Our first store opened on January 2nd, 1980 in Anaheim CA and since then we have grown to 40 stores in three counties: Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego. We offer our customers a full service supermarket with a large meat department, bakery, tortilleria and prepared foods in addition to a sizeable section of domestic and imported Latin American grocery goods to provide a Mexican homeland experience. We are always looking for great people to join as a member of the Northgate Family. We look for enthusiastic people with the potential and desire to grow with us. We strive to create a great work environment that is positive and fun; where people have meaningful work, where individuals have a sense of belonging and feel appreciated, valued and secure. If you are passionate about food, are customer focused, team oriented, and want to be a part of our family, we invite you to apply! We offer opportunities for growth, 10% discount for you and one other family member in your household for most purchases made at Northgate and flexible schedules. To learn more, please visit www.northgatemarkets.com.
JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Field Merchandising is responsible for driving the implementation of best practices and achieving consistency among stores for the 5P's - Product, Pricing, Promotion, Placement and Procurement for the total store in order to maximize the customer experience, sales, margin and help ensure that our stores meet their targeted projections and goals. This position will take guidance, direction and input from the Sales Leaders and will implement and manage plans through collaboration with a well-trained and developed team as well as through a strong partnership with the Operations team.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Is the strategic owner of key initiatives and works through the sales and ops leaders to ensure buy-in and complete and timely execution. Examples: Store Merchandising Walks & Plans, Holiday Executions, Merchandising Vision & Training, Focus Store improvement, Remodels & New Stores.
Plays a lead role with Operations to ensure bi-lateral support.
Assumes the lead role in developing best practices, simplified and more effective communications to the stores.
Owns the development and implementation of our Merchandising Vision and Strategy across all departments.
Owns the development and implementation of any training programs facilitated by the Merchandisers.
Provides key input for Merchandiser/Training annual reviews.
Provides consistency, unified communication and simplification for projects that impact all/most departments in the stores.
Through collaborative work and influence, guides the team of professional field merchandisers who can impact, train, manage and implement programs within all areas of the store.
Ensures that the execution of our merchandising strategies takes form in the store in a fashion that is customer friendly, while maintaining maximum sales and profit potential.
Through coordination with Sales and Ops leaders, guides the team to quickly deploy, implement, train, guide, inspect and report on key programs and initiatives.
Acts as a store representative and an expert in merchandising tactics as programs are being developed.
Collaboratively schedules team coverage to ensure complete coverage of stores and departments.
Takes actions that ensures the Field Teams are current on the needs and expectations of the organization both at Store Level and at the Sales Department level.
Assures stores meet sales, expenses, gross and net profit objectives while monitoring implementation of corporate merchandising programs and operational standards.
Assists with communication between store support/corporate and store staff and shares goals and objectives.
Clearly communicates and enforces standards for quality, customer service, safety, loss prevention, store conditions and food safety to the department and the store. Works with all levels of management in design and implementation of strategies for compliance and actively works with store personnel in the promotion of safety and achieving a ZERO accident safety culture.
Assess talent within the store levels and their own department and recommends ways to acquire and train individuals in department to elevate to other positions (Store Director).
Reviews store level sales volume, budgets, expenses and profit plans and develops improvement/action plans and programs with the Store Director, Department Sales Directors and District Manager to achieve objectives.
Maintains current knowledge of market conditions and competitive pricing through periodic reviews of competition.
Understands and comprehends all financial reports needed to manage the business.
Reviews programs prepared by Department Directors, recommends adjustments to meet local conditions and works with Store Directors and team on action plans to implement.
Assist/develop special ad events, corporate wide and store specific with knowledge of ad profitability and effect on department sales and gross margins.
Meets with Operations leadership regularly, and reports on opportunities for joint improvement.
Sets the example of the desired culture, values and philosophies of the organization.
REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS:
High School diploma required with Bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent experience plus 5-10+ years of product knowledge to include product origin, handling and presentation options, in a retail environment, with increasing levels of responsibility.
Working knowledge of department and experience managing multiple departments, either perishables or center store
Excellent written and communication skills demonstrated in previous positions.
High level of analytical skills and organization skills with good computer skills and experience using Excel and PLU system.
Ability to coach, mentor, train and develop others; lead change and innovation; execute with excellence and provide clear strategic direction.
Must have valid California Driver's License and ability/own transportation to travel within district
Flexible Schedule to work any day and any shift.
Food Safety Certification required.
Fork Lift Certification required
2 hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training required
Physical Demands and Work Conditions
The physical demands and work conditions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Some requirements may be modified to accommodate individuals with disabilities:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and use the hands to handle, finger, or feel objects, tools or controls.
The employee must occasionally exert or lift up to 70 pounds.
Successful performance requires specific vision abilities that include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The job requires the ability to travel.
The atmospheric environment may occasionally contain airborne particles of flour, spices, and other finely powdered ingredients and frequent aromatic odors.
Typically, the noise level in the work environment is moderate.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER NOTICE
The job duties, elements, responsibilities, skills, functions, experience, educational factors, and the requirements and conditions listed in this job description are representative only and not exhaustive of the tasks that an employee may be required to perform. The Employer reserves the right to revise this job description at any time and to require employees to perform other tasks as circumstances or conditions of its business or the work environment change.
Northgate Markets is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Your Right to Work In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
Northgate Markets will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Ban the Box Law).