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Category Manager

Job: #2020-76051
Store Number: 8311
Store: Southeastern Grocers
Category: Store Support / Corporate
Position Type: Merchandising
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Address: 8928 PROMINENCE PARKWAY BUILDING 200Jacksonville, FL, 32256

Category Manager II



Job Purpose

The Category Manager II is responsible for the creation, development, execution, and financial performance of an assigned product category. This role will work directly with vendors and suppliers negotiating the best possible position for the company. He/She will serve as category subject matter expert both internally and externally. Plans all promotional activities and planograms related to the category. The incumbent will use their experience to foster the success of the assigned category in order to meet or exceed revenue growth. This role will also work on developing own brands strategies to further the company’s position in the marketplace.


Essential Responsibilities


% Of Time

Category Plan Execution - Monitor sales performance, profit performance, competitor pricing, and competitor activity daily to dynamically make changes to the category plan in order to meet or exceed key performance indicators. Responsible for the financial performance of the category with regards to sales, profit, and expense reduction. Work with vendors and suppliers to ensure service and inventory levels are met for all stores. Forecast potential inventory issues and address proactively with vendors and suppliers.


Category Plan Development - Develop category business plans by creating the assortment selection, merchandising, pricing, and promotional strategy that meet customer expectations while delivering financial obligations.  Analyze and consider market insights, competitor offerings, and category trends when developing the category strategy. Develop own brands strategy for the assigned category.  Ensure all planogram and assortment planning executes the developed category vision across all relevant Ad versions, banners and stores.  


Negotiations & Promotions - Buy and source all category products with various suppliers and vendors. Handle all negotiations relating to category products while maintaining positive working relationships with all internal and external parties involved. Plan, develop, and execute all promotional strategies for the assigned category. Analyze promotional effectiveness and tailor strategies to meet financial goals. Use financial knowledge to forecast sales, profits, and shrink for the categories. 


Strategy - Develop a uniform strategy that puts the customer at the center of decision making. Lead categories that complement the merchandising department’s goals. Use knowledge of the competitive landscape to understand market trends and drive profitable sales; understand category index trends, pricing, own brand development, and trade planning. 


Career Development - Lead by example with regards to building positive relationships and foster a learning environment. Contribute to the development and succession plans and goals for the development of others in the department. 


Performs other job-related duties as assigned.



Required Education

Course of Study

Bachelor's Degree or 4 Yrs Relevant Experience

Business administration, finance, merchandising, supply chain management or related field.

Preferred Education

Course of Study

Master's Degree

Business administration, finance, merchandising, supply chain management or related field.

Relevant Experience

Supervisory Experience

3 - 6 yrs minimum

1 - 5 yrs minimum

Language(s) Required

Language(s) Preferred


English & Spanish

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

• Negotiating exposure.

• Strong interpersonal skills with regards to building and maintaining working relationships.

• Financial acumen.

• Ability to work with large quantities of data and gain actionable insights.

• Strong communication skills with all associate levels.

• Experience in a retail organization.

• Experience negotiating.

• Experience with category development.

• Ability to communicate effectively with executive leadership.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Preferred

• Proven leadership experience.

• Advanced degree with an emphasis in Merchandising or related field.


Environmental Factors



Environmental Factors

SSC Light: Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this position, the associate is regularly required to sit, use hands or fingers to handle, hold or feel objects, tools or controls, talk, see, hear and perform repetitive movements with both hands. The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk on carpet, tile or concrete Working Conditions: Majority of the time will be spent indoors in a traditional office environment. Safety Risk Factors: The employee is rarely required to twist back and/or neck and walk on a slippery or cluttered floor surface. Overall Required Equipment a personal computer, telephone, printer, copy machine, fax machine and other general office supplies and equipment. Pulling Requirement 20 lbs. Lifting Requirement 20 lbs.


Travel Requirements

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