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Category manager

Staples Canada

This is a Full-time position in Richmond Hill, ON posted June 20, 2019.

PURPOSE OF JOBResponsible for managing the products, sales, inventory, margin and turnover of specific categories.

Provides leadership and inspiration to various projects and initiatives in the Merchandising department.

Ensures department and overall company vision and brand identity is supported through a differentiated product assortment supporting our customers to Work, Learn and Grow.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESPricing: Negotiate all vendor buying agreements between the company and respective suppliers.

Responsible for maximizing the sales and profit of the categories while remaining competitive with pricing.

Inventory Management: Work with inventory analysis reports in order to determine which products are slow movers, which are rapid moving, which are generating more ROI, etc.

Develop sales strategies for the product assortments in your department and to ensure geographic/ demographic trends are reflective in the process.

Ensure merchandise is ordered to meet/increase in demand for sale events.

Drive successful assortment development through fine tuning product assortments and product packaging Maximizing the inventory turnover in the categories to meet budget Proactively seek out insights from vendors and external trends to drive overall sales, margin, and differentiate our assortment and presence in the market.

Vendor Relations: Management of market development funds, (e.g.

co-op, V.R.), product returns and inventory mix.

Purchasing of product for a category through the negotiation process.

Work with vendors on promotional planning and funding.

Participate in special events such as Conferences and trade shows, which may include gaining vendor participation in such events.

Advertising and Visual Merchandising and WebsiteWork collectively with members of the advertising, marketing and web operations department on merchandising/advertising issues.Partner closely with Marketing, plan aggressive advertising programs for executive review.Work with vendors and internal teams to develop effective displays and planograms, and support strong consideration to customer shopping experience.Plan out the advertising for your product categories, both in print and digital, proof the ads, make corrections where necessary and ensure pricing accuracy in all advertising vehicles.Plan out endcaps/pallets/floor displayers for the promo planner utilized in stores in close partnership with the Category Manager, Off Shelf.Plan omni-channel promotional vehicles including digital, media campaigns, and promotional pages as examples.Plan website layout and taxonomy to improve customer shopping experience.People Management:Oversee, provide guidance and motivate all subordinates through effective orientation, training, and evaluation.Provide input into hiring and coach associates through disciplinary actions up to and including termination of employment.Hold teams accountable to ensuring they are proactively seeking trends and insights about their categories and assortments, driving a differentiated presence for StaplesCommunication: Ensure that stores or FCs and other departments receive the information they need with respect to new, changed, or discontinued product.

Establish regular and effective communication with stores, FC and home office departments.

Establish relationships various internal stakeholders (for example Digital, Operations, Staples Business Advantage, PCAM, and Staples U.S.) to ensure best practices are being executed and shared.

Other:Participate in special projects.PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORKING CONDITIONS Office Environment Periodic travel required.

RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONSKnowledge/Skill Requirements: Ability to foresee market trends and changes in order to make effective buying decisions Proven track record of analysis, interpretation and action aligned with business priorities and vision.

Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years of category management experience preferably with a national retail chain or five years in the Staples Buyer Development Program Education: Post secondary degree/diploma with a focus on retail management, merchandising and purchasing or equivalent experience.

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY Number of Direct reports with team of less than 3 associates: 3-5 Number of Direct reports with team of 3 or more associates: 0 Total reports (direct or indirect): 3-5 !*!Staples is committed to providing accommodation to people with disabilities throughout the job application and interview process to the point of undue hardship.

If you require an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact a Customer Care Representative at 1-866-782-7537.

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