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Center Store Specialist (Grocery Category Manager)-, Retail Support Center

Company: Metropolitan Market
Location: Seattle
Posted on: September 15, 2019

Job Description:

Job Summary: This key role is responsible for product selection, vendor management, pricing, food safety, sales planning, and merchandising for assigned Center Store categories (Grocery, Frozen, Dairy, HBW, and GM). This position develops and executes highly productive category strategies as well as manages category financials through pricing, driving cost improvements, securing trade funds, and intelligently managing buying/inventory for assigned categories.

Specific Job Duties:

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Effectively performs category management functions; determines sets, item selection, and pricing to achieve maximum profitability and sales goals; partners with the Schematic and Category Coordinator to develop customer focused and profitably schematics.

  • Assumes responsibility for buying assigned center store categories with flexibility to category reassignment as the business dictates.

  • Coordinates buying activities with other Center Store Specialists and department managers to acquire inventory in a cost-effective and efficient way while obtaining products of the highest possible quality.

  • Assumes responsibility for buying system data input and integrity, as well as Key Performance Indicators for operating the business.

  • Completes the daily tasks needed to support promotions and large quantity purchases including trade shows purchases, trade funds, and new item launches.

  • Works with leadership to address all aspects of buying, market trends assessment pricing, product availability and operational standards.

  • Supports company and Center Store department initiatives and special projects set forth by the Center Store Director; ensures initiatives and projects are clearly defined and comprehensive project timelines are implemented with clearly stated deliverables; follows up with grocery teams to review outcome of initiatives and projects.

  • Coordinates with the Marketing department category related marketing and merchandising activities.

  • Works closely with grocery teams on merchandising and displays; ensures promotions, holidays, and new items are displayed in a timely manner and follow plans to maximize sales; supports companywide merchandising initiatives. Develops bi-weekly ad.

  • Performs budget forecasting functions; works with Center Store Director to establish budgets; works to maintain budgeted sales and gross dollars targets.

  • Works with Store Directors and Assistant Store Directors, as needed, to help address employee performance issues (i.e., provides SD/ASD with relative information so he/she may follow-up with employee).

  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Center Store Director.

    Skills Required / Qualifications:

    Candidates will be selected from applicants having the best combination of the following qualifications:


    • Minimum five years related retail Center Store (grocery) category management and procurement for multiple retail locations required.

    • Minimum five years experience in distributor and broker category procurement and management preferred.

    • Possesses strong knowledge of gross profit, inventory control, and labor percentages.

    • Demonstrates a strong knowledge, understanding of, and passion for food, including products and trends.

    • Computer skills, proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

    • Proven ability to positively affect sales generation and manage expenses, including labor.

    • Demonstrated ability to effectively negotiate with vendors and suppliers.

    • Strong leadership skills, proven success as a team leader and member.

    • Able to effectively delegate and follow-through.

    • Strong communication skills, oral and written; exceptional customer service skills.

    • Demonstrates a high-level of self-motivation; takes initiative; problem solves.

    • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously and produce quality output while working within deadlines a must. Sense of urgency required. Excellent time management and organizational skills.

      Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO): It is the policy of Metropolitan Market, LLC that all employees and applicants be afforded equal opportunities in employment without regard to race, color, sex (including gender identity and gender stereotypes), national origin, religion, disability, or retaliation for engaging in an EEO protected activity. The Company prohibits discrimination or harassment based on any of these categories, as well as on age, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, military service, or any other bases protected under applicable local, state, or federal law.

Keywords: Metropolitan Market, Seattle , Center Store Specialist (Grocery Category Manager)-, Retail Support Center, Executive , Seattle, Washington

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