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Director Corporate Independent Business Merchandising- Eden Prairie, MN

SUPERVALU INC. - Eden Prairie, MN

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The Corporate

Director has responsibility for establishing the strategic vision of their

merchandising mega-categories and/or departments over a 2 – 3 year time frame

and communicating that vision downward to their team and outward to banner

merchandising.  This includes making

adjustments, as needed, to annual plan(s) to ensure financial targets are

met.  This position also has

responsibility for overseeing the yearly plan and quarter/period/weekly

results.  The Director ensures the

integrity and execution of Center of Excellence (COE) merchandising initiatives

and business development plans. 

Collaborates with banners to ensure business plans that reflect local,

regional and industry knowledge.  Ensures

compliance with all industry, corporate and government regulations.  Responsible for building department platform

and ensuring it supports the company’s platform.  This position also ensures that the tactics

being executed by the Business Development Managers (BDMs) are consistent with

and deliver against strategic and financial objectives.  Resolves conflicts/issues between categories

and/or initiatives.  The Corporate

Director will have 3 – 8 BDMs reporting to them and will manage $2 billion or

more in sales. 


Job Responsibilities and



growth guidelines and financial objectives for yearly plans.  Reconciles growth progress and identifies

where focus should be placed by emphasizing or deemphasizing categories (reconciles

multiple desks together).  Responsible

for strategic, tactical and financial obligations.  Drives our national vendors to long-term

strategic planning (larger scale) to ensure alignment with Strategic Vendor

Partners and garner support (financial, resources) to sustain our strategic

vision.  Reviews, oversees, and approves

Category Business Plans (CBP) submitted by the BDMs.  Develops

overall promo strategy.  Supervises and

ensures that the promo activities maintain local relevance and meets the

go-to-market strategies of the banners. 

Directs the efforts of multiple categories to stay on course with


section sizes and adjacencies in schematic plans.  Creates, develops, and recommends business

cases for capital expenditures (shelving, fixtures, and store layout) to

present to Senior Management.  Approves

pricing recommendations that are going to the banners.Oversees

vendor relations.  Approves national

contracts and presents them to Senior Management for sign off.Leads,

coaches and develops BDMs. Responsible for leading Business Support Specialists

and other members of the merchandising Center of Excellence (COE) in initiatives.  Recruits, interviews, and hires BDMs,

Business Support Managers (BSMs), and Business Support Specialists (BSSs).  Performs annual review process for the

BDMs.  Responsible for succession

planning for entire department (beyond their areas of responsibility).

Job Requirements:


degree preferred Relevant experience required plus 8 or more years of retail

merchandising experience across multiple banners and geographies.  MA or MBA preferred.  Has

an in-depth understanding of store operations and merchandising methodologies

and practices (P&L, financial management, etc). Greater depth of specific

category expertise may be required on a case-by-case basis.Must

have a strong knowledge base in supermarket retail and an understanding of

consumer behavior in relation to product performance; must carry a detailed

understanding of cause-effect relations between operational levers and

performance (assortment/price vs. volume/margins) by utilizing financial,

statistical, merchandising, marketing, and/or consumer research background.  Strong financial background.Proven

ability to work successfully across all areas of the company; can successfully

monitor performance; strong client management skills, particularly working with

vendors; ability to influence and lead effective partnerships with the banners;

can thrive in a complicated matrix environment.Champions

new ideas and initiatives and creates an environment that supports innovation;

leverages fresh perspectives, breakthrough ideas, and new paradigms to create

value in the market.Must

demonstrate ability to negotiate contracts and terms in order to gain maximum

advantage for costs and vendor funding opportunities.  Experience in developing complicated and

national contracts.  Demonstrate

ability to understand and think big picture; delivers category plans and

programs that compliment both the corporate and departmental strategies leading

to strong category sales and profit performance.Excellent

written and verbal communication skills to develop and maintain effective

business relationships within and outside of the company. 

Why Work for Supervalu?   

As one of the

largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the United States, SUPERVALU is

dedicated to feeding our communities by providing innovative, customer-centric

solutions. We deliver on that promise every day through a strong network of

30,000 talented employees who supply the best national brands and our own

high-quality and affordable private label products to thousands of customers,

and millions of consumers, nationwide. With a wide variety of services and

industry leading expertise, SUPERVALU offers you the opportunity to shape the

food industry through every stage of your career.





All qualified applicants

will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,

religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,

disability, protected veteran status.  SUPERVALU is an EO employer –

M/F/Veteran/Disability.  VEVRAA Federal Contractor.



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Director Corporate Independent Business Merchandising- Eden Prairie, MN SUPERVALU INC. - Eden Prairie, MN, United States


Location: Eden Prairie, MN

Company Profile:
SUPERVALU® is a grocery industry leader, serving customers through more than 3,400 owned, licensed, franchised and affiliated stores across the country. Our roots are in supply chain and wholesale distribution; in subsequent years we’ve grown to include traditional and hard discount grocery retail formats. Today we proudly provide millions of customers with the best products on the shelves: national brands and our high-quality and affordable private label products. Superior service, engrained in our culture, sets us apart from the competition and provides the experience our customers expect.