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Company: Wallis Companies
Location: Pacific
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Wallis Companies is celebrating 50 years in business! Originally founded in rural Cuba, MO in 1968, today we employ 1,200 individuals in three states, across multiple business divisions (Wholesale, Retail Operations, Lubricants, Transport, Great River Wash, and Support Divisions).

We're a proud Woman Owned Business, committed to doing good in our communities. We're an award-winning Midwestern distributor for Exxon-Mobil, Phillips 66, BP and other amazing brands, committed to operational excellence and exceptional service. #WeAreWallis

Wallis Companies continues to grow and we are looking for a Senior Director of Retail Merchandising. Wallis operates convenience stores throughout Missouri, featuring the On the Run and Dirt Cheap brands.

Working with your direct reports, you will be responsible for growing sales at optimal gross profit margins through effective vendor negotiation and item selection at the local level and outstanding implementation of national marketing initiatives. The ideal candidate directs and coordinates organization activities related to procurement and merchandising functions within our convenience store operations. Hands on experience with category management of regulated products, such as cigarettes, cigars, vapor, other tobacco, or alcohol is a necessary.

Summary of Essential Job Functions for Director of Retail Merchandising:

  • Leader with awareness of market trends; ability translate trend forecasting into profitable growth and measurable results
  • Expert understanding of consumers and assigned core categories of tobacco, beverages, grocery, general merchandise, and/or store services
  • Strong analytical skills and financial acumen; demonstrated by the ability to analyze situations and make recommendations that are consist with the brand; critical thinker
  • Thorough understanding of traffic flow in store layouts; active participant in store layout and design, including forecasting equipment and product needs
  • Establishes and implements marketing programs designed to meet consumer desires while staying true to the brand standards.Perks and Benefits
    Health, dental and vision insurance, including health savings account
    401(k) Plan
    Paid Time Off
    Car Allowance

    Skills and Abilities Needed for Director of Retail Merchandising:

    • Self-motivated; pushes self to perform at a higher level which in return delivers recognition and inspires others; takes calculated business risk
    • Foundational knowledge in all aspects of retailing consumer products, including building support for programs among store level management
    • Strong fit with the members of the management team and the ability to work shoulder to shoulder with all team members
    • Outstanding character and personal values that are aligned with Wallis' culture
    • Building vendor partnerships, contract negotiation, product placement and retail pricing strategiesEducation and Experience:
      • Ten(10) years of experience in consumer merchandising field with an emphasis in at least one core category: tobacco, beverage, grocery, general merchandise, services, etc.
      • Bachelor's degree in business from an accredited college or university
      • Either significant convenience store industry experience or an advanced degree in business managementCandidates with experience as a category manager for cigarettes, cigars, vapor or other tobacco products are encouraged to apply. This is not an operations focused role. It is vendor negotiation, merchandising and marketing focused while leading a team of experienced professionals.

        Come join our team! We look forward to hearing from you!


        Email with your questions. Wallis Companies is an equal opportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.

Keywords: Wallis Companies, Columbia , SENIOR DIRECTOR OF RETAIL MERCHANDISING - CONVENIENCE STORES, Executive , Pacific, Missouri

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