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Sysco Market Director Merchandising - Corporate - US in Skokie, Illinois


US6469 Sysco Payroll, Division of Sysco Resources Services, LLC

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Minimum Level of Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Years of Experience:

3 Years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Travel Percentage:

Up to 25%


Responsible for market-level performance, leading the management of the market merchandising team, which includes but is not limited to: customer order fulfillment improvement, inventory management with intent to maintain lowest possible DSO, merchandising activities that enhance profitability (realized equity, earned income and overall gross margin), support sales growth, logistics, assist in achieving warehouse operations efficiencies as it relates to inbound product, management and directing/ developing merchandising staff.

Leading and managing implementation and execution of merchandising capabilities and processes across multiple Operating Companies to drive Market-Level goals. Oversee Market-level product assortment and adoption of the national, market and local assortment to meet gross profit expectations and sales targets. Support execution of corporate category growth initiatives and provide field feedback to Corporate.


  • Lead a large team (10+) of market planners and market analysts to achieve team goals. Responsible for

  • Training, developing, managing, and supporting all direct reports to ensure consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of all work products.

  • Identify and develop top talent within the organization through utilization of Sysco’s established Talent Management programs

  • Lead in the interviewing and staffing of the team

  • Conduct comprehensive performance reviews with each associate per Sysco standards

  • Responsible for market-level inventory metrics and service goals through reporting and collaboration with Opco teams.

  • Oversee market-level realized equity, earned income and product mix including item equity management and market cost utilization

  • Manage the steady-state execution of supplier, corporate and Market Merchandising initiatives

  • Provide necessary feedback to the operating company (OpCo) and corporate teams for action or alignment

  • Direct Market merchandising and supplier resources

  • Drive Market results based on operation company (OpCo) needs and support corporate initiatives

  • Collaborate with operation company (OpCo) within the market to achieve strategic product assortment.

  • Sponsor supplier and broker engagement for best results in category case conversion and sales growth

  • Support engagement with all Sysco Specialty Companies including Sysco Specialty Meat Companies, Supplies On The Fly, European Imports and FreshPoint

  • Collaborate, support and facilitate available resource management in conjunction with Replenishment Services Managers



  • 5+ years of management/professional experience required (7+ years preferred).

  • Significant category management experience, merchandising and/or operations experience within a retail, wholesale or distribution environment preferred.

  • 3+ years of demonstrated success in leading people or projects (or combination of both) required

  • Experience in leading virtual teams preferred

  • Strong written & verbal communications skills required

  • Strong excel skills preferred

  • Ability to manage & implement innovative strategies to maximize sales & gross profit potential while driving customer loyalty & MA engagement


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in lieu of degree sufficient to successfully perform essential job functions required.

  • Master’s degree a plus.


  • Ability to influence and lead virtual teams

  • Ability to build high performing teams and enable best practice sharing and support culture

  • Ability to motivate high-performing teams & enable a culture of best practices

  • Ability to manage conflict and reach quick resolution with facts and dialogue

  • Ability to work cross-functionally and build relationships across the organization/enterprise

  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals of different backgrounds

  • Collaborative change leader who uses multiple influencing styles to drive change

  • Analytical thinker who can draw sound business conclusions based on a strong fact base

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

  • Encourage associate engagement/talent development

    NOTICE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the environment and the level of work being performed by this job. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only tasks to be performed by the employee in this job. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by his or her supervisor.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Candidates who start work in the months of May, June, July, August and September 2021 may be eligible for medical and prescription drug plan coverage effective on their date of hire*. Standard eligibility rules and timelines apply to all other Sysco benefits, including additional healthcare benefits options, retirement benefits, vacation, and paid sick leave. Please visit https://syscobenefits.com/careers to view additional benefits information. *Exceptions/exclusions may apply


COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Personal protective equipment and masks provided

  • Temperature screenings

  • Social distancing guidelines in place

  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, and cleaning procedures in place


Sysco is the global leader in foodservice distribution. With over 57,000 associates and a fleet of over 13,000 vehicles, Sysco operates approximately 326 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 625,000 customer locations.

We offer our associates the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations. We’re looking for talented, hard-working individuals to join our team. Come grow with us and let us show you why Sysco is at the heart of food and service.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

This opportunity is available through Sysco Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates.