Job: Category Operations Manager
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Job Description - Category Operations Manager (14000315)
Category Operations Manager - 14000315
-Support the implementation of US Foods division category strategy across assigned division. Execute recommended assortment changes and support positive local vendor relationships. Support division sales staff with product assortment updates, informational inquiries and delivery of product cuttings and training sessions.
Develop implementation plan for category strategy customized to assigned division. Ensure implementation is in alignment with overall US Foods category strategy and goals and local division needs.
Review division product assortment and gauge product penetration, noting slow or dead SKUs as well as growth opportunities. Request exception SKUs, as needed, to finalize division assortment, determine DWOs, and create conversion plans. Ensure division product assortment is in alignment with US Foods category strategy and work to reduce SKU duplication.
Maintain lead role in consistently gathering local market data (including trends) through feedback and intelligence from culinary team and sales staff. Report new product opportunities and provide data on competitors. Finalize division assortment and core complement and exception SKUs.
Facilitate product training, new product introductions, and lead cuttings with sales staff. Ensure product/brand message is in alignment with overall USF strategy. Work closely with the culinary team, conducting planning meetings to identify accounts and categories and their potential opportunities.
Support the sales staff with "Save Our Sales" (SOS) program-related inquiries related to quality, packaging, vendor and service issues. Support major division-specific account bids through thorough analysis, coordinate customer on-boarding, and keep sales staff informed of ongoing category strategy.
Education/Training: Four year college degree in business or related field, or equivalent field experience required.
Related Experience: Minimum 7 years category management experience required, with some project management experience preferred, ideally this experience will derive from the food service or food manufacturing industries.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Must possess the ability to operate successfully within a matrix organization, working effectively with multiple groups. Must be able to work in a team setting, drive organizational transformations and support change management within the organization. Must be able to provide fact-based recommendations across a variety of management levels resulting in buy-in and improvement in category performance. Must be self-directed and highly motivated, possessing a strong business acumen, sound interpersonal skills, and excellent presentation skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel required; ability to utilize Microsoft Access a plus.
: MN-Twin Cities-Plymouth
: Day Job
: Category Management
: Individual Contributor