Associate Category Manager
Location:
Chesterbrook , Pennsylvania
Posted:
February 03, 2017
Reference:
00001HA0
POSITION SUMMARY:

Under general direction of a Category Director or Manager, Consumer Products, the Associate Category Manager is responsible for the leadership and operations of an assigned set of merchandise categories or sub-categories and achieving the Consumer Group's annual business plan. The Associate Category Manager will have the full responsibility for attaining budgeted sales, gross margin, promotional margin, inventory management and driving growth for all categories, segments and SKUs within their assignments. This position operates within the ABC Consumer Products group and will also need to effectively collaborate with a business support team including Pricing, Marketing and Promotion, Inventory Planning, Buying and Replenishment, Finance, Planogram Design, Internal / External Sales and Vendor contacts to achieve the business plan objectives as it relates to the ABC Consumer Strategic plan.

An Associate Category Manager is responsible for searching out new, competitive opportunities at ABC within their assigned departments and for driving the business to ensure an industry leading position for ABC and their customers. The individual in this position will also be expected to perform additional job related responsibilities and duties as assigned and/or necessary.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1) Follow and embrace the leadership and cultural principles within the Category Management team that are intended to enable a fully integrated Product Lifestyle approach to managing categories within the broader consumer business.

2) Develop and implement category specific strategic plans and promotional strategies (i.e., weekly, seasonal and annual merchandising programs) to deliver industry leading results.
3) Develop annual category and sub-category business plans including budgets, forecasts and financial targets 1-3-5 years out.
4) Fully own P&L responsibility for attaining budgeted Sales, Gross Margin, Promotional Margin and GMROII for assigned categories and sub-categories.
5) Drive the category review and planning process including POG design, where applicable.
6) Lead the promotional and advertising strategy for all assigned categories; collaboratively work with advertising support group to execute best-in-class programs to drive sales.
7) Be creative and innovative; be open to change and improving communication, process or other to impact future growth.
8) Establish and maintain supplier relationships and negotiate supplier cost, quality and delivery terms; serve as the central point of contact for vendors; address escalated issues related to replenishment and work with the category manager/director and suppliers to resolve
9) Stay current on customer and consumer trends and the competitive marketplace through analysis, including competitive store and market visits; work to strategically leverage new insights to positively impact business performance.
10) Coordinate the execution and maintenance of inventory plans by reviewing and recommending markdowns and clearance plans; address inventory flow and provide management with updates and rationale that deviate from plan.
11) Optimize SKU mix, sales and gross margin and the achievement of sales and gross margin budgets for the category as it relates to the strategic plan.
12) Effectively partner cross-functionally to ensure results.
13) Develop and lead self; attend appropriate skills or industry training classes to build competencies; work with direct manager to meet/exceed expectations in order to qualify for increased responsibility; be considered as upwardly mobile within the organization.
14) Promote and support ABC company policies, procedures, mission, vision and core values.



Qualifications:
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Requires minimum of 5 years of experience in an analytical, merchandising and/or buying capacity with some management or retail experience. Technical experience should include MS Office, Word, Excel PowerPoint, knowledge of (IRI/AC Nielsen) market data, Access or other data base knowledge and planogram tools (Spaceman or Apollo). Some demonstrated working experience in marketing strategies, vendor and/or product negotiations, item and/or promotional pricing along with item selection. Ability to effectively communicate (written and oral); developing presentation skills. Bachelor's Degree required; some retail, category management or consumer packaged goods experience preferred.

MINIMUM SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Requires minimum of 5 years of experience in an analytical, merchandising and/or buying capacity with some management or retail experience. Technical experience should include MS Office, Word, Excel PowerPoint, knowledge of (IRI/AC Nielsen) market data, Access or other data base knowledge and planogram tools (Spaceman or Apollo). Some demonstrated working experience in marketing strategies, vendor and/or product negotiations, item and/or promotional pricing along with item selection. Ability to effectively communicate (written and oral); developing presentation skills. Bachelor's Degree required; some retail, category management or consumer packaged goods experience preferred.

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