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Job Title: Vendor Manager

Company: Clark Associates, Inc.

Clark Associates, Inc. is the fastest growing distributor of foodservice, hospitality and janitorial supplies in the country. Products are sold through three channels of distribution, including (e-commerce model), The Restaurant Stores (cash and carry model), and Clark Food Service Equipment (traditional distribution model). The procurement department is responsible for managing the 300,000+ items available to all three distribution channels. In procurement, we work hard to offer the broadest and best assortment of product, the best price and value, and to always be in stock.

We are currently looking for a Vendor Manager to join our Smallwares and Tabletop team. The Smallwares and Tabletop division sources front of house and back of house products for 15 category families including flatware, glassware, catering and buffet, textiles and many more. A Vendor Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining vendor relationships, managing inventory, analyzing market pricing and setting pricing strategies, and negotiating vendor contracts and buying opportunities. As a Vendor Manager you will act as a ‘business owner’ for your vendors and strive to always be increasing sales and gross profit. You will work closely with our Category Managers to stock new items from your vendor’s product offerings and execute marketing plans to grow category families.

The ideal Vendor Manager candidate will be skilled in analyzing data, negotiating, communicating, establishing efficient ways to manage inventory, and problem-solving in a fast-paced, challenging environment. We are looking for a self-starting, confident, intelligent, detail-oriented individuals who want to make an impact in a busy and growing company.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Effectively managing assigned vendor relationships
  • Executing assigned vendors’ marketing
  • Increasing the sales and gross profit of vendors
  • Negotiating vendor contracts and order discounts
  • Setting pricing strategy
  • Efficiently managing product inventory to meet company goals

Job Skills:

  • Generate high quality decisions and take calculated risks based on detailed data analysis
  • Approach workload with an entrepreneurial attitude
  • Negotiate with confidence
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Be flexible for the greater good
  • Prioritize and manage many ongoing projects
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, challenging work environment
  • Computer literate, including Microsoft Office Suite with an emphasis on Excel

No industry knowledge necessary. Compensation includes competitive wages, a health care plan, 401K plan and paid time off. Other job perks include an employee cafe and on-site gym.