16 days old

Associate Category Merchant

Framingham, MA 01701
**Description**



**Job Description:**







The Associate Category Merchant Buy
Side is responsible for managing select categories in our Pack & Ship
business for contract business to business & staples.com channels. This
includes assortment planning, merchandise and vendor selection, negotiation,
financial planning, inventory impact implications, distribution and vendor
relations. With leadership guidance this individual will develop and
execute on strategies for negotiating best costs while having a best in class
assortment.













**Responsibilities:**



+ Develop deep understanding of customer needs and shoppingbehavior as well as upcoming trends and brands in the marketplace.

+ Cross functionally collaborate with all Business Units tounderstand their unique customer needs and deliver an assortment and coststructure that meets those needs.

+ Responsible for managing cost and hitting targets. Includesnegotiating programs, adjusting assortment, and strategies to driveprofitability while finding alternatives to cost and tariff inflation items.

+ Manages category programs with all vendors. Responsible fordelivering and tracking all vendor revenue and working with all business units andcross- functional partners to ensure program elements are executed upon.

+ Responsible for selecting items and vendors. With leadershipsupport negotiate with vendors for lower total delivered cost, volumeincentives, rebates, advertising and other applicable allowances. Showcaseassortment through annual Line Reviews on each category.

+ Drive joint business planning meetings with top vendors incategories to drive strong partnerships and growth.

+ Gather and analyze data to showcase trends in the market todetermine customer buying patterns.

+ Interpret financial statements, total costs to NPD data,financials levers and metrics used in Merchandising to understand current andfuture trends. Identify exceptions andseek additional information when data discrepancies are found.









**Qualifications**



+ BachelorsDegree


+ Minimum of 3years total experience in buying related functions.


+ Generalknowledge of industry trends, assortment planning, customer buyingpatterns, inventory management, logistics and marketing techniques.


+ Knowledge andunderstanding of financial analysis and forecasting.


+ Negotiationskills.


+ Influencingskills, verbal and written communication skills.


+ Intermediate toadvance Microsoft and Excel skills a must.


+ Ability to drivesales and margin results.


+ Ability to buildpartnerships.




_Staples is The Worklife Fulfillment Company, helping businesses of all sizes be more productive, connected and inspired. With dedicated account teams, category professionals, innovative brands and a curated product assortment for business, Staples provides customized solutions to help organizations achieve their goals. Interested in joining the team? Check out our_ _perks and benefits_ _!_



_Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law._

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Posted: 2020-07-24 Expires: 2020-08-23

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