Associate Merchant

Merchandising Long Island City, New York


Recipe for Success The Associate Category Merchant will assist the Category Merchant in developing and executing optimal category strategy, product assortment, pricing, promotions, and merchandising plans as well as inventory management and procurement when needed. This role requires a pro-active, flexible, professional individual who quickly learns new roles and has experience troubleshooting and improving processes.

  • Alongside the Category Merchant, this individual will interact with the Replenishment team and our vendors to implement sales plans, programs and promotions that meet both organizations goals and objectives
  • Working with the Category Merchant, the Associate Merchant will assist in performing line reviews to improve quality, lower complaints, and lower cost
  • Ensure the quality and integrity of all products within the category
  • Oversee full life-cycle of initial product set-up
  • Manage seasonal and promotional forecasts as necessary
  • Partner with the Replenishment team to manage aging inventory by ensuring efficient inventory flows
  • Determine and execute fast & efficient exit strategies for inventory
  • Work with and ensure coordination of overall efforts involving cross-functional teams (Creative, Production, Inventory Management, etc.)


Key ingredients 

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline and/or equal related experience
  • Two plus(2+) years Merchandising experience including experience with perishable product
  • One plus (1+) years management experience preferred
  • Knowledge and/ or passion for food
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Financially and analytically savvy
  • Capable of managing day-to-day operations
  • Detail-oriented and thorough
  • Knowledge of SAP a plus


WARNING: Our food is processed in a facility that does not contain people who are toxic, rude, disrespectful, arrogant, egotistical, self-promoting, inconsiderate, or mean-spirited.


Who is FreshDirect?

FreshDirect is a food tech company and the Northeast's leading online fresh food grocer, delivering directly to customers throughout seven states, including the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, and the greater D.C. metropolitan area. FreshDirect is committed to sourcing the freshest and best-tasting meat, fish, produce, and specialty items through direct relationships with suppliers, growers, and farmers. In 2016, FreshDirect expanded its portfolio in NYC with the launch of FoodKick, an on-demand business that caters to the needs of urban dwellers with a curated selection of fresh food, alcohol, and essentials—all delivered within an hour. Launched in 2002, FreshDirect is a privately held company headquartered in Long Island City, NY. For more information, visit or  


Why choose FreshDirect?

We are an innovative Food Technology company offering an environment where you can grow a career and feed your future and have fun while doing it! Great people deserve great benefits and we go above and beyond!


Wait, there’s more! Check out our #workperks:

Working here is pretty much as cool as you’d imagine - lots of food, lots of energy, and a whole lot of happy hours.

  • Flexible and generous PTO plan
  • 20% discount on FreshDirect and FoodKick plus an employee at-cost food program (FD Market)
  • Thirsty Thursdays, book club, monthly birthday breakfasts, and other happy hours
  • Wellness programs like weekly meditation, yoga, and Zumba, and monthly manicures and massages
  • Monthly Lunch & Learns covering things like “The Very Best Cheese and Wine”
  • We have a 24-hour shuttle service that runs back and forth to the subway
  • We offer up to $5000 per hire as a referral bonus
  • Summer barbecues and and annual company picnic for friends and family


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Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the Team member(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of individuals in this position. Position Descriptions may be subject to change as the needs of the organization change.

As an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, FreshDirect does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age religion, creed, marital status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, or on any other basis prohibited by law. Furthermore, FreshDirect will not discriminate against any applicant or employee because he or she is disabled, a disabled veteran, or a veteran of the Vietnam era, provided he or she is qualified and meets the requirements established by FreshDirect for the job.