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Product Specialist 

About the Organization  
Category Procurement  
Position Product Specialist  
Position Requirements  
Shift Days  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
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Product Specialist in Portland, Maine. Candidates should have Chocolate, Cheese, Charcuterie, Meat and Chicken knowledge and expertise and at least 3 years of Category Management or equivalent experience.

Position Reports to: Director of Purchasing


  • Product Knowledge - ability to evaluate current and future market conditions; negotiate and multitask.

  • Excellent Communication Skills - Demonstrates appropriate and effective communication in all directions including excellent written, verbal and group communication skills.

  • Planning and Goal Orientation Skills - Demonstrates ability to plan, set goals, effectively manage time & work calendar.

  • Passion and Team Orientation - Demonstrates a passion for the categories. Shows the ability to consistently contribute to the overall improvement of the category.

  • Travel-Travel to customers to assist in menu planning and product placement.

  • 3+ years Category Management or equivalent experience, including supplier management and pricing. Prior experience in foodservice or food manufacturing preferred.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Responsible for Developing and Maintaining all Product specifications

  • Responsible for evaluating the growing and distribution capabilities of all product suppliers

  • Responsible for maintaining and growing relationships with customers and suppliers and lead product placement and negotiation efforts.

  • Responsible for producing weekly product updates that illustrates current and future market conditions.

  • Responsible for conducting QC audits with all Native Maine product suppliers

  • Assists sales reps and customers with questions or quality concerns

  • Responsible for assisting the sales team in growing the category.


  • 4-year college Degree Preferred. Equivalent life experience considered.


  • Proficient in Excel and Word documents.

Req Number PRO-19-00002  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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