Category Manager, Stores

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Marketing/Category Management
Nearest Metro Area
MI-Grand Rapids

Gordon Food Service Stores (Retail Division) line our shelves with the most popular food service products to serve any food service operation or event. We’re constantly growing into new communities, and with more than 170 locations in the U.S., we offer a conveniently located, one-stop shopping experience.  Here's a quick glance of who we are and the impact you could have on the food service industry.   Gordon Food Service At a Glance  There's a seat at our table for you..


Come help our Product/Merchandising Team champion a “Customer is King” environment... and see why we set the bar for customer satisfaction in the food service industry! 


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Category managers drives sales, margin and case growth through category product planning and execution of strategic product marketing plans.  With 1,000’s of product in our Grocery Category, prioritizing product and customer requirements while defining the product vision fuels this role to achieve the strategies.  Our desk are large and collaboration with sales will be key, along with strategic sourcing and procurement to deliver on the categories key metrics. It's a broad job, with no two days alike,

but you can expect to:


  • Develop Long Range Strategies for the assigned category to achieve volume and profit targets in support of organizational goals and objectives.
  • Develop and facilitate an annual category plan for the assigned category.
  • Analyze sales reports, market trends, and forecasts, to identify customer segment and category targets.
  • Accountable for assigned categories sales and profitability by managing pricing, margin, product mix, packaging, seasonal product opportunities, and product concerns and complaints.
  • Provide direction of overall GFS Market Store product lifecycle management from introduction to discontinuance.
  • Create, monitor, and adjust effective pricing strategies that align with the GFS Market Store pricing strategy and organizational sales and profit goals and objectives.
  • Develop methodology and process to strategically market products to support the category/marketing Annual Operating Plan.
  • Responsible for collaborating with suppliers and internal teams to drive and enhance product innovation and development that support consumer trends and result in category growth.
  • Develop and evolve a core group of image items that differentiate GFS Market Store from the competition in alignment with consumer trends that result in category growth.


Does this look like you?

  • Bachelor degree in Sales, Marketing or related field preferred.
  • 4+ years of experience in brand, product, or category management, including product life-cycle.
  • Proficient in Google applications (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, etc.) or their Microsoft equivalents.
  • Analytical skills to assess and interpret data related to industry trends, customers needs, and the category.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn assortment planning, and planning, pricing, and reporting systems.
  • Financial acumen to understand and influence pricing, margin performance, and earnings.
  • Fresh thinker with ability to inject creativity and imaginative ideas.
  • Ability to travel occasionally.

Be part of an amazing culture where what matters to you, matters to us!


Gordon Food Service values our customers and understands that their success is largely dependent upon their workforce.  To demonstrate our commitment to our partnership, we will require any candidate who works for a Gordon Food Service customer to provide a letter of support from their management if they are selected for the interview process.  



We take care of each other at Gordon Food Service.  Employees love our competitive benefit plans, which include all the things you would expect and a few that you might not! 
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Gordon Food Service is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants and employees will receive consideration for employment, or in terms or conditions of employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.   The EEO is the Law poster is available here:

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All Gordon Food Service locations are tobacco free.

Gordon Food Service is a drug free workplace and drug tests all employees.  



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