category director - Citrus

 

At the Star Group, we strive to be the most innovative team in produce with an unwavering commitment to value and taste. The Star Group is an organization comprised of boutique companies that specialize in different sectors of the fresh produce industry: Star Produce Ltd., Star Produce US LP, Consolidated Fruit Packers (CFP) Ltd., Sliced FC, BC Hot House, and Whole Leaf. For more than 25 years we have been supplying the highest quality of fruits and vegetables and searching the globe for Big Taste®.

 

Primary Focus

The main role of the Category Director, under the direction of the President, will be primary accountability for the procurement & sales of commodities to both domestic and international customers. Building on the STAR group customer base you will develop a depth of understanding to operate as an expert in both customer needs and the STAR commodities on offer. The incumbent will always maintain professionalism, tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity to portray the company in a positive manner. This position will maintain a high level of knowledge on all aspects of STAR products and Star Group service levels, creating on-going relationships with current and future customers.

 

Job Context and Accountabilities

 Accountable for the super category and all commodities that fall within it

 Accountable for the buy and the sell; globally on both

 Accountable for budgeting and planning for their super category and achieving all goals set out

 Accountable to drive innovation in product, packaging and throughout their super category

 Coaches, mentors and teaches direct reports; develops the leadership skills of Category Leads; sets goals and completes performance reviews

 Travel expectations – customers and growers/shippers

 Build and develop relationships with other Licensed Producers and Provincial Distributors, individual clients.

 Work with distribution partners by reviewing data and developing customer strategies prior to customer meetings.

 Maintain and accurately track sales and consumer budgets on time. Qualifications

 

Education

 Degree or diploma in business or agriculture-related field

 Five years of progressive experience in a related field

Dimensions

 Strong knowledge of operations function processes and cross-functional exposure to other company business operations (logistics, inventory management, marketing, supply chain)

 Demonstrated leadership ability and team management

 High flexibility with strong interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse environment

 High level of integrity and work ethic

 

Skills

 Strong knowledge of operations function processes and cross-functional exposure to other company business operations (logistics, inventory management, marketing, supply chain)

 Proficiency in MS Office

 Experience in using technology; including ERP

 Team Player

 Forward Thinking / Planning

 Action Orientated

 Problem Solving

 Negotiation

 Time Management

 Excellent Verbal and Written Communications

 

Working conditions

 Regular travel

 Interaction with customers/clients, and the public at large

 Flexible hours including nights, weekends, and holidays

 

Direct reports

Category Leads

 

How to Apply

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to joinourteam@starproduce.com.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Job Type: full time