Whole Foods Market
Revolutionizing the grocery landscape (again).
Austin, TX

Assistant Category Merchant

| Austin, TX
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Develops category goals & strategies and product assortments through the lens of our core customer, ensuring a strong mix of national brand product relevance, best-in-class local product relevance, and best-in-class private label product relevance - distinguishing Whole Foods Market from our competition. Responsible for business financial performance, developing strategies that drive profitable sales through data-rich, customer centric assortment selection, product development, pricing, presentation, and promotion. Collaborates and works closely with Merchandising Planning, Merchandise Operations, Procurement, Distribution, Quality Assurance, Marketing, Regional Leadership, and our Suppliers to most effectively deliver on category goals and strategies.


  • Supports category, merchandising, promotional and pricing strategy development, analysis and execution.
  • Supports category assortment planning, including supplier line reviews, assortment analysis, stakeholder collaboration, item planning and forecasting.
  • With guidance, engages with support team and other stakeholders to translate assortment plans into merchandising plans and help with project execution.
  • Plans and executes logistics for key events including supplier line reviews, supplier meetings, sampling events, etc.
  • Maintains list of supplier contacts and supports supplier communication as needed (e.g. weekly conference call set up, meeting / call notes and recaps).
  • Maintains and updates appropriate system(s) content and helps with other documentation and reporting as assigned.
  • Facilitates information sharing between all applicable stakeholders.
  • Supports testing development, execution, and analysis as directed.
  • Assists with category reset and revisions processes, promotional support, samples and sample room maintenance and with data management as needed.
  • Performs and/or assists with data analysis and reporting.
  • May own the process for a category insights and strategy presentation.
  • May assist in project management of new product development lifecycle (Ideation - RFP – BA - Launch).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Supports team efforts to develop category vision that is:
    • Grounded in customer-centric data,
    • Supports higher-level objectives, and
    • Encompasses a breadth of forward-looking insight.
  • Supports leadership and works closely with team leaders on assigned work.
  • Seeks guidance and support as required.
  • Accountable for positively impacting team collaboration and group effectiveness.


  • Detail-oriented with strong planning and execution skills.
  • Team player with a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group.
  • Ability to deal effectively and comfortably with various stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with retail software solutions.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Passion for Organics, Fair Trade, Quality Standards and the Natural Foods industry.
  • Strong skills utilizing Microsoft Office applications.
  • Familiar with category management and/or EB Product Lifecycle concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Demonstrates intellectual and analytical curiosity.
  • Able to read financial reports, spot business trends and assess underlying drivers of results.
  • Familiar with financial goals and guidelines.
  • Demonstrates a desire for continuous learning and sharpening this skill.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and listening.
  • Understands necessity of tailoring communication to meet audience needs.

Education & Experience:

  • BA/BS degree and 2-4 years’ relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

At Whole Foods Market, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all Team Members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.

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What are Whole Foods Market Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
On top of working with personal nonprofits, Team Members can work with and contribute to our three main nonprofits -- Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Cities Foundation, and Whole Kids Foundation.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Join committees ranging from our hiring committee, Inclusion Task Force, and more.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
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