This position reports directly to the Vice President-Corporate Procurement and is responsible for managing specific private label categories and all private label facets of business within the assigned categories.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Negotiates with vendors for all components of private label vendors and products.
Determine supplier source for respective private label categories.
Negotiate all aspects of vendor relationship, including product cost, terms, supply chain parameters. Work with Strategic Sourcing Department on Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
Work with suppliers to determine product specification. Coordinate with Quality Assurance Department.
Work with category managers to generate new items that contribute sales and margin to the category. Work with Private Label Marketing Department on packaging development.
Interface with the category manager team by participating in category reviews and analysis. This includes space management, marketing, operations, pricing and merchandising.
Maintains awareness in market trends and analyzes market data from IRI, Nielsen and other reliable sources. Visits competitive retail stores on a regular basis.
Stays updated on all competitive situations for key items and reacts when necessary.
Ability to analyze external and internal data, interpret and make decisions and recommendations to management based off of this data.
Audits competitive product selection, displays and pricing through on-site visits.
Candidates for this position must have a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a 4-year college or university; two years relevant experience; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have strong leadership, analytical, and interpersonal skills, along with communication skills both oral and written. Store experience a plus.
Candidates must possess the following skills:
Proficiency in Power Point, Outlook and Word.
Advanced in Excel (spreadsheets).
High attention to detail.
Must be able to develop, format and share spreadsheets for purposes of analysis.
Knowledge of Access or similar relational database is desirable.
Experience with supply chain, cost, pricing and product performance systems.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, where the Company began over 145 years ago, Smart & Final Stores, Inc. operates more than 300 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Utah, with an additional 15 stores in Northern Mexico operated through a joint venture.
For years, Smart & Final banner stores were known as the “smaller, faster warehouse store,” primarily focused on providing customers with club-size items. Throughout its evolution, it has remained committed to adapting to the changing needs of the neighborhoods it serves, most notably through its 2008 introduction of Smart & Final Extra! stores. Uniquely positioned to offer time- and money-savings for both household and business customers, Smart & Final Extra! stores include expanded fresh and frozen products, organic and natural products, bulk foods, oven-roasted chicken and many other items sold in convenient sizes. In addition, all Smart & Final stores continue to offer 50% more club-size items than a traditional club store, with no membership fee required.
While Smart & Final stores target both households and businesses, Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice stores are primarily focused on serving foodservice professionals; operators of small restaurants, catering companies, businesses, and nonprofits. It also provides household customers with a high quality and value option for stocking-up their kitchens and preparing for holidays, parties and events.