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Category Manager - Cooler

Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J

Knoxville, TN, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Category Manager - Cooler

Job Description

Company Description

Pilot Company is an industry-leading network of travel centers with more than 30,000 team members and over 750 retail and fueling locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces. Our energy and logistics division serves as a top supplier of fuel, employing one of the largest tanker fleets and providing critical services to oil operations in our nation's busiest basins. Pilot Company supports a growing portfolio of brands with expertise in supply chain and retail operations, logistics and transportation, technology and digital innovation, construction, maintenance, human resources, finance, sales and marketing.

Founded in 1958 by Jim A. Haslam II and currently led by CEO Adam Wright, our founding values, people-first culture and commitment to giving back remains true to us today. Whether we are serving guests, a fellow team member, or a trucking company, we are dedicated to fueling people and keeping North America moving.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

Military encouraged to apply.

Job Description

The purpose of this job is to lead a category team and manage a category (or categories) of products with the goal of increasing sales and gross profit dollars.

  1. Develop annual and multi-year category plan; write and present annual budget plan to senior team
  2. Review category monthly and yearly performance financials and monthly review of profit and loss (P&L) performance
  3. Drive category review planning and presentation with direct report category team and support teams
  4. Maintain in-depth knowledge of all contracts and obligations to ensure that both Pilot Flying J (PFJ) and vendor adhere to the agreed-upon term and spirit of the contract or agreement
  5. Participate in industry events that add value to business planning process
  6. Visit stores to engage customers and team members in category directional feedback on products and promotions
  7. Lead vendor process including review of new products, business planning, cost negotiations, RFP execution, and supply chain management
  8. Maintain active involvement in inventory management and controls
  9. Study industry and category trends to support planning and development process
  10. Model behaviors that support the company’s common purpose; ensure guests and team members are supported at the highest level
  11. Ensure all activities are in compliance with rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  12. Complete other duties as assigned
  • High school diploma or equivalent certificate required
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field of study preferred
  • Minimum three years category management preferred

Specialized Knowledge

  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills


  • Ability to think strategically and analytically in day-to-day decisions and long-range planning
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and mentor others on the team to do the same
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively on tasks
  • Strong and effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to model agility and work effectively in a fast-paced, frequently changing business environment
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies
Additional Information


Travel required less than 25%, overnight may be required

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

  • General office work requiring sitting or standing for long periods of time

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Posted: 5/14/2024

Job Status: Full Time

Job Reference #: 49ff3567-0cf9-42d8-b3a4-8eb595edb193