Assistant Category Manager, Wholesale

Job Description

Assistant Category Manager, Wholesale

Requisition ID:  181198

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  Wholesale Merchandising 

Travel Requirements:  0 – 10%

Job Type:  Full-Time


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Québec; Alberta; Nova Scotia; Ontario  

City: Montréal-Nord, Calgary, Stellarton, Mississauga

Location: Calgary Office, Bureau de Montréal-Nord, Foord St. Office, Tahoe Office 

Postal Code:  


Our family of 131,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.


A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1,600 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family.



Ready to Make an impact?

Sobeys is full of exciting opportunities, and we are always looking for passionate new talent to join our team! Our Sobeys Wholesale teammates are currently looking for an Assistant Category Manager to support our growing national wholesale business. Sobeys Wholesale is the largest and most successful retail driven full service Food Wholesaler in Canada offering the following categories: grocery, dairy, meat, produce, deli, bakery and more! If you have experience supporting category plans/budget, have an eye for details (article listing), and enjoying supporting smaller businesses through Sobeys best practices then this role is for you.

Here’s where you’ll be focusing:

  • Develop a deep understanding of designated categories, market trends and consumer behaviors;
  • Accountable for the product, placement, pricing and promotion for items within their categories, consistent with each banner strategy
  • Respond to customer needs in their category, and is responsible for developing and executing customer-relevant strategies;
  • Review and analyze margins, deals, retail savings, pricing reference article, forecasts, units of measure, cost, pages and sales sets for accuracy;
  • Communicate with Replenishment Team with respect to inventory management;
  • Assist with the resolution of pricing issues;
  • Review vendor submissions and new article listing reports;
  • Assist in ad creation and ad proofing processes;
  • Respond to requests to meet customer needs;
  • Review underperforming categories;
  • Work with Category Manager in development and management of merchandising programs;
  • Work with Category Manager in managing the seasonal process;
  • Work with Wholesale Sales Team in supporting key reporting to support their clients;
  • Partner with Replenishment Team on inventory management.

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What you have to offer:

  • Previous experience working in the retail industry; grocery industry preferred;
  • Fully Bilingual in English/French is a must as the candidate will be expected to work with peers in other provinces in the expansion, development and implementation of tools and processes across Canada, as well as provide support to Sobeys employees across Canada.
  • Ability to leverage technology (SAP, SalesForce and other) to review and analyze large volumes of data;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the business (oral & written);
  • Ability to work in a team environment;
  • Ability to negotiate and influence others;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with mastery of Excel platform.
  • Detail-oriented and able to work in a fast pace and deadline-driven environment.
  • Be autonomous and work in a different office than rest of the team
  • Ability to collaborate with various teams

Why work at Sobeys?

  • Flexible hours and teleworking policy;
  • Welcoming and friendly environment;
  • Possibility of advancement;
  • Company involved in its community;
  • Education and professional development policy;
  • Employee discounts at our merchants via the Scène card;

We offer teammates competitive total compensation packages that will vary by role and location. Some websites share our job opportunities and may provide salary estimates without our knowledge. These estimates are based on similar jobs and postings for general comparison, but these numbers are not provided by or monitored for accuracy by our organization. We look forward to discussing the specific compensation details relevant to this role with candidates who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process.

Sobeys is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.


While all responses are appreciated only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.

We appreciate the interest from the Staffing industry however respectfully request no calls or unsolicited resumes from Agencies.