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Role Mandate :
The Category Director has ultimate accountability for the sales and EBIT of a category across all formats. This includes all functions that impact these financial objectives, including determining product assortment, pricing, promotion, and planogram layout, liaising with marketing, conducting financial analyses, reporting, and monitoring store execution.
Manage within assigned category budget.
Achieve national category P&L and GMROI for assigned category, including inventory carrying costs.
Implement product assortment, sales and buying plans in order to achieve category targets. Review implementation throughout the year, adjusting as required to meet targets.
Deliver against control label objectives in order to achieve annual sales, market share and profit objectives.
Ensure that the control label brand product development process is consistent with established standards for assigned category.
Communicate category, category change and activity, and merchandising standards for each format.
Participate in setting merchandising direction for each retail format for assigned category.
Develop and implement promotions and programs for the assigned category.
Work collaboratively with the leader of the Processes and Controls group to develop standardized tools and processes (i.
e. product assortment, category management, vendor negotiation and management, reporting and metrics, pricing and inventory management).
Collaborate with Format Merchandising Captains in developing programs applicable in each format.
Manage, train, motivate and appraise direct reports. This includes explicit consideration of on-the-job training needs for each direct report, arranging appropriate training, and providing timely feedback.
Develop, monitor and manage within annual operating budgets.
Collaboratively plan activities and develop strong relationships with the vendor community in order to maximize internal revenue.
Role Requirements :
Post secondary education (university or college) or equivalent experience
Experience managing P&L statements preferred
Proven ability to lead and motivate teams
Proven ability to develop short and long term plans in line with corporate strategies
Excellent communicator up, down and across the enterprise
Ability to gather and synthesize customer and market insight and information in the product identification and development process
Key Measures (Performance indicators) :
P&L Performance (i.e. Sales, GP, GM, Advertising, Inventory)
Service level (in stock)
SKU productivity and markdowns
Control label penetration
How You’ll Succeed :
At Loblaw, we seek great people to continually strengthen our culture. We believe great people model our values, are authentic, build trust and make connections.
If that sounds like you, and you are open-minded, responsive to change and up to the challenges provided in a fast-paced retail environment, apply today.
In addition, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing. Upholding the law is part of our Code of Conduct it reinforces what our customers and stakeholders expect of us.
Employment Type : Full time
Type of Role : Temporary (Fixed Term)
Temporary (Fixed Term)