Category Manager – Fresh Foods

Category Manager – Fresh Foods

You Check All The Boxes If:

  • You are service oriented–you know how to leave a lasting impression with your clients
  • You have a strong leadership presence and a proven ability to engage, inform and influence others
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit, with a high degree of self-motivation and strong business acumen
  • You are open to new ideas or challenges that may come your way
  • You can easily adapt to shifting priorities, taking a highly systematic and analytical approach
  • You pride yourself on your communication skills that are based on an open, collaborative and solution-focused mindset

Some Things You Should Know About Us:

  • We connect as a team to solve problems, and enjoy catching up on each other’s personal lives as a break from the day to day
  • Challenging the status quo is always a focus in our conversations – we love influencing positive change across departments
  • Work/life balance is important to us – we’ve mastered the art of focusing our efforts during the day so we’re mindful of not bringing work home each day
  • Documentation and structured processes are our jam
  • We take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously
  • We like to remain humble but take pride in a job well done!

The Opportunity:

The Category Manager – Fresh Foods will oversee the sales and optimization for our fresh foods division, providing recommendations and executing change to ensure success. We are looking for someone with specialized knowledge in this area in order to drive success for this division. This position will be responsible for:

  • Overall management of the fresh foods division (meat, meat alternatives, dairy and dairy alternatives, bakery, etc.) from a corporate perspective, including product offerings, sales optimization, item movement, and promotions
  • Development and maintenance of strategic relationships with key vendors to ensure we are carrying trending items and negotiating optimum pricing and terms for the organization
  • Work strategically with key stakeholders across the organization to ensure produce division is well represented across all locations, including marketing, operations, and local leadership teams
  • Bring forward industry knowledge and trends to leadership teams and make business case for opportunities to explore to better the overall success of the business

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of organics industry, specifically organic fresh foods
  • Proven ability to negotiate optimum pricing and terms with suppliers
  • Excellent relationship management and networking skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience in a sales or retail setting
  • Provide direction and support to store Department Managers
  • Assess and seek new opportunities for increasing gross margin within the department
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and pricing strategies
  • Develop program to increase category sales

Qualifications:

  • Experience in organic industry required
  • 5+ years in a similar position
  • 3+ years in a leadership or mentorship capacity
  • College education in related field considered a strong asset

Benefits:

  • Great work/life balance
  • Flexible benefit package (Comprehensive Benefits + Health Spending Account)
  • Positive team environment (work with like-minded, mission-driven people)

Did you check all the boxes above? Then we would love to hear from you! Please apply to careers@naturesfare.com

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