Current Opportunities

Category Manager-Protein

Location: Greater Los Angeles, CA
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A leading natural Foodservice broadline distributor located in the Los Angeles, CA area, is seeking a Category Manager for the protein segment of their business.

The Category Manager is responsible for sourcing the best possible product for the best possible price and program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Position procures product and manages incoming transportation
  • Conduct regularly scheduled category reviews
  • Manage all existing programs and oversees the performance of the (protein) buyers
  • Responsible for category sales and gross profit
  • Identifies and discounts specific products that are slow moving, as well as, dispose of the obsolete inventory by returning it to the vendor
  • Negotiate prices for special promotions and programs
  • Manage the overstocked products
  • Manage Rebate Programs and ensure confidential treatment of related information
  • Interact with customer and vendors and answers their questions in a friendly, timely and quality manner
  • Consult with Company personnel regarding customer requests, product specifications, quality and other issues, as necessary
  • Establish new vendor accounts through the necessary functions
  • Respond to sales and customer service requests and inquiries
  • Supervise assigned staff in the performance of their duties, including scheduling, training and development counseling, and performance management
  • Supervise employees such that their duties are performed in a timely and accurate manner
  • Research, create and monitor special orders
  • Manage all files, including purchase order confirmation and computer reports
  • Promote and manage marketing program
  • Conduct vendor/broker meetings

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • 5+ years Category Management/Purchasing experience in the Foodservice Industry
  • 5+ years’ experience in the Protein Industry required
  • Sales experience in the Food and Beverage Industry a plus
  • Knowledge of and relationship with protein manufacturing/suppliers in Southern California market a plus and preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree or related experience
  • Position located in the Greater Los Angeles, CA area

***All applications must be accompanied by a current professional resume!