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Merchant, Centre of Store

Loblaw Companies Ltd - Head Office

This is a Contract position in Brampton, ON posted September 17, 2023.

Referred applicants should not apply directly to this role.

All referred applicants must first be submitted through Workday by a current Loblaw Colleague.

Come make your difference in communities across Canada, where authenticity, trust and making connections is valued – as we shape the future of Canadian retail, together. Our unique position as one of the country's largest employers, coupled with our commitment to positively impact the lives of all Canadians, provides our colleagues a range of opportunities and experiences to help Canadians Live Life Well®.

At Loblaw Companies Limited, we succeed through collaboration and commitment and set a high bar for ourselves and those around us. Whether you are just starting your career, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a new job, this is where you belong.

Join Loblaw Companies Limited as a Merchant in our Discount Division to deliver great products and customer programs to 400 grocery retail stores across Canada, including No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore & Maxi. Reporting to the Category Director, you will be part of a diverse and dynamic team that are data-driven and customer centric with a passion for food! If you’re excited by the opportunity to sell for one of Canada’s leading retailers, apply today!

What You'll Do:

  • Set and achieve goals for the category, working collaboratively with various colleagues in merchandising, operations, control brands, supply chain, loyalty, e-commerce, marketing, media and other divisions.
  • Build trusted relationships with category vendors and external partners.
  • Manage promotional programs from end-to-end, including product selection and forecasting, financial impact analysis, pricing decisions, vendor engagement, flyer and digital content, and evaluate program success.
  • Use data and analytics to build strategic plans that best serve customers, and that achieve intended financial outcomes.
  • Support the Category Director in assortment optimization analysis, planogram design and in-store merchandising strategies, working in coordination with Associate Merchants, Space Planners, and Supply Chain colleagues.
  • Research the competitive landscape of the category and understand industry benchmarking standards on pricing, assortment, merchandising, promotional activity and more.
  • Support the Category Director in managing the financial performance for the category (profit and loss) and competitive health of the category (market share performance.)
  • Lead and assist vendor program meetings and product costing negotiations. Play an active role in managing vendors’ financial performance and product assortment.
  • Evaluate new product and/or platform innovation and work with our control brand team on product innovation and program development for our private labels.

What You'll Need:

  • A curious and entrepreneurial mindset.
  • At least one year’s experience as a merchant/buyer, in retail sales, or merchandising.
  • Post-secondary education or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to innovate, influence others, and collaborate with many diverse teams.
  • Analytical approach and experience using data to make decisions.
  • Financial, business and retail knowledge.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Teams and comfort working with various software platforms.

Our commitment to Sustainability and Social Impact is an essential part of the way we do business, and we focus our attention on areas where we can have the greatest impact. Our approach to sustainability and social impact is based on three pillars – Environment, Sourcing and Community – and we are constantly looking for ways to demonstrate leadership in these important areas. Our CORE Values – Care, Ownership, Respect and Excellence – guide all our decision-making and come to life through our Blue Culture. We offer our colleagues progressive careers, comprehensive training, flexibility, and other competitive benefits – these are some of the many reasons why we are one of Canada’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Canada’s Greenest Employers & Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

If you are unsure whether your experience matches every requirement above, we encourage you to apply anyway. We are looking for varied perspectives which include diverse experiences that we can add to our team.

We have a long-standing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion because we know it will make our company a better place to work and shop. We are committed to creating accessible environments for our colleagues, candidates and customers. Requests for accommodation due to a disability (which may be visible or invisible, temporary or permanent) can be made at any stage of application and employment. We encourage candidates to make their accommodation needs known so that we can provide equitable opportunities.

Please Note:
Candidates who are 18 years or older are required to complete a criminal background check. Details will be provided through the application process.