Category Manager

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Job Title: Category Manager

Company: Clark Associates

Clark Associates, Inc is the fastest growing distributor of foodservice, hospitality and janitorial supplies in the country. We distribute over 150,000 products nationally through three main channels of distribution. We are looking for an ambitious and talented leader to join our team as a Category Manager. Reporting to the VP of Procurement and President of the Company, this position offers an unparalleled degree of control over an extensive group of products. A successful Category Manger will synchronize efforts between multiple buyers in order to maximize the profitability and exposure of the product lines.

The training period for this role begins with an intensive tour of the different functions of the procurement department. Here, you will learn to develop inventory control systems, tackle complex negotiations with manufacturers, and learn how we develop and manage brand private-label products. Your tour of the procurement department will allow you to fill the role of both buyer and procurement analyst, giving you comprehensive experience with data analysis that will prove critical in your position as Category Manager. You will fill the roles of an analyst and a buyer for at least a year before moving into a Category Management role.

Job Responsibilities:

Work Closely with Buyers on key initiatives such as planning inventory cycles, line reviews, etc to develop and grow total category sales
Develop comprehensive category growth strategies using consumer insights, SEO data, pricing analysis and internal sales data that enable market share growth and category growth
This position works as a strategic thought leader, imparting knowledge of the category to drive profitable business performance
Job Requirements:

Exceptional work ethic
Entrepreneurial approach to problem solving
Strong negotiating skills
Ability to thrive in a challenging work environment
Skills in Microsoft Excel and Access
Strong Organizational and Administrative skills: Must be able to present oral and written data and conclusions in an organized manner
Strong mathematic skills. Comfortable analyzing data in decision making to achieve desired results.
No industry knowledge is needed. We will train you. Compensation includes competitive wages, a health care plan, 401K plan and paid time off. Other job perks include standing desks, on site gym, commercial kitchen in break room and monthly theme lunches and social events. Please include a cover letter with your application.

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