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Lead Category Manager

Other Compensation: -Comprehensive Package-
Salary -Commensurate with Experience-
Region: Coastal Southeast States
Industry: CON-Convenience Store/Petroleum Marketing

Description: An outstanding career opportunity awaits you in one of the fastest growing retail chains in the United States. Our Client is looking for retail professionals who are motivated to succeed with a company that is focused on delivering service-to its customers and to their employees. It is truly an exciting time to be a part of our client. Their growth plans are aggressive-if you are a talented professional we might have the career for you! We are looking for individuals who are early in the careers, have the capacity and ambition to do more and who are looking to join an organization where they can.

POSITION SUMMARY Oversees the development of the categories and related marketing programs to increase sales and gross profit of the assigned categories. Accomplishes this by planning marketing strategies, selecting suppliers, evaluating new products, evaluating new equipment, promotions and distribution opportunities utilizing established Category Management processes. Position possesses management responsibility for a team of up to four employees.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES In conjunction with other departments, determines annual unit and gross profit growth of assigned categories utilizing established Category Management Processes to develop annual market plans and coordinate implementation with the field; analyzes trends and results. Maintains project schedule by monitoring project progress; coordinating activities; resolving problems. Increases sales revenues by developing promotional concepts and overlay programs; develops category plans. Defrays cost of equipment, advertising and promotional programs by negotiating allowances and partnering with manufacturers. Serves market segments and specific product needs by responding to consumer requests and trends for market or product specific materials. Maintains exceptional external vendor relations by providing direction, guidance, and information; resolving concerns. Determines changes in products, service, and policy by evaluating results and competitive developments. Works with field management to grow the category through effective programs that enhance brand image. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Increase employee’s effectiveness by recruiting, selecting, orienting and training; communicates expectations, values, strategies and tactics, coaches, counsels and teaches employees; plans, monitors and appraises performance results.

REQUIREMENTS Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business or related field required (MBA preferred) and a minimum 3 years’ experience in merchandising or marketing related field, with minimum 2 years in a supervisory capacity. Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with Access proficiency preferred. Must be well organized and possess ability to handle multiple responsibilities under constant deadlines with a high degree of attention to detail and accuracy. Must possess well-developed verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills. Occasional travel required.
Contact: John Malik

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