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Category Manager

Company: HMSHost
Location: Bethesda
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Job Description:

With a career at HMSHost, you really benefit! We offer:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, flex or sick)
  • Holiday pay
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free parking and onsite fitness center
  • Wellbeing Support Program
  • Training and exciting career growth opportunities
  • Referral program - refer a friend and earn a bonusPurposeThe purpose of the Category Manager is to manage all aspects of the assortment process for assigned category of goods by ensuring that product planning and selection, display, distribution and logistics, systems maintenance and lifecycle management are performed in a way that creates compelling merchandise assortments that are consistent with the company's financial goals and strategies.Essential Functions
    • Identify customer preferences and forecast consumer trends in the Snack & Beverage categories
    • Discover and purchase new products while checking the quality and growth trends compared to current items.
    • Negotiate terms of agreements to achieve the best program (cost, rebates, incentives) for the company
    • Ensure the timely delivery of products and compliance with the contracts purchased.
    • Monitor the purchases of products on a quarterly basis to ensure product is selling
    • Create annual budget for rebates or incentives for each supplier
    • Create and send quarterly invoices to suppliers for rebates or volume allowances and follow up on any outstanding balances
    • Set up all new suppliers are properly set up in the A/P system and ensure the suppliers are approved by Quality Assurance before creating a Purchase Order.
    • Manage vendor/supplier logistics and freight management procedures, works with accounting and vendors for timely payments of invoices and processing of rebates, discounts.
    • Run quarterly purchasing reports to ensure product cost are what was agreed in the contract
    • Create reports on sales, budgets and customer satisfaction and adjust strategies accordingly
    • Forge and maintain trust relationships with suppliers to promote fair dealings
    • Support any Ad Hoc projects that relate to the Snack & Beverage categories.
    • Assist in executes corporate Matrix programs as they relate to specific assigned categories
    • Maintains contact with industry to identify and evaluate trends and product innovations, sources new products, and develops custom products for stores. (attend events, conferences and seminars)
    • Negotiates and creates promotional calendar and partners with suppliers to increase sales or opportunity buys to generate margin dollars.Reporting relationship and other important information
      • The Category Manager position as described falls under the Fair Labor Standards act as an Exempt position
      • The position is required to travel occasionally and irregularly as necessary, potentially up to 5 days per month
      • The Category Manager reports to the Sr Director, Supply ChainMinimum Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Work Environment
        • Requires business acumen and technical skills generally associated with the achievement of a Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, or related field, and Requires 5 years progressive buying experience in Snack, Beverage or Retail Buying or Category Management
        • Requires proven track record as a Category Manager or Buyer in a geographically dispersed retail organization and demonstrated merchandising skills; knowledge of store operations, distribution and logistics; technical retail skills and the ability to interpret market research and product performance
        • Requires experience negotiating contracts and managing third party/outsourced relationships
        • Requires computer skills including Microsoft Office and other accounting, retail systems
        • Requires strong technical oral, written and interpersonal communication skillsDisclaimer
          • All job requirements are subject to change to reflect the evolving position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an "at-will" basis.
          • HMSHost is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Keywords: HMSHost, Bethesda , Category Manager, Executive , Bethesda, Maryland

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