Associate Category Manager

Work Location US-MI-WYOMING
Job ID
Job Category
Marketing/Category Management
Nearest Metro Area
MI-Grand Rapids

Welcome to Gordon Food Service!  We are excited that you are thinking about opportunities with us, and we have an amazing story to share.  


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 Teams 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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Our Associate Category Manager is responsible for driving sales, margin and case growth through a variety of category products, planning and execution of product marketing plans, as well as, gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with sales, sourcing and procurement to deliver on the categories key metrics. The Associate Category manager will work collaboratively with each of the Store Category Managers.


What would this role ask of me?

  • Develops Long Range Strategies for the assigned category to achieve volume and profit targets in support of organizational goals and objectives.
  • Develops and facilitates an annual category plan for the assigned category.
  • Leverages internal and external category data and customer insights to inform decision making.
  • Accountable for assigned categories sales and profitability by managing COGS, margin, product mix, packaging, seasonal product opportunities and item shrink.
  • Manage and negotiate customer support such as marketing dollars, slotting allowances and costs.
  • Provides direction of overall Store product lifecycle management from introduction to discontinuance.
  • Collaborates with the pricing team to achieve margin and sales goals.
  • Partners with marketing, merchandising, supply chain, sales and other relevant areas to drive category performance.
  • Collaborates with suppliers and internal teams to drive the proper assortment in each store and product innovation that support consumer trends and result in category growth.
  • Collaborates with and leverage Suppliers to strategically market product that drive return on investment.


Does this look like you?

  • Minimum of 1 year of previous product, brand, or category management experience.
  • Bachelors degree in Sales, Marketing, or other related field (preferred).
    • Equivalent combination of education, training and/or relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the specified education and experience requirements.

  • Proficient in Google applications (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, etc.) or their Microsoft equivalents.
  • Attention to detail to execute processes accurately.
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills including some public speaking.  
  • Excellent business management skills to oversee the performance of the assigned product categories.  
  • Strong leadership, and relationship building skills to effectively work with all levels of the organization and vendors.  
  • Must have good time management and organizational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be results-oriented and have excellent team skills.

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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