Category Manager (Wine Jobs: Management & Administration)

Full Time

  BC Liquor Distribution Branch (

  Burnaby, British Columbia

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At the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) our vision of ‘Service. Relationships. Results.’ is all about providing a valued service, building strong relationships with our stakeholders, and achieving greater results for the province.

The LDB is one of two branches of government responsible for the cannabis and liquor industry of B.C. We operate the wholesale distribution of beverage alcohol and non-medical cannabis within the province, as well as the household retail brands of BC Liquor Stores and BC Cannabis Stores.

We employ nearly 5,000 people in over 200 communities and have hundreds of career opportunities spanning our entire wholesale, retail and corporate operations – from supply chain logistics, to high-tech solutions, and everything in between. The LDB has been named one of BC’s Top Employers 12 times over for offering exceptional places to work, flexible work hours and earned days off, extended health and dental benefits, maternity and parental leave top-up payments, a pension program, in-house professional and leadership development, and subsidies for professional accreditation.

Retail Operations, encompassing the three retail business units of Merchandising, Marketing and Store Operations, is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the 198 BC Liquor Stores. The Retail division develops and executes key strategies to drive business/ revenue, creates systems and processes to maximize operational excellence, while upholding BCLDB’s core values of service, relationships and results. Working in this vibrant, creative and supportive team environment will see your knowledge, skills and innovativeness thrive to unparalleled levels.

The Category Manager is LDB’s point person and expert in all aspects of a category of beverage alcohol and in-store products.  The Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of assigned sub-categories. This involves creating product assortments and leading the evaluation, selection and merchandising of products to achieve corporate objectives, sales, and gross margin targets. The Category Manager is accountable for the financial results of the product category. 

A criminal record check is required. Ability to travel overnight within the Province of British Columbia is also required. 

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job description, also located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

An eligibility list for permanent or temporary future opportunities may be established.

Position Requirements:

Education and Experience:

·         Diploma or Certificate related to category management, merchandising or a related discipline and a minimum of four years of recent, related experience. *

*Recent, related experience must have occurred within the last ten years and must include the following:

·         Experience in retail management, category management, product consultant and/or certified wine educator experience with emphasis on category management at a corporate level.

·         Experience building and maintaining productive working relationships with key stakeholders.

Preference may be given to candidates with:

·         Experience in beverage alcohol retail management.

·         Experience as a beverage alcohol product consultant or as a certified alcohol beverage educator.

·         Experience managing merchandising operations for a large, distributed wholesale/retail beverage alcohol operation.

·         Experience supervising staff and establishing priorities, allocating, and managing human and fiscal resources.

How to Apply & Application Requirements:

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined in the Position Requirements section above. Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies as outlined in the attached Job Description.

A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

For specific position-related enquiries, please contact Alex Bakker, A\Director, Merchandising at 604-252-8971.

Only applications submitted using the BC Public Service Recruitment System on this website will be accepted. For more information about how to create or update your profile, please refer the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to [email protected] before the stated closing time, and they will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:00pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

$80,800 - $114,400 per annum

How To Apply

Please apply through the Public Service Agency Website:

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