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Job Ref:  3fb524f5
Employer:  Direct Solutions - Canada
Country:  Canada
County/State:  Ontario
City:  Markham
11/10/2016 08:52
Job Description:

The role: Have you evolved your business as a Category Manager and brought a new retail space to light? We now seek a Category Manager, Consumables to manage National Branded Dog & Cat Food with accountability for increased sales, profits and inventory turns. You will understand product positioning, consumer and store needs while working closely with peers in Marketing, Supply Chain and Operations. What you will do: •Develop merchandise strategy around company directives •Communicate strategies to internal and external partners •Plan, execute and deliver annual category reviews •Ensure product assortment, sales, margins and buying plans are aligned to budgets •Provide direction on planning, pricing and assortment •Ensure pricing strategies support financial objectives •Negotiate product costs and promotional programs •Develop strong vendor relationships with key suppliers •Manage product life cycle, exit strategy and aged inventory •Manage store and warehouse inventory levels with Supply Chain •Ensure planograms are maintained and updated •Keep abreast of market trends and implement into category strategy •Grow market share What you will need to succeed: •University degree in quantitative/analytical business discipline •7+ years retail category management in consumables or packaged goods •Involved in enhancement and execution of category management processes •Thorough knowledge of retail purchasing dynamics (category management, seasonality, life cycle, margin requirements, negotiating, clearance programs, store sales improvements, item introductions, budgeting, promotional planning and planogramming) •Ability to lead and motivate •Results oriented with a proven track record •Hard-working, independent, co-operative, accountable, collaborative •Demonstrated analytical problem solving skills Candidates will be asked to complete testing to confirm proficiency in the above skills. We thank all applicants however only those selected will be contacted.

Company Description:

We are Canada's largest pet specialty retailer of pet food, treats, toys and accessories with stores located throughout Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Pet Valu family of stores operate under the names Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food and Bosley's, and together comprise the largest retail operation in Canada dedicated to providing families with food and supplies for dogs, cats, companion birds, wild birds, fish, reptiles and small animals.

Pet Valu offers over 7,000 products, including holistic, national and premium brands of pet foods and treats as well as a wide selection of essential and innovative pet supplies for all budgets, purchased from over 200 suppliers in 11 countries. We pride ourselves on being pet experts and we want to use our knowledge and experience to help you find the right nutrition and other solutions for your pets.

Pet Valu offers a comprehensive rewards program to our employees including an employee discount program, special offers on events and services, and a social committee to promote some fun at work. Full-time employees receive employer-paid group health benefits, a tuition reimbursement program, flexible work hours and time-off programs that help balance personal life with work.

-Flexible work hours
-Internal job posting program with employee referral bonus
-Online Employee Self-service system for a range of resources
-Employee recognition program
-Employee discounts at corporate stores
-Employer sponsored social activities
-Employer paid group benefits and sick days for full time employees
-Tuition reimbursement program for full time employees
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