General Merchandising Trainee

  • Kroger
  • US - OR - Portland
  • 1 week ago

Company Name: Kroger

Location: Portland, OR, US - 97202

Job Duration: 2021-05-04 to 2021-06-03


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

Position Summary:

Work directly with the buyer to execute day-to-day category management activities. Collaborate on assortment selection, promotional/advertising plans, and the overall vision to achieve sales, inventory and margin budgets. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Collaborate with the buyer in the execution of sales, inventory and margin plans
  • Assist the buyer in executing the overall vision for the category (e.g., assortment, pricing, merchandising, advertising/promotion, receipt flow, and margin)
  • Complete detailed analysis to determine assortment selection and changes for the enterprise
  • Accumulate vendor product information and costs for assortment selection
  • Oversee item setup processes and review/confirm details before submitting
  • Assist the buyer and corporate pricing analyst with competitive price checks for the enterprise and maintain pricing strategy database
  • Determine point of sale (POS) and temporary price reduction (TPR) pricing, clearance and markdown needs and partner with the buyer/planner to get them executed
  • Manage the advertising and promotional process for the category using line lists, Ad Space Allocation (ASA), Event Sales Planning (ESP), display plans, etc.
  • Coordinate with vendors to obtain merchandise samples for review, e-commerce and advertising
  • Evaluate and make vendor return decisions on salvaged merchandise
  • Process Form 11 vendor allowances when approved
  • Confirm trade point and contracts with the administrative support personnel (ASP) before they are created
  • Manage purchase orders and receiving via the on order log, follow up with vendors and communicate any concerns to the entire team (e.g., buyer, planner, replenishment buyer, and assistant planner)
  • Research and find solutions for any receiving problems by working with warehouses and/or logistics
  • Assist buyer with additional special projects
  • Travel for vendor visits and negotiations
  • Oversee a sub-set of the buyer’s total categories
  • Locate and select assortments for the enterprise and manage vendor relationships to maximize sales, margins and minimize costs for the assigned category
  • 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 2 years of retail store managerial experience or a combination of relevant education and experience
  • Strong accuracy/attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks/projects
  • Ability to function in a fast paced, retail/office environment
  • Familiarity with retail industry technical terms and processes
  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills
  • Completed development plan for both assistant buyer and assistant planner (Level 7)

Desired Previous Job Experience/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Magic
  • Retail store managerial experience

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 Logistics:  To support and reward our hardworking and friendly associates, we offer much more than just a paycheck. We strive to feed your future by offering the ingredients you need to create your own recipe for success at work and in life. Our associates receive a full plate of benefits that promote their physical, emotional and financial well-being, including access to competitive health care and retirement benefits, paid time off, mental health resources, associate discounts and opportunities to learn, grow and advance. Our associates also get to help us make a difference in our communities through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste and Framework for Action: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plans. Visit the to learn more about our work in the communities we serve and how our associates help us be a good neighbor.

Below is a list of some of the benefits we offer our associates.

Health & Well-being Benefits:

  • Health care benefits
  • Paid time off such as vacation, sick leave, and parental leave
  • Mental and emotional support resources through our Employee Assistance Program

Financial Benefits:

  • Participation in a 401(k) plan, subject to certain eligibility requirements
  • Group term life insurance eligible
  • Eligible for an annual bonus based upon company performance
  • Associate discounts

Growth and Development Benefits:

  • Tuition assistance, college scholarships and educational leave of absence, depending on varying criteria by location and subject to certain eligibility requirements
  • Robust internal training and development resources to grow your career

We want the best for associates and our customers, and together, we strive to create a welcoming and engaging environment where you’ll love to work. If you are interested in becoming a valued member of our team, apply now. We look forward to getting to know you!

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