Associate Category Manager
About The Associate Category Manager Position
Forget everything you know about restaurant supply chain because we’re building something different. We are revolutionizing the industry and need an experienced, highly motivated Associate Category Manager to help lead this charge. We are looking for driven, self-motivated individuals willing to learn how to source the best products at unbelievable prices to let our customers succeed. You are committed, energetic, creative and your passion is helping restaurants and small businesses succeed!
What you will be doing:
Identifying and cultivating new sources of products. This can include Google searches, LinkedIn searches, tradeshows, trade publications, cold calling vendors, and building relationships with brokers and manufacturer sales representatives.
Creating a database of potential new suppliers, broker mapping to products, and back up sources for existing products in our portfolio
Communicating our value proposition to vendors to build excitement in the vendor community about our vision and mission.
Initiating meetings with potential vendors and Senior Category Managers
Becoming a product and category expert in the categories you are assigned. You will learn key features, advantages, and benefits of products in the categories you are responsible for sourcing and you’ll utilize this knowledge in sourcing conversations with vendors.
Identifying and creating margin opportunities through buying positions as well as creative product selection
Analyzing product performance in your categories, looking at product mix, inventory turns, and excess and obsolete inventory. You’ll provide recommendations to senior category managers on gaps in assortment, item discontinuations, and consolidations.
Helping manage vendor deviations for specific customers where customers have negotiated directly with partner brands
Providing cross-functional coordination or action of product needs, product updates or setup adjustments, working with Customer Success team, operations teams at fulfillment centers, the catalog team, and/or senior management.
Helping facilitate supplier and broker product knowledge sessions as we roll them out
Other tasks or projects as assigned.
A desire to learn - no category manager experience required!
Coachable, flexible and self-motivated
Can hit the ground running
A drive to succeed that is off the charts
An excellent communicator with professional phone skills
A natural leader and achiever
Naturally curious, resourceful and like to solve problems
Able to think dynamically and speak eloquently
A knack for negotiating cost, contracts, and incentives
Benefits and Perks:
Fun work environment with a fully-stocked kitchen and snack area
Unlimited paid time off
Comprehensive medical/dental/vision insurance and commuter benefits
Tons of career growth potential
The opportunity to be part of something BIG!