Staples Associate Category Merchant in Framingham, Massachusetts
The Associate category merchant is responsible for managing the Dated Goods and Organization category for Retail and Dot Com. This includes assortment planning, merchandise and vendor selection, negotiation, financial planning, inventory impact implications, advertising plans, merchandise presentation, distribution, vendor relations and administration for assigned lines. With guidance from manager develops and executes strategies for driving sales and margin, and competitive differentiation.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Develop deep understanding of customer needs and shopping behavior as well as upcoming trends and brands in the marketplace.
With support from SCM, develop and execute strategy to drive Dated Goods business utilizing vendor and industry share information.
Responsible for selecting items and vendors and presenting to SCM for approval. With manager approval negotiate with vendors for lower total delivered cost, volume incentives, rebates, advertising and other applicable allowances. Meet with vendors in development of marketing plans.
With direction from manager: merchandise assigned line(s) to ensure service levels with minimum inventory investment and maximum gross margin. Effectively manage impact on total supply chain by leveraging knowledge of inventory turns and logistics.
Review and approve financial and item forecasts with Planners. Responsible for all financials of the category and must be able to present understanding of the numbers to upper management.
Work with Marketing, POG, Promo, Inventory Management, Stores and other functional areas as needed to achieve corporate goals. Partner with private label team to transition category and develop new on trend product at utmost quality.
Develop ability to utilize appropriate resources to gather data.
Interpret financial statements, total costs to NPD data, financials levers and metrics used in Merchandising to understand current and future trends. Identify exceptions and see k additional information when data discrepancies are found.
Minimum of 3 years total experience in buying related functions (buying-Merchandising, Planning, Inventory management). Buying and Planning experience required. Inventory experience preferred and Store experience preferred.
General knowledge of industry trends, assortment planning, Planograms, customer buying patterns, inventory management, logistics and marketing techniques.
Knowledge and understanding of financial analysis and forecasting.
Influencing skills, verbal and written communication skills.
PC literate with the ability to develop and manipulate spreadsheets.
Ability to drive sales and margin results.
Ability to build partnerships.
/ Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. /
Title: Associate Category Merchant
Requisition ID: 1019679