Location
Corporate Office--9540 San Jose Blvd Jax, FL 32257
Employment Status
Full Time

CATEGORY MANAGER

 

Description:

ABOUT GATE:

Founded in 1960 GATE Petroleum Company is a heavily diversified company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. GATE operated in a variety of industries including retail convenience stores, car washes, fleet and fuel services, real estate, hospitality and construction materials.  GATE’s continued growth and success is directly related to the dedication of its employees and the loyalty of the customers.

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION:

This position is responsible for the procurement of products for both wholesale and retail segments of the company to maximize sales and profits, negotiating with vendors and suppliers, buying and merchandising assigned categories, which include new item selections, items discontinuance, Planogramming and gross margin management. This position will be expected to conduct effective trade relations with suppliers and vendors.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

This position will be measured by:

  • The level of wholesale sales achieved and the profitability of those sales made in concert with our approved trading partners
  • The success of “Special Buys” made and the effect these buys have on store sales and profits
  • The plans to assist the stores in merchandising “special buys” and how those plans are communicated and executed by the stores including display ideas, signage and point of sale material, and the development of contingency plans for “buys” that don’t meet our sales goals
  • Follow through to ensure the “paperwork” on special buys is complete and follows company policy and procedures
  • Spending time with the field supervisors to establish a working relationship, providing help and direction as well as leadership to all field personnel. Goal is to be in the field one day per quarter with each field supervisor in all divisions.
  • Knowledge of store layouts, designs, demographics and limitations of the stores
  • Responsible for promotional pricing of all special buys and the coordination of deliveries, drop shipments and distributions of special buys
  • Contribution to the sales planning process including development of the annual marketing calendar, and regularly scheduled promotional events
  • Effective use of vendor programs that are account-specific for the company and the meaningfulness of those programs
  • Effective trade relations conducted on behalf of the company
  • The timelines and implementation of new and discontinued items at store level
  • Encouraging and building a “Team” perspective throughout the company and in the marketing department to help achieve positive attitudes and good will towards the company and its practices promoting a positive place to work and shop
  • Individual must be willing to work flexible hours as needed during busy times and high profile implementations
  • Travel up to 25%

Requirements:

KNOWLEDGE & SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum two-year degree in a related field preferred
  • Previous buying and merchandising experience, minimum 3-5 years
  • Industry related store experience, leadership/Management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license, no restrictions