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Check with seller Associate Category Manager - Food Anchorage

Published date: April 3, 2022
  • Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

In your role as the Associate Category Manager, at The North West Company International (NWCI), you will achieve sales, inventory turns and gross profit targets in your assigned merchandise departments. Your leadership will build category strategies, and vendor alliances and programs that create long-term health of merchandise. If you deliver market share targets and build consumer loyalty this opportunity is for you!

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

The North West Company International, Inc. (NWCI or North West) is a leading community retailer to rural communities and urban neighborhood markets in the following regions: rural Alaska, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of retail products and services with an emphasis on food. North West owns a rich enterprising legacy as one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world, with many of our stores in Alaska having continuously served their communities for over 140 years. Today these northern stores operate in communities with populations from 500 to 7000. A typical store is 7500 square feet in size and offers food, family apparel, housewares, appliances, outdoor products, and services such as quick-service prepared food, special ordering, money transfers, and check cashing. 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;
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 items integrity, including both cost and pricing; and
Review and auction store and depot inventory.

Desired Skills & Experience:
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;
Strong analytical skills;
Profit and Loss, budgeting and operating statement experience;
Strong verbal and written and interpersonal skills;
Financial analysis capabilities;
Vendor negotiation experience; and
Strong attention to details and time management.

Interested internal applicants are invited to send their resume directly Kristen Roberson, Recruiting Specialist at kroberson@northwest.ca no later than 5PM, April 4, 2022.

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

NOTE: If an existing employee is selected for a posted position they will be required to remain in that position a minimum of one year prior to applying for other posted positions unless authorized by their current supervisor. New employees to the Company must also remain in their position a minimum of one year prior to applying for posted positions unless authorized by their supervisor.

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, AK

Reports to: Category Manager - Food

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