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Sr. Manager Category Optimization | Merchandiser

Apply Now Job ID: BRA000CQP Date posted: 12/21/2018 Location: 0501 - HQ MN Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota


As a Sr. Manager F&B Category Optimization you will provide support and guidance related to Produce Visual Adjacency in Stores, aligned to the Food & Beverage strategy. Through strong relationship with HQ and Store teams, this person will act as an on the ground liaison to ensure Store teams the ability to present productive Fresh Produce displays which meet Visual Adjacency standards and best practices, while also accounting for market/region differentiation in product assortment, availability and promotions.


  • Directly leads team of F&B Mangers, Category Optimization. Oversees and directs team priorities in service to the Produce Visual Adjacency strategy

  • Solicits input from direct report team and key partners to build and deliver recommendations to Merchandising Food & Beverage leaders in service to the Produce Visual Adjacency strategy and building of best practices

  • Segmentation – Assesses, informs and makes recommednaitons to partners on improving segmentation strategies

  • Builds strong relationships with Store teams to ensure category optimization though fresh Produce displays. Influences field partners, when necessary, to align with larger Food & Beverage strategy

  • Evaluates input and feedback directly from field leaders regarding challenges with fresh Produce displays and visual adjacencies. Forms an assessment of Produce display challenges, by store type or region having the right items and the right space allocation.

  • Assesses opportunities related to shrink and sales (smart B management) and shares back with Merchandising buyers to drive and impact financial goals and metrics

  • Regularly travels to assigned markets to collaborate with Stores teams as well as visit competitors to gain further insights on local markets, alongside store teams and F&B field teams when available

  • Provides recommendations and acts as a liaison to HQ partners related to opportunities for Produce adjacency improvements.Assesses Competitors to gain insights on strategies and activity in the market.

  • Special projects as assigned related to Produce display initiatives

Key Partners

  • Reports to Sr. Director Produce & Floral Ops

  • Produce Buying team

  • Sr. Food & Beverage Directors

  • Food & Beverage Directors, Store Team Leaders, Food ETLs, Food & Beverage Coordinators and F&B Store Operations teams at HQ


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • 8 + years’ experience in Grocery related business, fresh grocery experience preferred

  • Strong understanding of the Food & Beverage industry and direction needed for Target

  • Previous experience directly leading others

  • Strong ability to problem solve
  • Ability to lead and manage through ambiguity
  • Proven collaboration skills with multiple partners
  • Ability to synthesize information and provide sound recommendations to senior leaders
  • Ability to influence at various levels and across the organization
  • Understanding of Merchandising objectives and financial goals
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time

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