Staples Project Manager-Pricing in Framingham, Massachusetts
Position Summary: You already know Staples for our stores. What you might not know is that we are the world’s largest business products delivery company as well, serving everything from the 10 person office up to and including the Fortune 500 companies. As the B2B division of Staples, Staples Business Advantage works with companies to develop customized programs with specialized pricing, dedicated account management and a complete assortment of products and services at the lowest total delivered cost. Our commitment to serving customers is embodied in our brand promise: “It’s Pro Time.”
This role resides on a team focused on pricing technology and innovation. The current team makeup is a mix of members with experience in technology, project/product management, Tableau and data analytics.
We’re looking for someone who is energized to make a difference and enjoys a role where they can be innovative and entrepreneurial. Many of our recent projects are about reinventing everything we do from data to processes to systems.
The person in this role will wear many hats, but primarily will manage a centralized data source that’s focused on how competitor items cross reference to Staples items. They will be responsible for the accuracy of this data and identifying gaps within categories. They will be expected to partner across Pricing, Sales and our Digital Solutions team to leverage this information within multiple applications and business units. Also, part of enhancing this data will be managing a key relationship with a 3rd party vendor who assists us with this work.
Primary Responsibilities/Skills: • Analyze and manage centralized cross reference data source. Provide requirements to Pricing BI team to measure accuracy and effectiveness of its use through automated Tableau dashboards • Build roadmaps around improving this data and execute on plans to integrate across applications and business units within Staples • Be the point person to manage a 3rd party vendor relationship to ensure that Staples interests are protected and services are delivered according to contractual provisions • Manage and monitor operational performance of vendor and resolve any and all issues • Plan, review, and reconcile planned spend against contract vs. actual • Track and communicate issues to resolution between the vendor and the internal Pricing team • Participate in regular reviews with senior Pricing leadership
Qualifications: Basic: • Minimum 3-5 years previous work experience • Bachelor’s Degree required (advanced degree a plus) • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook/OneNote, MS Access/SQL a strong plus) • Strong background in analyzing data and being able to identify opportunities through data analysis • Excellent interpersonal skills • Excellent written/oral communication skills • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task a must • Ability to work in a team environment yet is self-directed, proactive, and action-oriented • Ability to work well in a dynamic environment – adaptability • Ability to work collaboratively within cross-functional teams • Strong negotiation skills
Preferred: • Superior analytical and critical thinking skills • Experience with large data sets and analytic, querying solutions such as MS Access, SQL or an Excel power user that can learn Access or other solution quickly • Demonstrated track record of being highly accountable for results; able to deliver quality work while managing multiple priorities and acting with a sense of urgency. • Communicates effectively (in English) – both written and oral with strong interpersonal skills • Experience in the management of key business projects and initiatives, as well as experience in negotiating or managing vendor relationships • Capable of generating a high degree of respect and trust to develop and maintain strong relationships • Excellent problem-solving and negotiating skills
Additional Information: Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.
Title: Project Manager-Pricing
Requisition ID: 1014031