Job Order Number: 7996
Job Title: Category Manager/Buyer
Industry: Convenience/Retail
Position Reports To: Procurement Strategic Planning and Analytics
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Business
Experience: 5+ years of Category Management Experience
Location: Texas
Recruiter: Rick Cosmer
Recruiter Direct Line: 239-302-3588

Scope:
The Category Manager is an in-store expert in the planning, development, merchandising, pricing, analytics, and sales execution of a certain group or type of products. The Category Manager’s in-depth knowledge of the assigned category will drive the pricing, shelving, marketing, and promotions of the category’s products in order to make them as visible, accessible, and appealing to customers as possible.

Category Manager/Buyer Responsibilities:
• Responsible for the ongoing strategy and development of the product category
• Responsible for negotiating our costs with the vendors
• Creating and developing a long term plan and strategy for development of the category
• Manage, analyze, and monitor market changes in product mix and retail prices to remain competitive
• Determine market needs, gaps, and create a strategy to capture new growth
• Work effectively with stores, vendors and internal departments, such as pricing for product authorization, cost and retail maintenance
• Work with Space Planning on all Plan-o-Grams and changes to stores, vendors, by updating the effective dates of changes, additions and deletions
• Develop key supplier relationships for category management initiatives
• Become a leader in category management, pricing and promotions across customer channels
• Recommend market relevant pricing in order to drive category sales and profits
• Contribute to the category’s profitability by increasing the volume of products that are sold within the category, and improving the speed of inventory turnover within the category
• Working knowledge of the products, consumer needs, buying practices, and retail environment related to your merchandise category
• Responsible for the ongoing strategy and development of the product category
• Responsible for negotiating our costs with the vendors
• Creating and developing a long term plan and strategy for development of the category
• Manage, analyze, and monitor market changes in product mix and retail prices to remain competitive
• Determine market needs, gaps, and create a strategy to capture new growth
• Work effectively with stores, vendors and internal departments, such as pricing for product authorization, cost and retail maintenance
• Work with Space Planning on all Plan-o-Grams and changes to stores, vendors, by updating the effective dates of changes, additions and deletions
• Develop key supplier relationships for category management initiatives
• Become a leader in category management, pricing and promotions across customer channels
• Recommend market relevant pricing in order to drive category sales and profits
• Contribute to the category’s profitability by increasing the volume of products that are sold within the category, and improving the speed of inventory turnover within the category
• Working knowledge of the products, consumer needs, buying practices, and retail environment related to your merchandise category
• Strong judgment skills in analyzing and responding to challenging issues raised by customers, co-workers, and employees
• Perform other duties as required and/or assigned
• Employee must be able to perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combinations of experience and education in lieu of degree
• 5+ years of experience
• Expert skill level within MS office and Excel
• Experience with Data Visualization products such as Tableau, MicroStrategy, or Spotfire a plus
• Experience in interpreting significant amounts of data, reports and analysis in order to turn it into action steps to achieve goals
• Demonstrate excellent judgment and able to maintain confidentiality
• Must possess excellent interpersonal skills to apply in communications with business partners, the stores and internal departments
• Plan and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
• Must have attention to detail and proven follow up skills

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