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Associate Category Manager

The North West Company - U.S. Anchorage Full-Time
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As the Associate Category Manager, at the North West Company International (NWCI), you achieve sales, inventory turns and gross profit targets in your assigned department. Your leadership will build category strategies, and vendor alliances and programs that create long-term health of merchandise. If you have experience delivering market share targets and building consumer loyalty this opportunity is for you!

Joining NWCI gives you the opportunity for growth and development throughout the company, an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package, and to be part of a dynamic and diverse culture.

NWCI is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighborhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out northwest.ca for more information.

Your Role:

• Assist the Category Manager in conceiving, developing and executing long-range, annual and seasonal category strategies;
• Incorporate overall positioning, target market, pricing, merchandise mix, merchandise sourcing and replenishment, presentation guidelines, advertising, and promotion;
• Create and manage assortments for assigned merchandise departments and store positioning strategies with input by the Category Manager;
• Ensure that sourcing decisions maximize category performance while reflecting the full costs of handling, delivering and selling;
• Evaluate and select vendor partners for assigned merchandise departments;
• Negotiate cost, terms and special volume incentive allowance agreements (co-op advertising, display allowances and volume rebates;
• Coordinate advertising and merchandising activities for assigned merchandise departments;
• Create and maintain item integrity, including both cost and pricing;

Desired Skills Experience:

Minimum 3 years retail experience in supervisory role; Undergraduate degree in business or related field; Extensive MS Office Suite experience, including above average knowledge of Excel; Profit and Loss, budgeting and operating statement experience; coupled with financial analysis capabilities; Strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal skills and experience with vendor negotiation; Strong communication skills, both verbal and written; Ability to problem solve complex issues; Strong prioritizing and mathematical skills; Strong attention to details and time management Strong time management and adherence to both Category and Company goals and deadlines; and Ability to set priorities based on workload.

Positions will be advertised externally; however internal candidates will receive first consideration based on qualifications. Employees are encouraged to bring forward applications of external candidates that meet the qualifications of this position.

A competitive salary is being offered along with opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Reports to: Category Manager
 

Skills required

Business Development
Marketing
Negotiation
Business Acumen
Presentations
Sales
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The North West Company is a leading retailer to underserved rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs.

North West’s core strengths include: our ability to adapt our product mix to each market we serve; our logistics expertise in moving product to, and operating stores within, remote or difficult-to-reach locations; our knowledge in serving indigenous and lower-income customers; and our ability to apply these strengths to serve customers within complementary niche businesses.

North West has a rich enterprising legacy as one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world. The company traces its roots back to 1668 with many of our store locations in Northern Canada and Alaska having been in operation for over 200 years. Today these northern stores serve communities with populations from 500 to 8,000. A typical store is 7,500 square feet in size and offers food, family apparel, housewares, appliances, outdoor products and services such as post offices, income tax return preparation, quick-service prepared food, commercial business sales, money transfers and cheque cashing.

Growth at North West has come from market share expansion within existing locations and from applying our expertise and infrastructure to new markets and complementary businesses. The latter includes wholesaling to independent stores, opening Giant Tiger junior discount stores in rural communities and urban neighbourhoods in Western Canada, and our late 2007 acquisition of Cost-U-Less, Inc. (CUL), a chain of mid-sized warehouse format stores serving the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean.

A key strength and ongoing strategy of North West is to adapt to unique local lifestyles, cultures and selling opportunities better than our competition. Store development flexibility, store management selection and learning programs, store-level merchandise ordering, community relations and profit-sharing incentive plans are all ingredients of the model we have built to support this leading market position. We believe that continued, efficient enhancement of our execution skills in general and our localization skills specifically, are essential components in effectively meeting the customer needs within each market we serve.

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