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Merchandise Department Specialist

Program start date: January 2022
The Merchandise Department Specialist is responsible for monitoring, maintaining, and developing the merchandising departments. This position will remain current on the performances of all products relative to a specific department (produce, bakery, vitamins, etc.) ensuring timely product enhancement; requires visiting stores often to ensure proper merchandising techniques are in place. This position will also work with Category Managers to ensure proper inventory, pricing and placement of products.

Note: this role is based at our headquarters in Phoenix, AZ and is not eligible for relocation.

Essential Job Functions
  • Develop new items and programs to target key consumer trends and optimizing overall product assortment
  • Create process manuals including cost and labor validation
  • Assist in coordinating new product roll outs
  • Monitor the design, development and preparation of products
  • Support Category Managers in the development of merchandising plans that drive increased share and category growth
  • Maintains a high level of store awareness through store visits and communication focused on executive quality
  • Conducts regular store visits to ensure merchandising execution is at the required levels
  • Assesses store merchandising conditions to identify opportunities, develop solutions, and reinforce company and category programs
  • Conduct market research to assess opportunities for growth and maximization of profit
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Chef, Supermarket Service Deli and/or Bakery/Grocery experience preferred
  • Requires outstanding communication skills amongst a strong interpersonal attitude that demonstrates organization, multi-tasking and prioritization
  • Requires experience in Microsoft Suite, with a high-level proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • High degree of creativity and ability to work independently