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Category Manager

Company: Feeser's Inc.
Location: Harrisburg
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Job Description:

The Category Manager develops the overall strategy for a product category and researches new product options to drive sales and achieve targets. Requirements ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: * Category Strategy * Develop strategies for new or updated products based on customer demand and product trends. * Works with the marketing team and sales to promote products. * Builds industry partnerships to promote a categorys products. * Develops a category strategy to reduce costs and increase product sales. * Analyze market trends and apply this knowledge to make insightful buying decisions. * Manage Inventory * Monitors inventory levels, procuring additional stock, and develops strategies for working with sales, brokers, marketing and manufacturers for getting rid of excess or unwanted inventory. * Helps to optimize warehouse storage for products. * Creates regular reports on product availability. * Monitor Performance * Monitors the performance of both individual products and category overall. * Uses available data to determine the best- and worst-performing products, create profit and loss statements, and assesses performance against competitors. * Assess their product and category strategies and develop solutions to improve performance. * Handle Vendor Contracts * Evaluates vendor performance, quality, and costs. * Chooses the best suppliers for the categorys products. * Negotiate deals, promotional and food show allowances, and manufacturer support to ensure prices and products are competitive. * Communicates marketing requirements to the Marketing department. * Monitors vendors adherence to contractual terms throughout the relationship. * Lead Employees * Working with a cross-functional team of marketing, procurement, and sales professionals, provides leadership to execute the categorys strategies throughout the organization to achieve company goals. * Inform team members of category and product goals, assigns roles and responsibilities, and works together to drive performance. * Must have strong decision-making and people management skills. * Must understand the product life cycle and how to turn their product ideas into goods that are efficiently made available or delivered to customers. * Must be organized. * Must be a self-starter who requires limited day-to-day direction. * Must be able to apply financial analysis techniques to analyze reports, determine product and category performance, and seek ways to cut costs and improve sales. * Must be a strong negotiator who can persuade vendors to offer better contract terms. * Must have strong analytical skills. * Experience in supplier management software. Experience in E3/Blue Yonder a plus. * Experience in enterprise resource planning software. * Experience in productivity software (Microsoft Office). SKILLS REQUIRED: QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE: * A bachelors degree in business or supply chain management or the equivalent experience. * At least 5 years of experience in a category management role. * A food service distributor background is a plus, but not required. Benefits * Medical * Dental * Vision * Life Insurance * 401k * PTO

Keywords: Feeser's Inc., Harrisburg , Category Manager, Executive , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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