Category Merchant II - Perishables Job at Whole Foods Market IP, L.P., Austin, TX

  • Whole Foods Market IP, L.P.
  • Austin, TX

Job Description

Job Description

Whole Foods was founded in 1980 on the belief that where food comes from, and how it's grown, matters. It meant creating quality standards, working with suppliers who achieve them, and sharing that information with our customers. And it radically changed the way people understood and shopped for food. The result has been the highest quality natural and organic products, an unmatched experience in more than 500+ stores, with a passionate team of over 100,000 team members, 5 percent of our total net profits given back to our communities each year, and millions of customers who put their trust in us every day.

This highly visible role will serve as a Merchandising subject matter expert for Store Level Customer Centric Assortment Planning in support of Whole Foods Market's 10-year Growing with Purpose strategy. This subject matter expert will serve as a critical business representative to incorporate a broad range of business needs into industry leading assortment planning capability development as well as further capability development in pricing, promotions, and space planning. This highly cross-functional role will require the Principal Merchant to collaborate with a large group of stakeholders including Worldwide Grocery (Amazon and WFM) Analytics and Product Management teams, Technology, WFM Category Merchant Teams, Merchandising Presentation, Supply Chain, Inventory Planning and Data Operations.

This role will report directly into the Sr. Principal, Store Level Customer Centricity Program Lead as part of the Merchandising Enablement Team. This role will be focused on supporting Perishable categories.

Location: Austin, TX - This role is based in Austin, TX with an expectation of 3 days a week in the Store Support office.

  • Serves as Merchandising subject matter expert (SME) and thought leader to represent business needs across identified categories.
  • Represent Merchandising business needs through Process Design, Tool Development, Tool Testing, and Success Criteria Assessment.
  • Serves as onboarding support SME for initial Category Merchant tool testing efforts.
  • Supports the development, execution, and iteration of the Store Level Customer Centric capabilities and process at Whole Foods Market.
  • Contributes to the strategic roadmap to deliver value through unparalleled and industry leading capabilities.
  • Collaborate with business partners across WFM and Amazon to represent business needs and develop the long-term value creation expansion roadmap.
  • Owns specific capability project completion that ladder up to total program success.
  • Identifies and escalates project risks, opportunities, and contingency plans.
  • Contributes to regular Merchandising leadership and E-Team Business Updates
  • Supports content creation for training and onboarding practices for end users.
  • Serves as a change agent to support end user adoption during training sessions.
  • Serves as a thought-leader within the Merchandising team and broader organization.

  • Proven ability to incorporate merchandising experience and diverse business needs into capability development.
  • Ability to autonomously structure, plan and lead initiatives to successful outcomes that ladder up to project goals.
  • Expertly navigates through ambiguity given a blend of experience, input and intuition.
  • Exceptional change management skills.
  • Applies experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals with a wide degree of creativity.
  • Able to facilitate and/or lead the work of others.
  • Skilled in the implementation and use of various retail software solutions.
  • Advanced to expert skills in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Viewed as subject matter expert and thought leader within category merchant organization.
  • Leverages skill set and exemplary judgment to make independent business decisions and deliver results.
  • Effectively presents to a wide range of audiences (direct reports, TMs, peers, leadership, suppliers), tailoring communication to audience needs.

Education & Experience:
  • BA/BS degree and 6-8 years' relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Category Merchant experience or relevant enterprise support experience.
  • Intermediate experience of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Must have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel and ability to create dynamic reporting.
  • Strong familiarity with merchandising, store operations, distribution, and marketing.

At Whole Foods Market, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all Team Members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.

Whole Foods Market works with job sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, and ZipRecruiter to promote opportunities at our company. Please be aware that other career sites may not be accurate or up to date and may even be fraudulent. We encourage and recommend all candidates to apply via our site.

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