Associate Category Manager - Produce in Greensboro, NC at The Fresh Market

Date Posted: 11/19/2019

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Job Description

The Associate Category Manager functions as part of the Produce team to manage schematics, layouts, and sales plans for all produce departments for TFM. Responsibilities include category analysis, SKU rationalization, and product integrations as well as the other items listed below. This position will report to the Senior Category Manager.  

  • Ensure all products meet TFM guidelines
  • Maintain accuracy in regard to the item inventory levels, product freshness, OOS, distributions, secondary vendor relationships and spec adherence to support the store schematics is a function of this position
  • Construct category and department plan-o-grams, as well as training programs & tools
  • Manage secondary and local produce networks by store
  • Local Produce program support
  • Manage specific produce category performance with regards to sales and profit growth
  • Assist with periodic warehouse visits to provide analysis and direction to each vendor
  • Work closely with QA to bring understanding to the guidelines outlined by the Senior CM
  • Assist in the development and communication of the “Best in Class” grower list
  • Ensure proper aging guidelines are established and maintained with each distribution center
  • Conduct and maintain cost analysis on supply chain for all categories with regards to In-bound/Out-bound freight, up-charges, credit cost, and FOB pricing accuracy
  • Create distributions for allocation of product to our stores
  • Reconcile credits with the accounting department
  • Special projects as requested by VP of Merchandising-Produce, Floral, and Gift Center to build or support the Produce department


Experience in produce retail preferred but not required

Strong analytical and computer skills: Word, Excel, Power point, and Micro-Strategy

Thrive in a collaborative work environment

Passion to teach and train others

Strong communication skills both written and oral

Focused attention to detail

Ability to travel on an as-needed basis


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