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Merchant, Grocery

Loblaw Companies Ltd - Head Office

This is a Contract position in Brampton, ON posted September 18, 2022.

Referred applicants should not apply directly to this role.

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


1 Presidents Choice Circle, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5S5

Inspired by food? Committed to excellent service? So are we. 
At Loblaw, we are Food Lovers!
We are committed to our Colleagues and Customers and work hard to create a culture that allows us to be our authentic selves while working as a Team. We know that clear communication, collaboration and teamwork is the key to having a successful workplace.  

We're looking for talented colleagues who are excited about providing an exceptional shopping experience for customers and delighting them every step of the way!

Whether you are just starting your career, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a new job, this is where you belong. 

Why is this role important?

Join us as a Merchant in Loblaw’s Market Division to deliver great products and customer programs to more than 400 grocery retail stores across Canada, including Loblaws, Zehrs, Provigo, Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Independent Grocer and Valu Mart. Reporting to the Category Director, you will be part of a diverse and dynamic team that is data-driven, has a passion for customers, and a love for food! If you’re excited by the opportunity to buy and sell for one of Canada’s leading retailers, please consider applying!

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.

COVID-19 is a serious condition and has had a devastating impact on Canadians and others across the globe. As a leading Health and Wellness provider for millions of Canadians, our goal is to help all Canadians “Live Life Well”.   ​ 


In support of this goal, we have adopted a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to protect the health and well-being of our employees as we continue our phased approach of office reopening.   Employees will be required either to be fully vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening in order to access the workplace.  ​ 

At Loblaw, we respect the environment, source products with integrity and make a positive difference in the community. 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.

Employment Type:

Full time

Type of Role:


Loblaw recognizes Canada's diversity as a source of national pride and strength. We have made it a priority to reflect our nation’s evolving diversity in the products we sell, the people we hire, and the culture we create in our organization. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired.   

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.