Director - Grocery Food Development in Bellevue, WA at The North West Company International

Date Posted: 10/11/2017

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Job Description

In your role as a Director - Grocery Food Development, at Cost-U-Less (CUL), you will lead and facilitate strategies that achieve growth of sales and gross profit to predetermined targets with an outlook upwards to three fiscal years. You will grow assigned category market share in banner stores through the highest level of industry knowledge, excellence in vendor relations and constant negotiations in identifying most profitable business partnerships. The Director will spearhead the Food CM’s in the creation and management of the long-term alignment programs for operational partners to deliver consistent and competitive local superiority of offer.

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:

  • Lead in achieving fiscal budgeted sales, gross profit, and inventory targets;
  • Build and monitor vendor management programs that create long-term health and productivity of the business including inventory, purchase cost and terms
  • Put processes in place with department to continually evaluate vendors and select the appropriate suppliers based on cost, terms, service level, time in transit (cost of interest and necessary inventory level) and quality;
  • Collaborate with the Operations department and store personnel to continually improve and refine the product mix being offered in each store to attain the maximum sales per square foot;
  • Monitor and report on promotional activities and benefits and meet with marketing weekly to discuss promotional activities;
  • Establish ongoing communication with Operational partners regarding competitive pricing on category opportunities;
  • Perform category assessments and implement changes as outlined in plan and review all major financial performance goals of profitable sales, costing, pricing, and assortment; and
  • Lead in technical and analytical proficiency of buying systems and reporting tools as it relates to category management with demonstrated technical expertise in buying systems.

Job Requirements

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Minimum 5 years of senior buying accountability with direct reports;
  • Minimum 10 years of within retail purchasing management experience;
  • Minimum 3 years on sales floor retail experience (Store Manager, Assistant, Store Clerk);
  • Ability to operate computer systems proficiently, specifically the MS Office Suite;
  • Capable of prioritizing and delegating tasks to yourself and subordinates
  • Strong attention to detail and proven experience in teaching and employee performance monitoring;
  • Excellent financial analysis capabilities; and
  • Must be comfortable with traveling up to 50 days per year.

Location:            Bellevue, Washington

Reports to:         VP of Procurement & Marketing-Food

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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