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Produce Merchandising Manager

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Sysco Grand Rapids , MI 49504

Posted 2 months ago

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Company: Sysco Grand Rapids

Location: US-MI-Grand Rapids

Zip Code: 49512

Minimum Level of Education: High School or Equivalent

Minimum Years of Experience: 5

Position Type: Exempt

Travel Percentage: 0

More information about this job:


At Sysco, we offer our associates the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations. We are looking for talented, hard-working individuals to join our team. Come grow with us and let us show you why good things really do come from Sysco.


In collaboration with the Produce Market Director and Opco Vice President of Merchandising, negotiate, procure, and coordinate the effective distribution of Category 11 products and services to customers through Sysco Broadline Operating Companies. Establish and execute strategy for the produce category to meet or exceed profitable sales and gross profit targets.

Effectively manage OPCO designated service levels. Provide training, product information, regulatory guidance, and customer service to internal and external customers in support of the distribution of products and services.


Managing People

Provides staff with specific feedback on performance related to established goals; highlights key positive and negative performance issues; adjusts plans to ensure development.

Establish with the Produce Market Director and Opco VP of Merchandising impactful (S.M.A.R.T.) fiscal CMP and Bonus Goals aligned with Opco and Corporate targets. Coach and maximize team in reaching these goals.

Planning and Organizing: Must establish courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

Sets high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of assignments or tasks; self imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.

Procurement Replenishment

Maintain appropriate inventory to meet customer demand (Service Level) while maximizing inventory turns and controlling shrink. Manage buyer(s) to effectively execute the above as well.

Support Category Management by providing product assortment and sku rationalization recommendations that are aligned with your customer demand.

Align with and implement a "local" and "sustainable" program where applicable.

Insure OPCO participation and comprehension of sourcing programs.

Meet or exceed appropriate contract compliance.

Exploit effective utilization of PRDC and RDC platforms where appropriate.

Partner with Produce Market Director and Houston sourcing team to enhance programs and assure local market relevance.

Provide timely and effective communication with Sales force including but not limited to market conditions, product quality and availability, new items and applications.

Transportation Management

Responsible for logistics on all inbound products utilizing efficient loading strategy and employing PRDC, consolidation and re- distribution where appropriate. Collaborate with TMS and Optimization teams in capturing all available freight related efficiencies.

Drive effective adoption of Corp logistics strategies.

Sales Merchandising

Drive produce sales opportunities by collaborating with Business Development. Partner with Sales and Marketing management in developing successful sales strategy in growing profitable sales.

Develop and implement innovative, impactful produce marketing/promotional agendas.

Facilitate produce growth by driving MA support through business reviews, customer insight encounters with targeted training and education.

Schedule and manage category sales training of Marketing Associates.

Develop sales strategies utilizing available contract programs and resources.

Quality Assurance

Insure quality integrity of all inbound and outbound Category 11 products. Works closely with Quality Assurance lead(s) and in conjunction with Operations and Transportation Management.

Establish and maintain accountability that all inbound product is inspected thoroughly.

Manage market adherence to GAP/GMP Compliance.

Develop and monitor SOPs insuring that all pick locations are checked daily.

Works with inventory control to manage expiration dating through SWMS reports.

Schedule reoccurring meetings with Operations leadership to insure produce department and operation functions are in sync and collaborate effectively in meeting our customers produce needs.

Fiscal Accountability

Educate stakeholders to a full understanding of the executive summary and TRS sales performance and trending reports.

Collaborate with OPCO VP of Merchandising and Produce Market Director in providing fiscal produce profit plan and narrative for TRS/LLC Sales Growth, Gross Profit margin, Earned income and Brand penetration targets.

Review daily financials and utilize strategic pricing strategies to ensure profitability and sales growth targets are being met or exceeded and profit plan realized.

Manage and direct effective control of product shrink.

Maximize earned income opportunities through increased cases billed through SMS.

Education and / or Experience:

Bachelor degree or equivalent combinations of experience and education in lieu of degree required.

Minimum of 5-7 years produce industry experience required.

Management and Food Service Industry experience preferred.

Professional Skills:

Adaptability: Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting to new work structures, processes.

Customer Focus: Educates customers. Shares information with customers to build their understanding of issues and capabilities. Must be able to provide timely guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas.

Maintains stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure or job ambiguity); handling stress in a way acceptable to others and the organization.

Possess an elevated level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position- related areas; keeping abreast of current developments and trends in area of expertise.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk and use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and telephone to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Working Conditions:

NOTICE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the environment and level of work being performed by this job. This job description in no way states or implies that the duties and responsibilities listed are the only tasks to be performed by the employee in this job. The employeewill be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by his or her supervisor.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job description supersedes prior job descriptions. When duties and responsibilities change and develop the job description will be reviewed and subject to changes of business necessity.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

Sysco is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

This opportunity is available through Sysco Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Nearest Major Market: Grand Rapids

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