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Category Assistant - Food

Winnipeg, MB · Retail
In your role as a Category Assistant at The North West Company (NWC); you will be responsible to assist the Category Manager with the day-to-day tasks of managing the category.  You will compile data and reports required to monitor the Category performance, maintain vendor directory, investigate and respond to Stores and Category teams inquires regarding the category; and provide support for all category promotional activities. 

Joining NWC gives you the opportunity for development throughout the company, a competitive salary and benefits package, and to be part of a dynamic and diverse culture. 

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighborhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out northwest.ca for more information.

Your Role:
  • Coordinates the data and information required for item and verifies list is accurate.
  • Coordinates Category calendar and vendor meetings.
  • Validates vendor submissions and submits to the Data Management team for processing.
  • Responds to questions from the Data Management teams to ensure complete and accurate item setup.
  • Sends communications to stores about item updates.
  • Submits necessary category updates for communication.
  • Responds to Store Connect tickets assigned to the Category Team, ensuring the resolution of store issues, and escalating when necessary to ensure a satisfactory conclusion for all tickets.
  • Compiles data and draft reports and presentations for Category Manger approval.
  • Supports the Category Manger in the monitoring of promotional planning and planogram reviews.
  • Performs the administration related to Category promotional activities.
  • Conducts analyses as requested by the Category Manager for weekly, monthly, and quarterly variance reports.
  • Reviews and monitors reporting as required and takes necessary actions or escalates as needed.
Desired Skills & Experience:
  • Previous experience working in an office support and/or in an administrative assistant role is required.
  • Post-secondary education in business or related field or a College diploma is an asset.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, with a focus on: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Must have demonstrated good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills are required
  • Must be detail conscious and demonstrate a high level of accuracy. 
Location:  Gibraltar House, 77 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB
Reports To:  Category Manager

We create a collaborative and constructive culture by:
  • Being Enterprising • Committing to our Customer • Working with Passion • Leading and Developing Others • Demonstrating Respect and Inclusivity • Building Trust
The North West Company is committed to inclusion and diversity and encourages applications from all candidates including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, and persons with disabilities.

A competitive salary is being offered along with opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

This is an active job opening for a position that is currently available and we are actively seeking to fill.

For Internal Applicants only:

Salary Grade: 

NOTE: Prior to applying, an internal employee MUST obtain a written endorsement email from their current Manager or Manager – once – removed and provide this to the recruitment team before they can be considered for opportunities. This position adheres to the Corporate Job Posting Guidelines.

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