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Sr. Director, North American Food in Tempe, AZ at Circle K

Date Posted: 9/22/2020

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    1130 West Warner Road
    Tempe, AZ
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Job Description

Circle K is a great place to work! Here is why:
Our global family of 130,000 people in over 16,000 stores and 25 countries is who makes that possible for our millions of clients worldwide, which is why we are committed to helping them achieve their goals and grow with us. We set ourselves apart by our culture of pride: pride in our people and their development, pride in serving others, what we've built and what we are striving to achieve. No matter where you come from or where you are heading in your career, there is a place for you to grow at Circle K: learn and advance in one of our stores near you or take on a new challenge in our support offices here and around the world. When you grow, we grow - together.


The Sr. Director, North American Food is responsible for setting strategy and driving success across all food categories through driving strong collaboration and communication between their team and  with the Business units and other cross functional teams.  . The Sr. Director, North American Food is ultimately responsible for the P&L for all food categories as well as overseeing driving sales and profit growth of Food in the business units.


  • Determine overall strategy for Food categories, including rapid evolution of existing offers, while building offerings to be first to market for expected customer demands.
  • Achieve business strategy and financial objectives through preparation of annual business plans.
  • Develop internal and external presentations as needed for business reviews etc.; Able to create storylines and convey strategic messages into professional presentations
  • Overall responsibility for ensuring your team is managing Food categories to drive topline sales and traffic, secure optimal COGS, grow profitability and drive differentiation for our brands in the markets in which we compete.
  • Collaborate with internal customers and EU Food team to ensure delivering on food needs for the business, while sharing and leveraging best practices.
  • Collaboration with BU’s to ensure programs are developed, supported and implemented across BU’s to ensure the NA Foodservice team fully supports executional success in store.
  • Collaborate with manufacturers/vendor partners on insights, emerging trends, and competitive environment to share with stakeholders.
  • Secure support from vendor partners on programming and exclusive products to further enhance Circle K’s position in the marketplace.  Develop assortment strategy, annual promotional calendar outlining activities.
  • Manage team to ensure robust collaboration by team with ACT Business units to secure support on National programming.
  • Engage in regular BU and market visits; Participate in relevant industry events
  • Ad hoc problem solving and day to day tasks as needed to support company needs


  • Broad experience in merchandising, vendor collaboration, management, supply chain and quality assurance in a retail or CPG environment
  • Skilled using merchandising or marketing metrics, consumer insights and data to drive business decisions
  • Analytical skills and fact-based decision making
  • Understanding of retail store operations and needs
  • Hands on ability to lead &/or collaborate with different functions in the organization
  • Proven problem-solver with excellent written and verbal communication skills (in English) and attention to detail
  • Broad experience in vendor collaboration, management, supply chain and quality assurance in a retail or CPG environment
  • A minimum of 10 years or more experience working in Merchandising, Operations in a related retail or CPG industry
  • Flexible with working hours, required travel to support BU’s, suppliers and global ways of working


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree with 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Fluent in English (oral and written)
  • Category management and/or product development experience
  • Proficient with MS Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word


  • Leading and Supervising
  • Relating and Networking
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Creating and Innovating
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Delivering results and meeting Customer Expectations
  • Adapting and Responding to Change
  • Entrepreneurial and Commercial Thinking


  • Customer focus: Identifies and understands customer needs and puts them first in all activities and efforts
  • Commercial mindset: Goes the extra mile to deliver results and drives the commercial success of the company.
  • Continuous improvement: Courageously moves the company forward today and into the future of retail
  • Cooperation: Supportive and positive team player and committed to company decisions and making us succeed together.  Understands the importance of supporting the business units & stores.
  • Personal integrity: Promotes and lives the company standard of ethics, openness and values
  • Strategic Development & Execution: Create category strategies and understands the importance of aligning category strategy with the company strategy and the marketplace

Job duties may change with or without advance notice.

Circle K is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Company complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA) and all state and local disability laws.  Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the ADA and certain state or local laws as long as it does not impose an undue hardship on the Company. Please inform the Company’s Human Resources Representative if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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