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Senior Category Manager

Staples Canada Inc.

This is a Contract position in Richmond Hill, ON posted August 30, 2020.

Who we are

Staples Canada is on journey to become the Working and Learning Company. We are dynamic, inspiring partners to our customers and the communities in which we live. At Staples, we inspire people to work smarter, learn more and grow every day. We look for people who are curious, approachable and passionate, and who enjoy finding solutions.
If that’s you, let’s work, learn and grow together.
Some of what you will do
As the Category Manager, you will be responsible for managing the products, sales, inventory, margin and turnover of specific categories. You will collaborate with other departments to effectively implement strategies required for sales growth. You will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the department and overall company vision and brand identity is supported through a differentiated product assortment supporting our customers to Work, Learn and Grow. Managing a team and being involved in multiple projects to ensure that new services/products/technology are implemented effectively, on time and within budget, each day will be fast-paced, challenging, rewarding and meaningful and you will be inspired to bring your best, every day.

Specifically, you will:

• Negotiate all vendor buying agreements between the company and respective suppliers.
• Responsible for maximizing the sales and profit of the categories and achieving planned sales and gross margin dollars.
• Work with inventory analysis reports in order to determine which products are slow movers, which are rapid moving, which are generating more ROI, etc. Maximize the inventory turnover in the categories to meet budget.
• Develop sales strategies for the product assortments in your department and to ensure geographic/ demographic trends are reflective in the process.
• Proactively seek out insights from vendors and external trends to drive overall sales, margin, and differentiate our assortment and presence in the market.
• Manage market development funds, (e.g. co-op, V.R.), product returns and inventory mix.
• Work with vendors on promotional planning and funding.
• Partner closely with Marketing, plan and execute aggressive advertising programs.
• Work with vendors and internal teams to develop effective displays and planograms, and support strong consideration to customer shopping experience.
• Plan omni-channel promotional vehicles including digital, media campaigns, and promotional pages as examples.
• Manage multiple projects on an on-going basis. Take the lead in representing merchandising on any cross functional committees.
• Work cross functionally with multiple departments (i.e. Finance, IS, Ops, Construction, etc) to achieve stated department and project goals

Some of what you need

• Minimum of 5-7 years of category management experience preferably with a national retail chain.
• Post secondary degree/diploma with a focus on retail management, merchandising and purchasing or equivalent experience
• Ability to foresee market trends and changes in order to make effective buying decisions.
• In depth understanding of financial forms, budgets, and plans.
• Comprehensive knowledge of category related product currently available coupled with a high awareness of industry trends and new product directions.
• Ability to negotiate, influence and work collaboratively with internal and external partners
• Ability to inspire and motivate teams and drive accountability
• Curious
• Approachable
• Passionate
• Solutions finder

Some of what you will get

• Associate discount
• Health and Dental benefits
• Performance bonuses
• Learning & Development programs
• And more…
Additional Information
• Flexibility to work at office and remotely.
• Periodic travel required.

Employment Statement

Staples is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and we encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including those with disabilities. We will accommodate applicants’ needs, upon request, throughout all stages of the recruitment process. Please inform us of the accommodation(s) that you may require. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.