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Category Manager Center Store

Company: Lowes Foods
Location: Hickory
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Job Description:

OverviewConducts buying in respective categories with emphasis on proper inventory levels and competitive pricing in order for retail customers to competeand achieve gross profit levels necessary to MDI's continued growth and success. In addition responsible for category/manfacuter sales increase fromyear to year. Increase percentages will be established to ensure sales growth that will meet overall company sales objectives. ResponsibilitiesMaintains weekly team buying that achieves service level goals of 97.5% in grocery, 98% in dairy and frozen food, and 96% in GM/HBC. Sales: Develops special sales, seasonal and other promotional themes that increase profitable sales to consumers. Develops merchandisingstrategies/programs and works with vendors, retailers and sales department to deliver these programs. Negotiates promotional monies. Ensuresmerchandising support. Works closely with retailers, sales and advertising to develop ideas for promotion and ensure correct implementation.Uses IRI or Nielson market data for recommended category and shelf positioning, retail sales, SRPs, and provides detailed planograms. Conducts forward buying in order to maximize return on investment for respective categories. Conducts promotional and reserve buys in order to meet demands of retail customers. Develops special sales and promotional themes. Provides timely information to all retailers (Lowes and independents ) and sales force concerning upcoming consumer promotions. Maintains various files needed for accurate costing and invoicing to retail customers (Deal file, item file, cost file, billing file). Assists the Buyer Merchandiser in putting together the MDI merchandising shows. Prepares billbacks in order to collect money due MDI. Supports Buyer/Merchandiser in all collaborative efforts with Lowes counterparts Participates in regular visits to the warehouse, returns area, and retail stores to keep abreast of any problems or opportunities that may pertain to buying. Maintains consistent communication and positive relationships with all customers. Trains associate buyers and other buyers in negotiating skills, and on the OMI buying system. Supervises operation to comply with all applicable FSMA regulation, as well as Company Food Safety Plan, policies, procedures and standards. QualificationsThe incumbent should possess knowledge and skills generally associated with a bachelor's degree in Business or related field. MBA preferred. 3-5 years retail experience. Excellent communication, interpersonal, leadership and analytical skills. Multi-tasking with strong organization skills. Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.

Keywords: Lowes Foods, Hickory , Category Manager Center Store, Hospitality & Tourism , Hickory, North Carolina

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