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1 Presidents Choice Circle, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5S5
At Loblaw, we help millions of Canadians get through their best days, worst days, celebration days, and every day. Through our innovation and quality products, we’re here for our friends, neighbours, family members and colleagues.
We succeed through collaboration and commitment and set a high bar for ourselves and those around us.
We’re looking for adaptable people who are thrilled to join us in our goal of helping Canadians Live Life Well®. Whether you are just starting your career, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a new job, this is where you belong. We promote leaders at every level and support our people to follow their passion.
Why is this role important?
Category Director, Processed Meat, Pork & Marinades
Join us at Loblaw Companies Limited as a Category Director in our Discount Division to bring innovative products and programs to 400 grocery retail stores across Canada, including No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore & Maxi. Reporting to the Sr. Category Director, you will be responsible for managing every aspect of the Processed Meat, Pork & Marinades category, including vision, strategy, financial performance, competitive benchmarking, and program execution. You will be responsible for leading a team of Merchants and Associate Merchants. If you would like to be part of a diverse team of critical business leaders that are data-driven and customer centric with a passion for food, apply today!
What You'll Do:
Work collaboratively with various colleagues in merchandising, operations, control brands, supply chain, loyalty, e-commerce, marketing, media and other divisions.
Build trusted relationships with category vendors and external partners.
Use data and analytics to develop short and long-term strategic plans; and identify critical merchandising priorities, risks, and opportunities.
Lead the financial forecasting, modelling and performance for the category with top-to-bottom ownership of profit and loss (P&L) outcomes, inclusive of sales, margins, shrink and EBIT
Be solely accountable for delivering category budget goals and achieving non-financial departmental goals as assigned, with weekly, periodic, and quarterly reporting obligations.
Maintain a deep understanding of the competitive landscape within the category and manage performance outcomes – including market share growth and development, shelf pricing, assortment and promotional strategy effectiveness, and global merchandising best-practices.
Negotiate with vendors to achieve best-in-market product costing and program investments.
Lead and develop your team in assortment management (including optimization analysis, new product and costing evaluation, planogram design and in-store merchandising strategies)
Lead and develop your team in program management (including promotional product selection and forecasting, financial modelling with P&L impact analysis, pricing decisions, flyer and digital content decisions) and vendor relationship management.
Collaborate with private label Product Managers and Product Developers to identify and achieve all strategic and financial goals for the private label portfolio within the category.
What You'll Need:
A self-motivated leader with an entrepreneurial mindset and a passion for category management
Post-secondary education or equivalent experience. Post-graduate education and/or professionally accredited designation(s) an asset.
Minimum 5 years of experience in retail merchandising, strategy, marketing, business development and/or business management – specifically, with responsibilities over P&L required
Knowledge of complex financial forecasting, modelling and analytics required
Analytical approach to decision making – using data to derive business insights that lead to actionable strategies and favourable financial outcomes.
Ability to engage, collaborate with and influence diverse teams.
Ability to think critically, innovate and overcome obstacles with a sense of urgency.
Ability to coach, mentor and develop a team that supports and accelerates talent-cultivation within the Discount Division
Loblaw is committed to sustainability by sourcing products with integrity and making a positive difference in the community. Our CORE Values – Care, Ownership, Respect and Excellence – guide all our decision-making and come to life through our Blue Culture. We offer our colleagues progressive careers, comprehensive training, flexibility, and other competitive benefits – these are some of the many reasons why we are one of Canada’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Canada’s Greenest Employers & Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.
Type of Role:
We have a long-standing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion because we know it will make our company a better place to work and shop. We are committed to creating accessible environments for our colleagues, candidates and customers. Requests for accommodation due to a disability (which may be visible or invisible, temporary or permanent) can be made at any stage of application and employment. We encourage candidates to make their accommodation needs known so that we can provide equitable opportunities.
Candidates who are 18 years or older are required to complete a criminal background check. Details will be provided through the application process.