• Senior Category Manager - Private Label

    Job Location US-AZ-Phoenix
    Store Support Staff (Corporate/Field Support)
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  • Overview

    The Senior Private Label Category Manager plans and directs all aspects of private label product development policies, programs, objectives, and initiatives with oversight from the Senior Director of Private Label. This position researches new products, product enhancements, and product redesigns that are consistent in meeting the expectations of Sprouts standards for the department. The Senior Private Label Category Manager analyzes past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. This position selects, orders, and authorizes payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements.

    Essential Functions

    • Helps outline and follow Sprouts standards for all products carried in the department and assures that all in-house recipe and vendor products meet those standards on quality and price.
    • Provides stores with relevant data to make informed decisions about the department and how to maximize profitability.
    • Creates programs with training that maximize sales, margin and minimize spoilage.
    • Establishes and manages inventory processes that ensure accurate accounting.
    • Establishes retail and promotional pricing to meet budgetary goals.
    • Develops and maintains budget, sales, gross margins, and profit goals for department.
    • Reviews all weekly, monthly, and quarterly statements.
    • Develops and communicates easy-to-use weekly merchandising plans and directives for merchandiser and store use.
    • Oversees department marketing plans and ads, including weekly flyer, ROPs, etc.
    • Develops training that enhances and encourages product knowledge growth and development.
    • Keeps the department fresh and appealing to customers by regularly seeking out and commercializing new products to incorporate into the overall product mix.
    • Responds to vendor/customer issues as needed on a timely basis.
    • Oversees the department to ensure the focus is on customer service, Sprouts' vision, profit, and employee development.
    • Maintains awareness of Sprouts marketing strategies and competitive activity.
    • Develops and maintains strong vendor relationships.
    • Supports and acts as a liaison between Sprouts stores and vendors to assure quality products and department standards are being delivered.
    • Supports branded Category Managers by providing insight for proper department layout, schematics, opening orders, programs and training.
    • Coordinates and sources vendor participation for new store openings and resets.
    • Ensures that all federal, state, and company regulations and standards for product freshness, safety, refrigeration, and sanitation are met.
    • Develops strategies that keep Sprouts on the cutting edge of the industry.
    • Determines staffing requirements, and interviews, hires and trains new employees, or oversees those personnel processes.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Physical Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field with a minimum of five (5) years of departmental experience, with experience as merchandiser or manager preferred. Sourcing and Supply Chain or Brand Management experience also preferred.
    • Previous buying/negotiating experience required.
    • Requires long-term strategic and financial planning skills.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
    • Ability to preserve confidentiality of information, communicate with all levels of management and work within strict time frames and resolute deadlines.
    • Complete understanding of P/L statements, general ledgers, and margins.
    • Some travel required.
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
    • Ability to work in ambiguous environment.
    • Previous retail or packaged goods experience preferred, ideally in natural and organic products.


    In addition to a rewarding career, Sprouts offers a comprehensive program to help support you and your family. These programs include:

    • Competitive pay
    • Opportunities for career growth
    • 15% discount for you and one other family member in your household on all purchases made at Sprouts
    • Flexible schedules
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 


    Eligibility requirements may apply for the following benefits:

    • 401(K) Retirement savings plan with a generous company match
    • Affordable benefit coverage, including medical, dental vision
    • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts for healthcare and dependent care
    • Company paid life insurance and short-term disability coverage

    Why Sprouts

    Grow with us!

    If you have a passion for inspiring people and a flair for fresh food, consider applying for a job at Sprouts! With a focus on customer service, our neighborhood grocery stores offer high-quality, farm fresh produce, natural meats, plenty of scoop-your-own bulk goods and much more in a fun, friendly, old-fashioned farmer’s market setting.  Come grow your career in healthy living with a fast-paced, rapidly growing company and teams that pride themselves on empowering others along their journey.





    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Sprouts’ management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.


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