Retail Category Manager
The Category Manager organizes, directs, plans and controls activity that ensures customer value, excellence in presentation, quality and consistency of product, innovation, productivity and ethical community and organization responsibility. Generally the time management required for success in this position is 25% field time and 75% administrative time. This position requires a seasoned knowledge of the products and disciplines provided in merchandising programs. Incumbent will possess strong marketing background that focuses on identifying and satisfying customer needs. As this is a staff support function, it is critical that the incumbent possess superior written and verbal communication skills. This position is responsible for the effective coordination of assigned programs between various suppliers and Dash In Food Stores. This coordination includes but is not limited to buying, promotions, development and administration of the management disciplines necessary to ensure the achievement of the maximum potential of the non-foods category. Responsibilities:Ensures continued sales and gross profit contribution through quality marketing strategy and effective execution of the strategy.Ensures that the integrity of the "brands" is maintained to the standards of the brand partner.Constantly monitors performance of managed brands/products to ensure it meets organizational objectives.Identifies new business opportunities for new products, re-launches, packaging changes, range extensions and proposes initial plans to exploit these opportunities.Develops, communicates, implements and coordinates all non-foods promotions. Participates in all national programs that are suitable for Dash In.Develops, communicates, implements and coordinates all new programs using the EVA process and EVA modeling.Cooperates with community to enhance the company's image.Strives to get maximum efficiency from our programs, advertising, and promotions.Participates in annual sales, gross profit, financial planning through the budgetary process, and commits to the attainment of same.Liaises with internal departments and external agencies to ensure full communication and success of marketing plans. Competencies: Adaptability - Adapts positively to changes in direction, priorities, schedules, approaches, and responsibilities; engages, and alerts others regarding the need for change, Business Acumen - Uses and balances information about business drivers and trends such as revenue, costs, customer needs, and short- and long-term needs to guide planning and activities., Coalition Building Company Description: At the Wills Group, our goal is to help our customers feel refreshed, energized and ready to tackle whats next, regardless of which business of ours you use. Whether its a smooth running HVAC system for your home or a fresh and tasty cup of coffee on your way to work, our friendly team works hard to be a positive part of your day. Founded in 1926 and headquartered in scenic Southern Maryland, we serve thousands of customers with our retail convenience stores Dash In and provide comfort services for homes and businesses with SMO Energy. Our Mission: We aim to be the preferred choice for employees, customers and business partners in our chosen markets and geographies. We will achieve this through a deeper understanding of peoples needs and a sincere commitment to delivering on those needs to the best of our abilities.