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Job Title: Category Manager

Company: Clark Associates, Inc.

Clark Associates, Inc. is the fastest growing distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies in the country.  Products are sold through three channels of distribution, including (e-commerce model), The Restaurant Stores (cash & carry model), and Clark Food Service Equipment (traditional dealer model). The procurement department is responsible for managing the 310,000+ items available to those channels.  Our approach to business is how well we can service the customer. 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 Category Manager to join our team in Lancaster, PA. This position focuses on category development, including product sourcing, analyzing global and seasonal trends, researching new developments within a given category, and product pricing. As a Category Manager, you will act as the “business owner” for your category and must have a complete understanding of all variables impacting your business.  You will be responsible for revenue and gross profit within your assigned category and must be able to strategize and arrive at the most profitable decisions.

Before becoming a full Category Manager, a thorough understanding of procurement functions is necessary; the initial training period for this role could last up to 1 year. The ideal candidate will be skilled in analyzing data, managing a changing workload, communicating effectively, establishing creative ways to market items, and problem-solving in a fast paced work environment. 

We are looking for a confident, intelligent, detail-oriented, and responsible individual who wants to create an immediate impact on a busy and growing company.

Job responsibilities:

  • Researching and adding new items within assigned category
  • Defining and executing projects to increase sales and gross profit based on interpretation of data and reports
  • Generating creative and effective ideas for marketing
  • Being attentive to market trends and reacting to those developing trends accordingly to maximize profitability
  • Communicating clearly and effectively about product changes and developments to increase revenue and gross profit
  • Understanding the three distribution channel customers and determine the best selling strategy for each

Job skills:

  • Accurate data reporting and analysis skills
  • Formulate and execute category strategies
  • Strong computer skills; emphasis in Excel
  • Ability to conduct detailed research
  • Prioritization and time management of many ongoing projects
  • Organized in a fast-paced environment
  • Creative and innovative thinker
  • Strong communicator

No prior purchasing experience necessary. Extensive training for success will be provided to the right candidate. We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, a competitive medical/dental insurance package, 401K match, and wellness programs. Employees appreciate using our onsite gym facilities or benefiting from the gym membership reimbursement program.

Our onsite café allows employees the chance to enjoy fresh, healthy meals without leaving the office! Clark Associates often rewards our hardworking employees with fun events and perks to show our appreciation for their dedication and purposeful work towards our company growth — catered holiday meals, bringing in popular food trucks, and team building events are just a few things we do to promote an enjoyable, positive work environment for everyone.

This is not a home based position. You must be able to work out of our office in Lancaster, PA. Please include a cover letter with your application.