Assistant Category Manager

Requisition ID:  183792 
Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 
Job Category:  E-commerce Merchandising 
Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%
Job Type:  Full-Time
Country: Canada (CA) 
Province: Ontario; Alberta; Nova Scotia  
City: Calgary, Toronto, Mississauga, Stellarton, Winnipeg
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. 



We are looking for an Assistant Category Manager who will play a crucial role in managing and maintaining the accuracy of our promotional planning system data, ensuring seamless coordination with the Category Manager as well as e-commerce and national partners, and providing essential support across various categories. You must be able to leverage technology (i.e., SAP) to review and analyze large volumes of data, and effectively communicate with all levels of the business as well as negotiate and influence others.

Key Responsibilities


  • Manage and maintain accuracy of promotional planning system data, including SKUs and vendor listings, per Category Manager directives.
  • Respond promptly to vendor-initiated changes within the cost and deal system.
  • Coordinate with Marketing to assist in ad creation and proofing.
  • Address and resolve retail pricing issues.
  • Validate and report discrepancies in listing forms and delisting reports.
  • Provide technical support and communication to vendors.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for internal and external partners, addressing various issues.
  • Support various responsibilities such as seasonal program development and recipe creation.
  • Offer ad hoc analytical support across categories as requested by Category Manager or Category Portfolio Manager. 
  • Assist in preparation of tools and communication for retailers as needed, and act as fill-in for Category Manager when necessary.

Skills and Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree combined with a minimum of 2 years' experience in category management or related field.
  • Experience in data analysis, with a strong ability to interpret and leverage large volumes of data.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience with SAP or similar systems.
  • Grocery or e-commerce experience is 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.