Associate Category Manager - Future Opportunities
at The North West Company

Date Posted 2019-11-15

Job Description

Ready for your opportunity to play a leading role on a team accountable for building fact-based, customer driven category marketing plans? The Associate Category Manager Food at The North West Company (NWC), uses sales data, customer research, market data, and industry information to better meet the needs of our unique consumer and to optimize financial performance. In conjunction with the Category Manager, you will develop, formulate, and execute a strategy and tactics within the context of the overall marketing strategy, including assortment planning, procurement, merchandising, retail pricing advertising and promotion, as well as assisting in vendor negotiations and supply agreements.

Joining NWC 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.

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out for more information

Your Role:

• Negotiate and source product, costs, rebates and discounts, FOB points, and contracts/agreements on behalf of NWC, while ensuring NWC quality standards are understood and met by each vendor;
• Determine and authorize category assortment, pricing, and quantification for seasonal and ongoing store programs;
• Develop and manage 1 year Category Plans, inclusive of financial performance goals of sales, gross margin, volume incentives, controllable activity costs, and inventory productivity;
• Complete assortment and margin reviews as well as pricing strategies to ensure gross margin expectations are met or exceeded and are in alignment with corporate targets;
• Work with Supply Chain Analysts and Sales/Operations Managers to ensure category planning and marketing programs are executed and operating effectively; and
• Coordinate the implementation of new product initiatives and new work processes.

Desired Skills Experience:

• Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in the marketing field;
• Post-secondary education (degree, diploma, or certification) or an equivalent combination of education/training, and experience;
• Strong Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills;
• Exceptional analytical, problem solving, and decision making skills with the ability to adhere to strict deadlines;
• Ability to work well in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment;
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, coupled with strong interpersonal skills;
• Strong customer service skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships within the organization, and develop an in-depth understanding of NWCs customers;
• Must be able to maintain confidential information;
• Previous buying and retail merchandising experience is an asset, and;
• Able to accommodate a flexible schedule with limited travel (up to 20 days a year).

Location: Gibraltar House, 77 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB

Reports To: Category Manager, Food

You may include your resume and cover letter together as a single document. Opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization are present. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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About Us

Looking for a Rewarding Career Opportunity?

The North West Company (NWC) has a rich enterprising legacy as one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world and we can trace our roots back to 1668 with many of our store locations in Northern Canada and Alaska having been in operation for over 200 years. If you’re looking for a new career, consider NWC as we’re proud to offer a broad range of rewarding opportunities that will allow you to develop and contribute to the growth of our organization.

At NWC, our mission is to be a trusted provider of goods and services within hard-to-reach, underserved and less-developed markets throughout Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. While our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food, we strive to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Our stores include; Northern, North Mart, Giant Tiger junior discount store, AC Value Center and Cost-U-Less, Inc.

Between our Canadian and International Operations, we offer a variety of career opportunities across a geographically diverse area. From our Corporate roles, Distribution, Canadian Retail to International opportunities, we provide challenge and meaningful work, growth and development and competitive pay and benefits packages.

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