Job Title
Category Manager Produce-HQ

City
Mid-Atlantic Region

Job Type
Full-Time Regular

Outstanding Merchant/Category Management opportunity for a strong, public growth Retail grocery chain.

Position Title: Category Manager Produce

BASIC FUNCTION:

Under the supervision of the department Director, the Category Manager is responsible for the development and administration of programs designed to meet the financial needs of the company as well as maintaining an uninterrupted supply of commodities under his/her care for our public, $4.2B in sales, 200+ store grocery client. It is also understood that each commodity will meet or exceed the minimum standards for condition and quality as established by the company.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Establish and maintain contact with supply partners to negotiate and develop programs designed to meet the financial needs of the company, participate in contract negotiations for select commodities under his/her care, determine the viability of potential new items and meet with various trade commissions. Knowledge of vegetable and citrus growers and brokers on the west coast will be an added plus.

Establish and maintain contact with supply partners to negotiate the best possible price for the commodities under his/her care and conduct all necessary transactions involved in the procurement and transportation of these commodities.

Take all necessary steps to stay current with market trends and developments to protect the financial interests of the company with regard to the commodities under his/her care.

Participate in company meetings and activities for the department Director in his/her absence.

Balance inventory to demand daily. Prepare and execute purchase orders with supply partners – including adjusting inbound quantities and costs as necessary to maintain proper inventory and cost levels.

Process and review store orders daily.

Review inbound invoices and bills of lading from shippers to verify accuracy of all charges related to the commodities under his/her care.

Aid in the development of the Produce Buyer through constant coaching, training and evaluation.

Research, prepare and publish reports on assigned commodities to our store associates as necessary and beneficial to the business.

Prepare and publish necessary reports pertaining to merchandising and procurement operations. Among the reports included are store bulletins, contest announcements, advertising copy and more.

Participate in department and/or company meetings as required by the department Director.

Supervise the processing of store orders, provide information and direction to store associates as necessary, handle special requests/orders, coordinate store returns and special routes of company fleet vehicles for unscheduled deliveries.

Establish retail pricing on products to remain competitive in the market and achieve the required gross margin results as established by the company.

Participate in the formation of promotional programs including circulars and targeted marketing offers.

Manage all aspects of required contracts and trade revenue for the commodities under his/her care.

Occasional travel to growing areas, packing facilities and distribution locations to participate in field and/or facility tours, trade shows or educational programs as directed by the department Director.

Represent the company through application of ethical conduct standards, principles and practices.

Contribute directly to the company’s growth through administration of general policies and programs and specific procedures and methods. Uphold and abide by all company policies and procedures as established in the Weis Markets Employees General Employment Handbook.

Supervisory Relationship:

  1. Reports to the department Director.

Internal Contacts:

  1. Frequent contact with warehouse personnel, transportation and store associates.
  2. Moderate contact with advertising, accounting and retail operations personnel.

External Contacts:

1. Continuous contact with supply partners including growers, shippers, packers, manufacturers and brokers.

2. Regular contact with outside carriers (i.e. truck lines).

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Knowledge and skill equivalent to the completion of high school and some college or trade school training.

A minimum of five years of retail produce experience. The position requires a strong working knowledge of the assigned department and sales/merchandising promotion practices; methods of balancing cost, profitability and expense control, operating protocols and standards; and exceptional communication skills.

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