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Business Development Assistant - Seafood/Sushi



Sales & Business Development
San Antonio, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Getting the right products at the right price in the right store at the right time is no small task. That's what our Merchandising Partners do every day. They bring expertise in procurement, merchandising, culinary, analysis, pricing, quality assurance, demo programming, and inventory planning.

As a Business Development Assistant II, you'll review, prioritize, track actions, and resolve complex issues in support of H-E-B Business Development Managers (BDMs) and assigned categories.

Once you're eligible, you'll become an Owner in the company, so we're looking for commitment, hard work, and focus on quality and Customer service. 'Partner-owned' means our most important resources--People--drive the innovation, growth, and success that make H-E-B The Greatest Retailing Company.

Do You Have a

HEART FOR PEOPLE... communication, collaboration, and customer service skills?

HEAD FOR BUSINESS... know-how to analyze, make recommendations, and document support for supplier negotiations?

PASSION FOR RESULTS... drive to perform multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced, many-deadline environment?

We Are Looking For

  • 3+ years of experience in business, merchandising, procurement, or store operations
  • analytical, organization, and time-management skills

What is the work?


  • Supports / partially represents BDM
  • Ensures products are competitively priced, meeting price image and financial objectives as directed by BDM
  • Executes consistent pricing strategy for BDM in communication materials / branding throughout pricing programs, processes, policies, and other H-E-B initiatives
  • Manages data entry of cost and retail relationships to support marketing and merchandising strategies
  • Develops templates and processes to track category performance and run category reports
  • Identifies / researches / resolves issues with no BDM involvement
  • Manages implementation of mid- to-large pricing projects and initiatives
  • Represents BDM in meetings (e.g., note taking, presenting updates, clarifying, notifying BDM of priority action steps)
  • Creates promotional product surveys in tool for promotional events (e.g., forecasting, store allocation)
  • Executes promotional event tasks, including coupons, PI tracking, and OMS offers
  • Executes broker functions when no broker exists (e.g., securing product samples)
  • Coordinates test sets
  • Drafts communications / presentations
  • Recommends solutions to process problems
  • Manages new item submission and set up process after items are selected by BDM, including eCommerce
  • Assists in assortment decisions and new item placements
  • Provides input / makes recommendations on new events, promotions, and ad language


  • Performs in-depth analysis for supplier negotiation; makes recommendations based on analysis
  • Analyzes / generates / compiles support documentation for meetings and budgeting, and for category-level financial analysis and post-event analysis
  • Conducts post-event analysis
  • Prepares budgets and forecasting purchasing trends
  • Compiles reports on product performance and statistics

What is your background?

  • A related degree or comparable formal training, certification, or work experience
  • 3+ years of experience in business, merchandising / procurement, or store operations
  • Experience in systems, processes, and analysis
  • Experience in product information data flow
  • Experience in merchandising software systems (a plus)

Do you have what it takes to be a fit as an H-E-B BDA II?

  • Working knowledge of systems, processes, and analysis
  • Working knowledge of product information data flow
  • Advanced interpersonal skills
  • Strong verbal / written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Strong PC skills, including proficiency in MS Excel and software / systems required by the job (e.g., eComm, BI)
  • Ability to work cohesively on internal / external contacts
  • Ability to work on cross-functional teams
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and shift focus between projects / tasks under pressure
  • Ability to work as a strong team player
  • Ability to problem solve and bring forth issues and recommendations
  • Customer service-oriented

Can you...

  • Function in a fast-paced, retail, office environment
  • Travel by car or plane with overnight stays
  • Work extended hours; sit for extended periods
  • Regularly lift 20 lbs or more