Category Manager, Industrial & Scientific

Category Manager, Industrial & Scientific

  • Location HOBOKEN, NJ
  • Department Retail
  • Team Enthusiast and Professional
  • Employment Type -
  • Position -
  • Requisition GH1197587

What you'll do at

The Category Manager, Industrial & Scientific is responsible for managing the success of a team that spans the commercial, industrial, scientific, and medical retail sectors.

We are looking for an exceptional Category Manager to grow a business by balancing levers across people management, merchandising, marketing, inventory management, and product technology to drive sales and profit results. Your ultimate goals are to:

  1. Build a strategy that will win market share
  2. Identify and develop talent within your direct reports
  3. Improve the overall customer experience within your department

In this position, you’ll get to…

  • Manage a business and bring the “art” to the “science” – using your intuition and expertise fueled by data, analytics and, above all, a passion for helping our customers save money and live better
  • Develop our people and lead a team of category specialists, driving skill development growth & continuous learning across an entire direct report team
  • Give customers what they want and deliver best-in-class assortment & end-to-end customer experience in the market; you will partner with internal teams across Product, Engineering, Marketing, Operations, and Customer Care to deliver a world-class customer-centric shopping experience
  • Drive operating efficiencies to continuously improve processes, data integrity, and systems to deliver operating leverage

Additional Responsibilities

  • Develop assortment, pricing, merchandising, marketing & product strategies to deliver sales and profit goals while growing category market share
  • Drive a team of category specialists to execute your strategies & iterate as needed using effective communication & clear strategies
  • Own vendor relationships & strategically drive vendors to create unique assortments, deliver best-in-market pricing & ensure fast delivery
  • Build aspirational product stories & marketing assets, working with marketing partners to build traffic drivers for distinct customer profiles

About You

You’re a risk taker—a dreamer that delivers. You have big ideas and can implement them with a positive attitude. You pride yourself on being the first of your friends to know what’s happening in the world. You have a passion for innovation in eCommerce. You want to be a part of one of the fastest growing eCommerce companies in the world, where the only constant is change.

Functional Competencies:

  • Intellectually curious, energetic self-starter with a can-do attitude and high EQ
  • Strong business acumen and demonstrated proficiency in general business disciplines
  • Comfort with ambiguity, ability to chase down information and bring structure to chaos
  • Confidence to manage up, secure buy-in from senior leadership, and navigate uncomfortable situations
  • Ability to grasp the big picture but also get into the weeds
  • Team player who can operate independently with minimal guidance and limited resources
  • Analytical and deductive reasoning skills
  • Stickler for process and organized project management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Power Point
  • Entrepreneurial mindset – belief in bold ideas and the power of creative thinking to get to “yes”
  • Deep passion for retail, eCommerce, and/or consumer technology
  • Great team player and collaborator

Interpersonal Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to effectively build and manage relationships
  • Proven strength in both oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and deliver presentations to senior management and large groups in a professional, concise and direct manner
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects with competing demands for resources
  • Creative problem solver that can identify sources of information from disparate sources and deliver comprehensive, balanced & actionable analysis
  • Fundamentally kind to others

Leadership Competencies:

  • Ability to model Wal-Mart's three core values: respect for the individual, service to our customers, strive for excellence
  • The ability to anticipate business issues & influence managerial attention
  • Ability to clearly state the vision and then successfully translate that vision into executable steps

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, retail or related field and 4 years’ experience in business, retail or related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 years supervisory experience
  • 6+ years of proven experience in merchandise, forecasting and/or product selection
  • 4-5 years managing an ecommerce business, with specific experience related to marketing and site optimization
  • 2-3 years developing strong business relationships with vendors and industry leaders 

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