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Assistant Category Manager



Nova Scotia, Canada · Tappahannock, VA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

Requisition ID: 183764
Career Group: Corporate Office Careers
Job Category: Category Merchandising - Grocery
Travel Requirements: 0 - 10%
Job Type: Full-Time

Country: Canada (CA)
Province: Nova Scotia
City: Stellarton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Mississauga, Calgary

Embark on a rewarding career with Sobeys Inc., celebrated among Canada’s Top 100 employers, where your talents contribute to our commitment to excellence and community impact.

Our family of 131,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.

A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1,600 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family.


Sobeys is full of exciting opportunities, and we are always looking for bright new talent to join our team! We currently have an opening for a Assistant Category manager. The purpose of a Position Description is to clarify accountabilities and decision rights, while establishing both behavioral expectations and metrics to ensure individual and team success. Please see Position Description Job Aid for details on how to complete each section.

Key Responsibilities

  • Accountable for the execution of product, placement, pricing and promotion for items within their categories, consistent with each banner strategy
  • Respond to customer needs in their category, and is responsible for developing and executing customer-relevant strategies
  • Review and analyze margins, deals, retail savings, pricing reference article, forecasts, units of measure, cost, pages and sales sets for accuracy
  • Communicate with Replenishment Team with respect to inventory management
  • Review competitive price check and take appropriate action on weekly price change report
  • Assist with the resolution of pricing issues
  • Review vendor submissions and new article listing reports
  • Partner with Replenishment Team on inventory management
  • Develop a deep understanding of designated categories, market trends and consumer behaviors
  • Review Agency Business report daily and review discrepancies with Category Manager
  • Assist in ad creation and ad proofing processes
  • Respond to requests to meet customer needs
  • Identify opportunities and expedite category plans with operational support
  • Review underperforming categories
  • Work with Category Manager in development and management of merchandising programs
  • Work with Category Manager in managing the seasonal process

Skills and Experience Requirements

  • Ability to leverage technology (SAP, Microsoft Office suite, etc.) to review and analyze large volumes of data
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the business (oral and written)
  • Ability to work in a team environment, as well as individually
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Previous experience working in the retail industry; grocery industry preferred

At Sobeys we require our teammates to have the ability to adhere to a hybrid work model that requires your presence at one of our office locations at least three days per week. This requirement is integral to our commitment to team collaboration and the overall success of our office culture.

We offer a comprehensive Total Rewards package, which varies by role and designed to help our teammates to live better – physically, financially and emotionally.

Some websites share our job opportunities and may provide salary estimates without our knowledge. These estimates are based on similar jobs and postings for general comparison, but these numbers are not provided by our organization nor monitored for accuracy.

We will consider factors such as your working location, work experience and skills as well as internal equity, and market conditions to ensure the selected candidate is paid fairly and competitively. We look forward to discussing the specific compensation details relevant to this role with candidates who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process.

Our Total Rewards programs, for full-time teammates, goes well beyond your paycheque:

  • Competitive Benefits Package, tailored to meet your needs, including health and dental coverage, life, short- and long-term disability insurance.
  • Access to Virtual Health Care Platform and Employee and Family Assistance Program.
  • A Retirement and Savings Plan that provides you with the opportunity to build and add value to your savings.
  • A 10% in-store discount at our participating banners and access to a wide range of other discount programs, making your purchases more affordable.
  • Learning and Development Resources to fuel your professional growth.
  • Parental leave top-up
  • Paid Vacation and Days-off

We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.