Chain of grocery supermarkets, employing 1,000 with 8 locations serving 100,000 customers with planned expansion.
Develop and implement perishables category business plans and direct product development programs, pricing, and promotions by analyzing past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to achieve sales objectives, profitability goals, market share and competitive position strategies.
Manage the buying and merchandising function. Negotiate, evaluate, and determine new line additions and deletions. Manage and maintain an accurate open to buy program to control purchased quantities and maintain inventory levels.
Interact and negotiate with vendors from the US, Brazil, China, Panama, UK, South Africa to develop sales plans, co-op programs and promotions to maximize sales and profit at all locations.
Train, coach, and mentor 2 buyers, providing oversight of their daily activities; ordering product, quantity adjustments, product movement.
Develop and maintain detailed planograms, product, and merchandising displays. Orient perishables department store staffs on objectives, goals to promote and grow sales and profit.
Quarterly reports on business, sales, profit performance competition and marketing plans.
The position reports to the VP of Purchasing.
3+ years of perishables purchasing experience within a retail grocery organization.
1+ years’ experience managing a perishables department.
Experience in supplier management, contract negotiation and strategic buying.
Ability to analyze consumer data (Spire, IRI, Nielsen) and identify trends, make category strategies, decisions, and recommendations.