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Job Title: Category Analyst

Company: Clark Associates, Inc.

Clark Associates is the largest food service equipment and supplies dealer in the country and has been recognized as one of Central Pennsylvania’s fastest growing companies! We credit our success to hiring only the very best talent and keeping a strong focus on company culture, and employee engagement and development. People are at the core of everything we do. If you’re looking for a career, and not just a job, Clark Associates is the right fit for you.

Job Description

As a Category Analyst you will be an integral part of the procurement team. A Category Analyst is responsible for monitoring and reporting category growth and trends, and researching pricing and product line assortment for their category. While a Category Analyst will be an out of the box thinker, they must also be able to effectively compile their data findings and be comfortable presenting their ideas to stakeholders of their category. Candidates should be confident, creative and desire to make an immediate impact on a busy and growing company.

What We Offer

  • Nationally-recognized, growing company with strong core values and company culture
  • Market-competitive compensation package and yearly performance bonus
  • Great benefits package including health, dental & vision insurance, 401k with company match, generous PTO, paid maternity and parental leave and more
  • Support for career growth and advancement including professional development and leadership courses, ongoing education and trainings, mentorships, company library and more
  • Flexible hours and ability to work from home
  • Work-life balance and wellness focused employer with on-site fitness Center and local gym discounts, free strength and yoga classes, standing desks, yearly BMI bonus and more
  • Thoughtful community support through the Clark Associates Charitable Foundation that donates over $3M to the local community annually, time off for monthly volunteer opportunities, charitable gifts to organizations you care about
  • Dog-friendly Office

Job Responsibilities

  • Working with the Category Manager to research and add new items within assigned category
  • Collaborating with marketing teams to promote product lines creatively and effectively
  • Researching and strategizing growing market trends to maximize profitability
  • Executing enhancements to improve website effectiveness and shop-ability
  • Monitoring and reporting category sales growth
  • Creating and executing projects to increase sales and gross profit
  • Executing product comparisons and analyzing results
  • Product testing to ensure quality and consistency

Skills & Requirements

  • Strong communicator
  • Creative and innovative thinker
  • Accurate data reporting and analysis skills
  • Confident and persuasive
  • Can prioritize and manage many ongoing projects
  • Organized and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong computer skills; emphasis in Excel

About the Procurement Department

  • Clark Associates’ Procurement Department is responsible for purchasing all product sold through our 3 main channels of distribution - WebstaurantStore.com, The Restaurant Stores, and our specialty channels, Clark National Accounts, Hometown Provisions, Clark Food Service Equipment and 11400, Inc. This includes 340k+ items, 67k+ stocked items and 1200+ vendors. In 2020, we did $1.9B in sales. We work hard to offer the broadest and best assortment of product, the best price and value, and to always be in stock.
  • Click here to hear first-hand from Procurement’s leadership about our department’s history, guiding principles and excitement for continued future growth.

Hiring Process

  • If your application matches the qualities we’re looking for in an employee, you will receive a request for a phone interview
  • Following the phone interview, you may be invited to an in-person interview with 2 or more of our Procurement Managers
  • Following the in-person interview, you may be invited back for a team shadowing and then a final decision will be made


This position is located at our headquarters in Lancaster, PA. Please include a cover letter with your application.