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National Category Manager, Produce

Requisition ID:  171277 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  Merchandising Produce 

Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%

Job Type:  Full-Time


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Québec  

City: Calgary

Location: Calgary Office, Tahoe Office, Bureau de Montréal-Nord, Foord St. Office, King St. Office, Edmonton Office, Vancouver Office - Fraser Street 

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Our family of 134,000 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 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawton’s Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 


All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.

What you bring to the table

Lead Category Coordinators (as applicable)

  • Coach, develop and empower the Category Coordinators;
  • Deliver against KPIs to measure success based on category targets.


Manage category plans

  • Develop Category Plans that support the applicable banner’s strategy with a focus on generating sales and improved category performance relative to the market;
  • Communicate category plans to all applicable stakeholders including leadership, other functional areas and vendor partners;
  • Execute category plans by successfully delivering against the category pricing, promotion, assortment, and merchandising plans that support our strategies and financial requirements;
  • Identify new opportunities from multiple sources including field merchandising, operations, vendor partners, market visits, etc.;
  • Manage for an optimal mix of margin within respective categories;
  • Manage performance targets for categories;
  • Manage category plans for the following banners (as applicable): Sobeys, Foodland, Safeway, IGA (West), Sobeys Urban Express and for select grocery categories in the IGA Extra/IGA and community banners of Quebec.


Manage category performance 

  • Track, be knowledgeable and communicate actual category performance versus budget, target and/or forecast;
  • Oversee action plans to meet forecasted financials.


Manage the execution of merchandising categories

  • Build vendor relationships to enable effective negotiations;
  • Manage the category promotion-pricing strategies and ad planning process, delivering optimal customer value and margin performance for categories;
  • Manage interactions with Quebec and Related Businesses;
  • Build relationships with store operations/franchisees;
  • Build relationships with other functional areas (i.e. Merchandising Support Services, Operations, Finance, Replenishment, Marketing, etc.).



What you have to offer

  • An Undergraduate Degree and a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience;
  • 3 years experience in purchasing, merchandising, retail, manufacturing or a corporate environment;
  • 3 years experience in product development or product innovation (Commissary);
  • Strategic Decision Making experience including analyzing various information resources to make decisions;
  • Ability to translate market trends and customer insights into actual strategies;
  • Strong Negotiation skills;
  • Ability to build relationships with vendors;
  • Be results driven and consider P&L impact;
  • Bilingual in French and English (spoken & written).

Why work at Sobeys?

•    Flexible working hours policy and telecommuting;
•    Company in strong growth;
•    Welcoming and friendly environment;
•    Proximity with senior management and openness to new ideas;
•    Company involved in its community;
•    Inspiring cafeteria and on-site gym;
•    Power your electric vehicle at the office;
•    10% discount at participating IGA, Rachelle Béry and Marchés Tradition stores.

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



While all responses are appreciated only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.


We appreciate the interest from the Staffing industry however respectfully request no calls or unsolicited resumes from Agencies.