Our market leading energy client has an immediate need for a Retail Category Manager who has experience in managing the tobacco category and have experience in analytics.
This is a 1-year contract located in Calgary, AB.
What you will be doing…
- Manage product categories to ensure proper product selection, including the identification and introduction of new products; efficient distribution; proper shelving space allocations; competitive costing, fair retail pricing, and effective promotional strategies.
- Forecast, track and analyze category and product volumes and evaluate industry-wide trends and the competitive landscape to develop a sales growth strategy for specific products or groups of products.
- Manage vendor relationships including selecting and negotiating with vendors to provide products and services sought by customers, optimizing volume rebates and promotional funding support, and resolving site-level vendor issues.
- Conduct business analysis makes recommendations on marketing plans and sales fundamentals and implements specific business plan strategies and initiatives such as preparation of quarterly/annual category business reviews.
- Communicate and support Retail Operations team members and retailers, including but not limited to: program/key product lists, category-specific merchandising, pricing and inventory management training store layouts, audits, Husk Works articles and merchandising.
- Develop and implement selling concepts and tools to support category projects and provide post-launch support and recommendations to sales and customers through performance tracking and analysis.
What you will need to succeed…
- University degree.
- Business degree with a specialization in Marketing and MBA (asset).
- Minimum 5 years’ experience with a vendor or retailer in operations, marketing, purchasing or selling in a multi-unit retail environment.
- Category Management or consumer/ product analytical experience in a retail environment
- Strong analytical skills with the ability to draw insights from internal and external data sources
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with superior attention to detail.
- Creative approach to negotiating and problem-solving.
- Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Ability to work in cross-functional teams with a demonstrated ability to maintain strong internal and external relationships.
- Passion to see projects through from inception to completion and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
- Strong planning skills.
- Previous experience in managing the tobacco category.
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