United Natural Foods Category Merchandiser -Fresh Hopkins in Hopkins, Minnesota
Category Merchandiser -Fresh Hopkins
United States of America, Minnesota, Hopkins
Marketing / Merchandising
Post Date Jan 13, 2021
Requisition # 128158
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Purpose: Oversee daily operation of department and category functions and works closely with merchandising management team to achieve the goals of the category business plans. Develop annual promotional plan for the category by evaluating items and negotiate deals with vendors; develop, negotiate, and execute regional tactical plans for Category Management programs (pricing, promotion, product, procurement and placement) for the categories assigned. Develop annual promotional plans by category assigned, evaluating items and negotiating deals with vendors; develop, negotiate, and execute regional tactical plans for Category Management programs for the categories assigned.
Buyers Fair/Quarterly promotion item coordination
Responsible for proofing and ensuring accuracy of promotional activity and communication within assigned category
Manage vendor/broker relationships in assigned categories
Manage assortment for commodity categories including the coordination with procurement team to help maintain required shrink and spoilage commitments with consideration of lowest cost of goods
Provide competitive merchandising solutions for retail formats by researching market conditions to determine potential sales of product or service and retail trends Execute regional advertising plans of assigned categories
Resolve all internal and external customer requests and concerns while maintaining a high level of professionalism and service
Grow sales by creating weekly ad and supporting existing merchandising programs
Create sales opportunities through category management and market principles with relation to SKU rationalization, merchandising, and niche market applications
Review weekly ad forecasts and provide direction to the buyers to determine what inventory levels are needed to meet ad requirements
Conduct post-promotional review and analysis to determine if promotional requirements were met and if there were problem areas, provide information to vendor
Review period data to assess sales, service levels and category profitability, make adjustments as needed
Support and implement region and department initiatives as determined by merchandising management and regional director
Support private brand initiatives
Research, report and document P&L data to category merchandising manager.
Train and develop merchandising staff
Participate in development of key performers within Category Specialist and Analyst staff
Research, report and document P&L data to category merchandising manager Communicate and educate “field” sales staff on all programs including merchandising strategies, regional/departmental programs and seasonal opportunities.
Manage BIV and all Sell Zones
Determine reflect window for promotions and facilitate the input of these promotions through the Category Analyst/Specialist
Develop on-going strategic SKU rationalization by category
Meets with Key Accounts on program participation
Oversees EMS Ad entries and EMS ad play and SRP determination
Coordinate product recalls with appropriate team members
Key contact for National Customer Service on retailer issues, as well as coordination of Orderwell changes and exception orders Handle ePasses & other vendor related disputes/concerns effectively
Responsible for proofing and ensuring accuracy of promotional activity and communication within assigned categories
Manage sales & profitability within critical categories to ensure financial success Performs other relevant job duties as required.
Education/ Certifications: (Required & Preferred)
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- 5 years minimum industry experience
Other Skills/ Abilities:
Basic knowledge of internal Buying system preferred
Proven negotiation skills
Buying Systems acumen
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Aptitude for and interest in financial reporting
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Proven success in a result driven environment
Competencies that are preferred for this position include: Sound Decision Making, Strategic Thinking, Creative Thinker, Financial Acumen, Meet Customer Needs, Build Realistic Plans, Manage Execution, Show Drive & Initiative, Build Support, Motivate Others, Develop Others, Promote Teamwork, Foster Open Communications, Establish Relationships, Establish Trust and Show Adaptability
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT/ DEMANDS:
Some travel may be required
Most work is performed in a temperature-controlled office environment
Incumbent may sit for long periods of time at desk or computer terminal
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
Incumbent may use calculators, keyboards, telephone and other office equipment in the course of normal workday
Stooping, bending, twisting and reaching may be required in completion of job duties
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. UNFI is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for all. - M/F/Veteran/Disability. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
- Schedule: Full-time