1+ months

Project Specialist - Buy Side

Framingham, MA 01701

**Position Summary:**

This position is an integral component of the Buy-Side Merchandising department supporting the Category Merchant. Responsible for delivering budgeted metrics to drive profitability for the company, while offering a unique and optimal product assortment to service all Business Units and customer. This role is an Associate Category Merchant in training for future Buying roles and will own all buy-side responsibilities for a department, including working cross-functionally and held to specific performance metrics. Also responsible for additional ad hoc projects supporting the Business Essentials team.

**Primary Responsibilities:**

+ Support Category Merchant in all aspects of the Buy Side role: responsible for acting as Merchant when needed

+ Managing deviations: negotiating with vendors, tracking deviation spends, performing profitability analysis (customer and vendor level)

+ Ownership of (at minimum) one dept with little oversight from Merchant: working closely with Sell-Side team to delivery budgeted sales and profit metrics (P&L), assortment decisions, held accountable to achieving CPI targets, and all aspects of the Vendor program and relationship. Includes:

+ Managing a Master Assortment: aligning with company strategy to provide the right assortment for our customers at the best costs, providing direction on alts, partnering with SBG on developing new and innovative products, negotiating exclusive products from our vendors

+ Lead person for vendor program negotiations and relationships: identifying savings opportunity for Staples through vendor negotiations, managing needs of all BUs

+ Point person for cross-functional relationships: Sell-Side, all BU Counterparts (.com, SBA, Quill, Essendant, HiTouch, and other acquisitions), Inventory + Planning, SBG, Vendor Management, etc.

+ In depth and proactive financial analysis for buyer and total BE portfolio: vendor profitability analysis, identifying lower cost product alternatives, partnering with SBG on assortment bids

+ Lead ad hoc projects depending on BE portfolio need

+ Go to and trainer for product specialists in all systems


**Basic Skills:**

+ Bachelor's preferred with 1-2 years of relevant work experience

+ Skilled in Microsoft Suite

**Preferred Skills:**

+ Ability to work independently and execute across multiple groups

+ Good verbal and written communication skills necessary

+ Leadership mentality

+ Strong financial acumen

+ Organized, proactive personality, ability to multi-task

+ Negotiation experience

_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._


Posted: 2020-12-11 Expires: 2021-02-11

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