285 Sand Island Access Rd, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA Req #396
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Position Summary Description:

Responsible for all product acquisition, merchandising, rationalization efforts, and marketing plans and functions for his/her product category and assigned vendors and ensuring we are growing the category within our customer base.

The areas are:

  • Center of Plate/Protein/JIT
  • Seafood
  • Dairy/Cheese
  • Grocery/Frozen Foods
  • Non-Foods

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Product Life Cycle Management

  • Work in support/unison of maximizing opportunities to convert IMA E-Brand items to include like items for additional conversion and SKU rationalization.
  • Monitoring of commodity items for recommendation to buy-in in anticipation of price increase and/or supply availability.
  • Responsible for negotiating the lowest possible landed cost, cash discounts, price deviations, freight savings and local marketing income.
  • Responsible to manage for depletion any dormant/discontinued items with minimal financial impact to company.
  • Responsible for reviewing new, primary, and consolidating existing items/vendors within assigned categories.

Merchandising and Marketing

  • Responsible for sales growth, customer trends, food safety, and product knowledge expertise within assigned categories.
  • Responsible for merchandising the assigned categories at food shows, sales meetings, and individual customer presentations. 
  • Responsible for product education and providing information for customers and salespeople.
  • Responsible for communicating item/vendor changes to salespeople and directly affected customers.
  • Responsible for providing material for monthly customer marketing, promotions, including coupons, deals, line changes, etc. for assigned categories.
  • Responsible for guiding the vendor show displays at all customer facing events to ensure the best experience possible.


  • Responsible for working with the account managers and key customers directly to select and promote items/vendors within assigned categories.
  • Responsible for negotiating contracts, bids, rebates etc. for high volume items for individual customers.
  • Responsible for working with the account managers and directly with new customers to determine correct price/value selections, in assigned categories, with new primary supply accounts.
  • Responsible for sample management.

As a Global Category Manager, you are tasked to support and assist in the training of account managers, buyers, info central sales support representatives as well as your fellow category manager colleagues.

  • Position may have supervisory responsibilities depending on the product category.

Education/Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Business Administration, or related field.
  • At minimum, 5 years of progressive purchasing experience.  Food service experience highly preferred.
  • Must possess a high level of verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to communicate with internal and external associates in an effective, professional and persuasive manner.
  • Ability to be organized, multi-tasked, and be very flexible with changing priorities.
  • Uses common sense in problem solving and decision-making.
  • Must have excellent judgment in all matters related to this position.
  • Knowledge and experience in Center of Plate/Protein/JIT as pre-requisite.

We are a Drug-Free Workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • 285 Sand Island Access Rd, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA