Area Category Operations Manager

Develop implementation plan for categorystrategy customized for multiple Distribution Centers. Ensure implementation isin alignment with overall US Foods category strategy and goals and defined Areaneeds.
Review assigned Area product assortment andgauge product penetration, noting slow or dead SKUs as well as growthopportunities. Responsible for profitable sales growth within assignedcategories for their Area. Request exception SKUs, as needed, to finalize Areaassortment, determine DWOs, and create conversion plans. Ensure Area productassortment is in alignment with US Foods category strategy and work to reduceSKU duplication. Ensure all localcustomer needs are met and are aligned with the national strategies.
Maintain lead role in consistently gatheringlocal market data for multiple DCs in assigned Area (including trends) throughfeedback and intelligence from culinary team, sales staff, and vendorpartners. Report new productopportunities and provide data on competitors. Finalize Area assortment andcore complement and exception SKUs.
Facilitate product training and new productintroductions, with DSS, Specialists and sales staff. Ensure product/brandmessage is in alignment with overall USF strategy. Work closely with theculinary team, conducting planning meetings to identify accounts and categoriesand their potential opportunities.
Support and facilitate all FSQA inquiries forthe assigned Area through appropriate procedures and work closely with theRegion team on any national or regional vendor issues. Support majorArea-specific account bids through thorough analysis, coordinate customeron-boarding, and keep sales staff informed of ongoing category strategy.
Other duties assigned by manager.
EOERace/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/NationalOrigin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status
Four year college degree in business or related field, or equivalent field experience required.
Related Experience:
Must possess a minimum of 7 years category management experience
Project management experience preferred, ideally this experience will derive from the food service or food manufacturing industries.
Must possess the ability to operate successfully within a matrix organization, working effectively with multiple groups.
Must be able to work in a team setting, drive organizational transformations and support change management within the organization.
Must be able to provide fact-based recommendations across a variety of management levels resulting in buy-in and improvement in category performance.
Must be self-directed and highly motivated, possessing a strong business acumen.
Sound interpersonal skills
Excellent presentation skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, and Excel required; working knowledge of PowerPoint is required working knowledge of Microsoft Access a plus.
MOS Code: Culinary Specialist
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