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Staples Category Merchant (Hybrid) in Framingham, Massachusetts

Staples is business to business . You’re what binds us together.

Our merchandising team aims to deliver the best value and selection to our customers through products, services and solutions all centered around our customers’ needs. We are driven by customer insights and analytics to bring products and solutions to market seamlessly. We’re inclusive, well-rounded professionals who have deep experience in buying, selling, negotiating, operations, design, innovation, finance and more.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Develop and execute a business plan to achieve budgeted sales and margin goals

  • Develop deep understanding of customer needs and shopping behavior as well as upcoming trends and brands in the marketplace.

  • Cross functionally collaborates with all Business Units to understand their unique customer needs and deliver an assortment and cost structure that meets those needs.

  • Responsible for the P&L for assigned product categories

  • Develop strategies and execution plans across Business Units including Staples Business Advantage Inside and Outside Sales teams

  • Manages category programs with all vendors. Responsible for delivering and tracking all vendor revenue and working with all business units and cross- functional partners to ensure program elements are executed upon.

  • Responsible for selecting items and vendors. With leadership support negotiate with vendors for lower total delivered cost, volume incentives, rebates, advertising and other applicable allowances. Showcase assortment through annual Line Reviews on each category.

  • Manage and develop team

What you bring to the table:

  • Proven ability to drive sales and margin results

  • Multiple category experience including large P&L management is preferred

  • Expertise in site metrics, such as visits, conversion, AOV, frequency, engagement

  • Deep understanding of levers to pull to drive ecommerce results

  • Demonstrated in-depth proficiency in financial acumen and analysis

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to influence at multiple levels

  • Demonstrated ability to build strategic partnerships across organization and with vendors at the senior levels

Qualifications :

What’s needed - Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field

  • PC literate with the strong abilities in Excel

What’s needed - Preferred Qualifications

Minimum 6 years total experience in buying related functions (buying/ merchandising)

We Offer:

  • Inclusive culture with associate-led Business Resource Groups

  • Flexible PTO (22 days) and Holiday Schedule (7 observed paid holidays)

  • Online and Retail Discounts, Company Match 401(k), Physical and Mental Health Wellness programs, and more perks and benefits (

Interested in joining the team? Check out our perks and benefits !

Staples believes Inclusion is a verb and we encourage diversity of thinking and ideas as well as backgrounds and experiences. Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.