Category Operations Manager-Grocery
Company: US Foods
Location: La Mirada
Posted on: September 24, 2022
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Support and execute the implementation of US Foods division
category strategy across the defined Area. Execute recommended
assortment changes and support positive local vendor relationships
for all DCs within the defined Area. Support Area and DC sales
staff with product assortment updates, informational inquiries and
delivery of merchandising goals for all DCs within that Area.
Support all local customer requirements within the defined Area
keeping in line with the national strategies coming from the
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop implementation plan for category strategy customized for
multiple Distribution Centers. Ensure implementation is in
alignment with overall US Foods category strategy and goals and
defined Area needs.
Review assigned Area product assortment and gauge product
penetration, noting slow or dead SKUs as well as growth
opportunities. Responsible for profitable sales growth within
assigned categories for their Area. Request exception SKUs, as
needed, to finalize Area assortment, determine DWOs, and create
conversion plans. Ensure Area product assortment is in alignment
with US Foods category strategy and work to reduce SKU duplication.
Ensure all local customer needs are met and are aligned with the
Maintain lead role in consistently gathering local market data for
multiple DCs in assigned Area (including trends) through feedback
and intelligence from culinary team, sales staff, and vendor
partners. Report new product opportunities and provide data on
competitors. Finalize Area assortment and core complement and
Facilitate product training and new product introductions, with
DSS, Specialists and sales staff. Ensure product/brand message is
in alignment with overall USF strategy. Work closely with the
culinary team, conducting planning meetings to identify accounts
and categories and their potential opportunities.
Support and facilitate all FSQA inquiries for the assigned Area
through appropriate procedures and work closely with the Region
team on any national or regional vendor issues. Support major
Area-specific account bids through thorough analysis, coordinate
customer on-boarding, and keep sales staff informed of ongoing
Internal: Regional, Area and Distribution Center staff, up to and
including members of the leadership team.
External: Customers, vendors, suppliers and all national / local
Education/Training: Four year college degree in business or related
field, or equivalent field experience required.
Related Experience: Minimum 7 years category management experience
required, with some project management experience preferred,
ideally this experience will derive from the food service or food
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Must possess the ability to operate
successfully within a matrix organization, working effectively with
multiple groups. Must be able to work in a team setting, drive
organizational transformations and support change management within
the organization. Must be able to provide fact-based
recommendations across a variety of management levels resulting in
buy-in and improvement in category performance. Must be
self-directed and highly motivated, possessing a strong business
acumen, sound interpersonal skills, and excellent presentation
skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, and Excel required; working
knowledge of Powerpoint is required working knowledge of Microsoft
Access a plus.
EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender
Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status
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