Category Specialist Lead, Outdoor Furniture, Home

  • Location SAN BRUNO, CA
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  • Requisition GH1621183

What you'll do at

The Lead Category Specialist is responsible for ensuring the Functional category has a market-leading assortment, excellent financial performance and a great shopper experience across all of Walmart’s Ecommerce brands –, and Hayneedle. Your goal is to create the ultimate online destination for customers who turn to,, and Hayneedle first when they are shopping for their office space at home or work.

Challenges you’ll be tackling:

Own your portion of the Outdoor Furniture category – end to end – across all our ecommerce brands: You will have total P&L responsibility for the performance of your category across all of Walmart’s Ecommerce brands –, and Hayneedle, and be responsible for assortment, financial performance, merchandising, pricing, and profit.

Work with product and marketing to build your brands and enhance the customer experience: You will be working alongside embedded marketing and product resources to determine what your category looks like, how products are sourced, found, displayed, and finally, marketed to our millions of customers around the USA!

Inspire entry level category specialists: You will begin to be a part of inspiring and training our category experts.


  • Be an expert in all systems and processes required to manage your category, including functionality related to bundles which are a key component of this category
  • Own category financial targets (e.g. GMV and Profit Margin), and identify (and execute upon) levers to achieve those targets
  • Continually evolve the category’s assortment strategy through in-market expertise (which may need to be self-taught), and manage any assortment gaps
  • Own and optimize the product sourcing mix across manufacturers, distributors and third-party retailers
  • Begin to own vendor relationships autonomously
  • Ensure holistic price competitiveness/adherence
  • Manage on-site product presentation and catalog data, and drive requirements into the search and browse experience – Taxonomy, Navigation, Tagging, Attributes
  • Identify shopper experience and product work-flow enhancement opportunities and collaborate with product teams to execute
  • Collaborate with marketing teams around category promotions
  • Depending on the category and your readiness, you may begin to manage a smaller team of category specialists and experts


 How you’ll know it’s right:

  • If you love helping people create inspiring spaces in their home.
  • If you like owning something and being accountable for its outcomes.
  • If you want to do things in our industry that have not been done.
  • If you understand that without risk there is no reward.
  • If you want to run your own company one day.
  • If you’re a self-starter and live for the win.


  • BA/BS degree, with 2-5 years of relevant professional experience within, but not limited to, an e-commerce or retail merchandising, category management, business development and/or strategy capacity at a top tier consulting or investment banking firm




The Walmart US eCommerce team is rapidly innovating to evolve and define the future state of shopping. As the world’s largest retailer, we are on a mission to help people save money and live better. With the help of some of the brightest minds in merchandising, marketing, supply chain, talent and more, we are reimaging the intersection of digital and physical shopping to help achieve that mission.

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