  • Negotiate and source product, costs, rebates and discounts, FOB points, and contracts/agreements on behalf of NWC, while ensuring NWC quality standards are understood and met by each vendor;
  • Determine and authorize category assortment, pricing, and quantification for seasonal and ongoing store programs;
  • Develop and manage 1 year detailed Category Plans and 3 year Strategic Category Plans, inclusive of financial performance goals of sales, gross margin, volume incentives, controllable activity costs, and inventory productivity;
  • Complete assortment and margin reviews as well as pricing strategies to ensure gross profit expectations are met or exceeded and are in alignment with corporate targets;
  • Gather and analyze consumer, market, and industry information to formulate strategies and tactics within the context of the overall marketing strategy;
  • Work with Supply Chain Analysts and Sales/Operations Managers to ensure category planning and marketing programs are executed and are operating effectively;
  • Manage the implementation of new product initiatives, management disciplines, and new work processes; and
  • Supervise the department(s) Associate Category Manager and/or Assistant Category Manager.

Job Requirements

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years retail category management/ buying experience;
  • Must have a post-secondary education (degree, diploma, or certification) or an equivalent combination of education/training, and experience;
  • Exceptional computer skills, primarily in Excel, PowerPoint, and solid Process Management mindset to pick up on our proprietary I.S. systems;
  • Exceptional analytical, problem solving, negotiation, and decision making skills with a high attention to strict deadlines;
  • Able to perform well and problem solve in high stress, dynamic, and changing situations;
  • Experience supervising and developing direct reports;
  • Excellent communication—written and verbal—and interpersonal skills;
  • Must possess strong customer service skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships within the organization;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information;
  • Have the desire to develop an in-depth understanding of NWC’s customers; and
  • Able to accommodate a flexible schedule with some travel (up to 30 days a year).

Location:     Gibraltar House, 77 Main Street, Wpg. MB

Reports to:  Vice President, General Merchandise, 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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