Portland, Oregon

Company Name: Kroger General Office
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Work closely with buyers to create category financial plans. Plan, forecast and coordinate each division's weekly, period and annual sales for general merchandise (GM); ensure profit budget is consistent with corporate/division goals. Perform analyses; recommend actionable steps to improve/enhance category performance. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Create/manage financial plans by period, including sales, markdowns, gross margin and turnover at sub-class level for department store formats and class level for other formats
  • Create/manage assortment plans; perform product allocation for department, marketplace and food stores
  • Provide analysis based on quantitative/qualitative sources to drive enterprise sales, margin and inventory strategies
  • Support advertising/display plans and optimization of on-floor presentations and turnover
  • Re-forecast in-season sales, margin and turnover based on current trends/market dynamics; recommend actions to address improvement opportunities
  • Reconcile department store open-to-buy; communicate status to key stakeholders
  • Analyze seasonal/fashion categories; recommend courses of action; create a strategy for the following season
  • Facilitate team meetings; provide timely communications to the planning team regarding process strategies Work closely with Replenishment team to manage store/warehouse inventory
  • Create/manage sales markdown reports/forecasts for department stores
  • Determine plan-o-gram minimums by utilizing store volume and with input from GM/divisional merchandise managers, buyers and replenishment analysts; communicate results to vendors
  • Conduct enterprise-wide store tours
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends, the competitive landscape across enterprise and regional needs
  • Analyze results of promotions/markdowns; make recommendations to support business goals
  • Ensure new/remodeled stores are planned correctly and inventory is allocated to maximize sales
  • Travel to markets and for vendor appointments
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field plus two years of combined assistant buyer and assistant planner experience or a combination of relevant education/experience
  • Ability to complete tasks with a high level of accuracy and a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to organize/prioritize tasks/projects
  • Familiar with retail industry technical terms/processes
  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced retail/office environment
  • Highly motivated/self-directed
  • Low complexity in terms of item difficulty, promo intensity, regionality, category innovation, vendor difficulty, sales/EBITA and growth goals (Lvl 9)
  • Moderate complexity in terms of item difficulty, promo intensity, regionality, category innovation, vendor difficulty, sales/EBITA and growth goals (Lvl 10)
  • High complexity in terms of item difficulty, promo intensity, regionality, category innovation, vendor difficulty, sales/EBITA and growth goals (Lvl 11)

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • Computer systems knowledge
  • Familiarity with financial systems
  • Experience directing/participating on project teams


Education Level: Bachelor's Desired
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time
 Regions: West

States: Oregon


Jobs at Kroger: At Kroger, we hire people who have a passion for helping others and who want to build a relationship with our Customers. No matter what stage of your career, you can build your future at Kroger. We look for people who want more, aspire to be more and work hard to achieve their goals. Our focus on keeping the Customer first is what makes us successful. As the largest traditional grocery chain in the U.S. and one of the world's largest retailers, we employee more nearly half a million Associates across 35 states. We offer many opportunities not only in our stores, but in Manufacturing, Logistics, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and many other fields.


Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

 Posting Notes:  OR || Portland || 3800 S.E. 22Nd Ave. || 97202 || Kroger General Office || [[mfield2]] || General Merchandise || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Portland, Oregon

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) is one of the world's largest grocery retailers, with fiscal 2012 sales of $96.8 billion. The Kroger Co. Family of Stores spans many states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, discount, convenience stores and jewelry stores. We operate under nearly two dozen banners, all of which share the same belief in building strong local ties and brand loyalty with our customers.

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