Category Manager | Cheetah

Category Manager

Pleasanton, California

About this Position

Introducing Cheetah

Restaurants and small businesses account for hundreds of billions of dollars in annual purchasing, yet most of it happens offline. From the humblest NYC slice and a cup of joe to museum-quality lattes (and, yes, avocado toast), each order represents a long paper trail and a series of truck deliveries.


A relentless executive team has set out to change this reality, armed with deep industry and entrepreneurial experience, personal conviction, and $70M in funding from Eclipse, Floodgate, and the early backers of Facebook, Lyft and Airbnb.


With footholds in several major American urban centers, Cheetah is already streamlining the daily workflow of hundreds of restaurants and small business owners. Using Cheetah’s services, they manage millions of dollars in monthly purchasing, while Cheetah eliminates the burden of costly sales reps and inflexible, inefficient distribution centers. Partnering with the largest wholesale suppliers in the US, Cheetah is bringing Silicon Valley user experience and data-driven insight to a space that hadn’t changed much in decades. In the process, we’re helping to reintroduce the small business owner to the small farmer, global supply chains to familiar faces; and delivery and logistics workers to increased mobility and new opportunities.


Operating smack in the middle of supply and demand, Cheetah has introduced unprecedented transparency in pricing and inventory to the SMB marketplace. In doing so, Cheetah allows the people who form the backbone of local economies to focus on what they love: cooking great food and providing excellent service. From the convenience of their phones, business owners can now order whatever they need, discover new, rare or seasonal specialty products, and prioritize their customers. No more rushing to unload your double-parked van, or waiting anxiously for a truck to show up with your weekly allotment of boxes.


About the Category Manager position

Forget everything you know about restaurant supply chain because we’re building something different. We are revolutionizing the industry and need an experienced, highly motivated Category Manager to help lead this charge. We are looking for a skilled professional who brings experience in the food industry and who has a strong background in logistics and fulfillment. You are committed, energetic, creative and your passion is helping restaurants and small businesses succeed!


  • Provide daily review of product movement forecast based on seasonality, market trends, and the probability of anticipated sales.

  • Develop sourcing strategy alongside leaders to meet business and customer needs.

  • Maintain ordering of product lines from various vendors on a daily basis.

  • Purchase products within company standards to maintain a certain number of turns per week/year at the best possible price for the best possible product.

  • Achieve outstanding service level to our customers.

  • Negotiate deals and support senior staff in recommending terms and conditions for contracts.

  • Manage product lines through inventory turns, excess and obsolete inventory (Aging Report).

  • Provide first line communication to the sales team regarding product knowledge, product arrival, special orders, item availability, and product sourcing.

  • Review and maintain equities and bracket pricing to ensure consistency and competitiveness.

  • Negotiate, track and manage supplier programs and relationships.

  • Conduct logistics reviews to identify pick up opportunities and maximize logistics revenue.

About you:

  • A resourceful, self-starter who is at their best when working hands-on with a team of talented individuals.

  • Customer-focused and is always thinking of ways we can better our service and offerings.

  • Has strong project and time management skills.

  • Brings a strong understanding of purchasing and procurement best practices, specific to Non-Foods (Disposables, Chemicals, Supplies, and Equipment.)

  • Enjoys crunching numbers and running analysis – forecasting and pricing models are your forte.

  • You are passionate about restaurants and small businesses and committed to building a powerhouse from the ground up!


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience

  • 5+ years experience in a purchasing or supply chain role within the food and beverage industry

  • Experience in high volume, fulfillment or manufacturing environment

  • Familiarity with office applications such as G-Suite, Office, and NetSuite.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Competitive Salary

  • Unlimited/Flexible PTO

  • Comprehensive medical/dental/vision insurance and commuter benefits

  • The opportunity to be part of something BIG!

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