This is an entry level position. Responsibilities will be under the guidance and direction of the Merchant. The Assistant Merchant position is a support role to the Merchant and will assist in the implementation of Brands Category growth. This position is designed to develop the skills necessary to reach the next level in the Merchandising pipeline, Associate Merchant.
MAJOR TASKS, RESPONSIBILITES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
50%- Execute Special Projects as assigned by Merchant or Merchandising Manager
25%- Maintain information within all systems
25%- Responsible for discontinuing products within the system and the disposition of existing inventories.
NATURE AND SCOPE
Reports to Director of Janitorial. No direct reports.
ENVIRONMENTAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
Located in a comfortable indoor area. Any unpleasant conditions would be infrequent and not objectionable.
Typically requires overnight travel less than 10% of the time.
Additional Environmental Job Requirements: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Must be eighteen years of age or older.
Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.
Additional Minimum Qualifications:
The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree program or equivalent degree in a field of study related to the job.
Years of Relevant Work Experience: 1 years
Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about. On rare occasions there may be a need to move or lift light articles.
Qualifications include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
Category Maintenance and Support
Ensure all product data is comprehensive and accurate and relevant to growing the Brands category.
Provide sales support for all product inquiries, including cross referencing, quotation assistance and SPAs, technical support, product recommendations, etc.
Communicate product changes to marketing, sales, inventory management, and operations as necessary
Determine market needs and trends
Assist Merchant with new product launches
Identify new and/or replacement product opportunities
Obtain required information to complete new item set up process
Obtain samples as required
Request competitive pricing from internal and external sources as required by Merchant to recommend initial pricing
Assist Product Information Management Team on product placement and merchandising in catalogs and websites
Assist in goal development for sales volume, gross profit, forecasts, and vendor service levels
Work with Quality Assurance to establish and maintain standards for products and packaging
Maintain strong vendor relationships with Brands Category suppliers with primary focus on all Brands.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies:1. Execute Special Projects as assigned by Merchant or Merchandising Manager
2. Maintain information within all systems (RS6000, Bridge and CMS)
3. Review and recommend product line revisions including deletions. Responsible for discontinuing products within the system and the disposition of existing inventories.
4. Ensure vendors comply with Vendor Shipping Guide.
5. Assist in any marketing activities such as promotions, flyers, product guides, training, etc.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor s degree in Marketing or Business. One to three years of experience in marketing, merchandising, sales, product or brand management, preferably in a distribution environment.
Collaboration abilities, teamwork and inter-departmental communication skills are critical to the success of this position
Nearly all of the tasks required in this position require highly competent computer skills.
Data collection and analytical skills are paramount to analyze product performance, including cost estimating, turns, service levels and GM-ROI.
Sound business reasoning and the ability to use facts to make profitable decisions is required.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
This is an office-based position. Proper ergonomic furniture and equipment is supplied. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
An office environment with partitions, providing individual workspace. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
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