This position reports to the Senior Product Manager and assists the product management team in transitioning strategic sourcing vendor changes and completing research and necessary analysis for the strategic sourcing RFP process. Must have strong leadership and interpersonal skills, communication skills both oral and written, and strong analytical skills.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Manages all component of strategic sourcing vendor transitions including but not limited to (vendor communications, inventory and packaging tracking, category manager and replenishment buyer coordination, requisite forms and paperwork, etc).
Develops detailed timelines and tracking mechanisms to ensure all deadlines are met for seamless vendor and item transitions.
Prepares and coordinates research and RFP preparation documents needed for strategic sourcing process.
Works closely with Product Manager team with regards to all strategic sourcing RFP preparation.
Work with Quality Assurance department and Product Manager team to ensure private label specifications are accurate and up to date prior to all strategic sourcing RFP’s.
Work closely with PL Marketing Department on packaging development transitions as it relates to any strategic sourcing vendor changes.
Works with Quality Assurance to track, monitor, and ensure compliance with SmartTrack item specification tool. Communicates with all private label supplies as necessary to ensure compliance with this program.
Ability to analyze external and internal data, interpret and make decisions and recommendations to management based off data.
Candidates must possess the following skills:
Strong negotiation skills
Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook and possess a general ability to adapt to new software.
Must be able to develop, manipulate, format and share spreadsheets for purposes of analysis.
Knowledge of Access or a similar relational database is desirable.
Bachelor's degree (B. A or B.S.) from a 4 year college or university; two years relevant experience; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, where the Company began over 145 years ago, Smart & Final Stores, Inc. operates more than 300 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Utah, with an additional 15 stores in Northern Mexico operated through a joint venture.
For years, Smart & Final banner stores were known as the “smaller, faster warehouse store,” primarily focused on providing customers with club-size items. Throughout its evolution, it has remained committed to adapting to the changing needs of the neighborhoods it serves, most notably through its 2008 introduction of Smart & Final Extra! stores. Uniquely positioned to offer time- and money-savings for both household and business customers, Smart & Final Extra! stores include expanded fresh and frozen products, organic and natural products, bulk foods, oven-roasted chicken and many other items sold in convenient sizes. In addition, all Smart & Final stores continue to offer 50% more club-size items than a traditional club store, with no membership fee required.
While Smart & Final stores target both households and businesses, Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice stores are primarily focused on serving foodservice professionals; operators of small restaurants, catering companies, businesses, and nonprofits. It also provides household customers with a high quality and value option for stocking-up their kitchens and preparing for holidays, parties and events.