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Sysco Regional Category Manager in Lakeside, Nova Scotia

Regional Category Manager

Reports To

Director, Merchandising


Halifax, NS or Moncton, NB


Salaried, Full Time

Closing Date

July 19, 2024

Company Overview

Sysco connects the world to share food and care for one another. Sysco leads from the heart of food and service to deliver the freshest of foods and ideas to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Our customers can count on us to deliver on-point products and solutions since only Sysco is the global leader, sitting at the heart of innovation supply, delivery, culinary and more.

With over 57,000 colleagues and a fleet of over 13,000 vehicles, Sysco operates approximately 326 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 625,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2022 that ended July 2, 2022, the company generated sales of more than $68 billion USD.

Sysco, one of Canada’s Best Employers 2023, as listed by Forbes, is dedicated to our global corporate social responsibility goals and to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We offer our colleagues the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations.

Sysco is more than just a place to work. Our passion for food and our customers has made us the industry leader. To remain on top, we will continue to think bigger, work harder and never give up. Are you ready to drive success?

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This position owns the market share growth, sales and profitability performance of assigned product categories, vendors and Stock Keeping Units (SKU’s) through analysis and collaboration with sales and marketing teams.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Influences sales decisions toward profitable items (Sysco brand, Sourced, etc.)

  • Provides product intelligence to sales.

  • Owns the product education and training plan for their categories.

  • Facilitates in General Sales Meeting’s (GSM’s) to support category growth aligned with corporate and regional direction.

  • Collaborates with marketing on regional category promotions.

  • Works with Business Resources team on customer facing opportunities.

  • Uses market intelligence to create relevant sales quotations.

  • Decision maker for the local product assortment

  • Rationalizes SKU’s to optimize warehouse needs.

  • Executes corporate strategies to drive PGM Growth

  • Supports procurement in aged/overstock/deadstock.

  • Resolves local vendor discrepancies and conflicts.

  • Negotiates local program agreements.

  • Facilitates local item and vendor setups and costing.

  • Complies with Sysco’s Food Safety Policy and procedures to ensure food safety, quality and legality requirements are met.

  • Is willing to work safely with minimal environmental impact and understands the importance of reporting all hazards, incidents, and environmental spills immediately to their supervisor.

  • Understands that they play an integral role in their own safety and that of their colleagues and is willing to speak out when hazards are present.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Skills/Job Requirements (About you):

  • Fluency in English & French is required

  • Minimum 1 year of merchandising/category management or marketing experience.

  • Experience in retail or foodservice sales is an asset.

  • Post secondary education in related field preferred, equivalent work experience will be considered.

  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook

  • Ability to foster strong relationships with vendors, internal departments to drive sales, resolve issues and create a competitive advantage.

  • Strong negotiation, organizational, decision making and presentation skills.

  • High degree of integrity and accountability; handles significant amount of proprietary information and process. Trust is essential.

  • Ability to maintain stable performance under pressure or opposition, i.e. conflicts/ambiguity and during negotiations.

  • Must have solid understanding of products within their category as it pertains to features & benefits, advantages, category trends, and Vendors associated with their category.

  • Valid driver’s license in good standing with access to a vehicle is required as there may be some ad-hoc travel.

Internal candidates apply via the Career Centre on your HR Portal / ADP Workforce Now.

External candidates submit cover letter & resume via

Our Purpose:

Connecting the world to share food and care for one another

Our Mission:

Delivering success for our customers through industry-leading people, products and solutions

Our Identity:

Together we define our future of foodservice and supply chain

Sysco is committed to Employment Equity. Accommodations during the recruitment process are available upon request for candidates with disabilities.

Here’s a sample of the many benefits Sysco colleagues enjoy:

Comprehensive Flexible Benefits including Health and Dental, Health Care Spending and Wellness Accounts • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability • Life Insurance • Voluntary Optional Insurance • Parental Leave Plan • Company Pension Plan • Group RRSP & TFSA • Employee and Family Assistance • Stock Purchase Plan • Maple Virtual Care • Unlimited on-line learning • Sysco product discounts • Preferred vendor discounts • Colleague Resource Groups

(*benefits may vary based on location or bargaining unit)