Merchandiser

  • Portland, OR
  • Full-time

Company Description

Established over 125 years ago, Core-Mark is a Fortune 400 company that continues to grow, with approximately $14 billion in sales, 30 divisions and 44,000 customer locations across the United States and Canada. Core-Mark is a leading distributor of fresh food and consumer packaged goods to the convenience retail industry. Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions; and is recognized as one of the largest and most valued marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions.

Our company culture provides a progressive, growth-oriented work environment, where you’ll enjoy greater independence, and a strong team atmosphere. We provide excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) or RRSP with employer matching and immediate vesting, tuition reimbursement, voluntary benefits (US only), and opportunity for career advancement.

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At Core-Mark, we celebrate difference and thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our services and our community. Core-Mark is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual  orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Description

As the Merchandiser, you report to the Territory Manager. You’ll work independently and be responsible for the maintenance of product displays in customer stores, rotating product, invoice check-in, and of course, merchandising. As a merchandiser, your efforts are critical to our sales goals and our customer’s profitability.  You’ll be the face of Core-Mark, the first line of customer service and a partner for the retail store in ensuring the store reaches its sales and profitability potential. You’ll be the liaison between the customer and Core-Mark.       

As a Merchandiser, you’ll drive to customer locations using your personal vehicle, to meet with the customer, place merchandise in the display areas following set plan-o-grams, ensuring that every square foot of the store is properly set according to plan. You must be able to assess critical needs and notify management immediately of any issues. You’ll also assess customer sales and identify which items are not selling or are discontinued for each particular customer, making recommendations for replacement items that will increase sales and profits for the customer.     

Your responsibilities are widespread. You are a key part of our customer relationship and represent Core-Mark. Your professional manner and business execution are a critical part of helping the company meet and exceed the expectations of our customers and other vendor partners.     

Responsibilities

  • A merchandising representative must manage his or her territory and act as a liaison on business activities
  • Gather strategic information for divisions, key account teams, vendors and corporate category managers
  • Communicating daily with Managers, and others on the Core-Mark team to quickly alert managers of critical customer issues
  • Merchandising key marketing programs which could include Dairy, Bread and Fresh  products     
  • Eliminating out-of-stocks and ensuring plan-o-gram compliance       
  • Capitalizing on secondary display opportunities       
  • Ensuring that products are properly faced, priced, and identified       
  • Ensuring promotional displays and POS has been utilized       
  • Completing appropriate administrative tasks       
  • Working safely, dressing professionally, and executing daily tasks in a responsible and efficient manner
  • Submitting time sheets and mileage reports in a timely manner

Customer service    

  • Setting stores with consumer goods using Core-Mark schematics       
  • Ensuring all products are displayed in the correct sales location according to store sets       
  • Following up with customer needs and concerns in a timely manner, ensuring great customer service
  • Ensuring stock rotation (products are fresh and within date code parameters)
  • Timely processing of returns using hand held inventory control devices

Efficiency of the sell-through    

  • Ensuring plan-o-gram, marketing best practices, and compliance in store
  • Ensuring promotions, displays, and cross-merchandising initiatives
  • Identifying and reducing out-of-stocks on shelf
  • Maximizing visibility and positioning of products in the store

Qualifications

Preferred

  • High energy, motivated persons with excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and keep calm in dealing with customer service issues.

Requirements

  • HS diploma, GED certificate or equivalent.  
  • Ability to drive to convenience stores using personal transportation.      
  • Active valid driver's license, reliable automobile with active valid insurance. (You will receive mileage and gasoline reimbursement.)             
  • Ability to read and understand store plan-o-gram and set instructions.         
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, packing and unpacking consumer goods, able to kneel to stock shelves, able to reach and lift to stock shelves.         
  • Ability to work in customer storage areas which may not be air conditioned.         
  • Ability to operate a computer a hand held inventory control device, and calculators.         
  • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to perform math calculations.         
  • Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing. 

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.