Senior Category Manager - Music, Arts & Crafts

Senior Category Manager - Music, Arts & Crafts

  • Location HOBOKEN, NJ
  • Department Retail
  • Team Entertainment
  • Employment Type -
  • Position -
  • Requisition GH1627801

What you'll do at

As the most-senior Category Manager in Musical Instruments, Arts & Crafts, you are responsible for building & implementing the strategy for a high-growth department, leading & developing a team of category managers & category specialists through execution of that strategy and establishing efficient processes, milestones & tools for the total department. It's your job to ensure your team is efficient & effective as they develop a best-in-class assortment, deliver competitive pricing that lives up to our brand promise, create a high-converting customer experience and analyze marketplace trends to identify new opportunities for the future. Creativity and agility will be paramount as you identify retail trends and synthesize information and partnerships across multiple cross-functional touch points, providing goals, communicating business needs & driving solutions in a fast-paced, multi-dimensional environment.

You won't do this alone. You’ll work within a world-class team of collaborative colleagues and have access to industry-leading merchandising tools and technology to help you analyze and interpret customer, partner, market, business and financial insights at scale. Your job is to 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.

Position Description

Develops and implements strategic direction for highly-complex hobbying departments, including assortment, pricing, merchandising, marketing & product strategies to deliver sales & profit goals & grow market share across multiple platforms.

-Drives sales and gross profit through the optimization of product assortment, pricing, inventory channels & customer experience.
-Identifies & remove roadblocks for the broader team
-Resident Subject Matter Expert, cultivating cross-functional relationships that allow you to help the broader team move fast.
-Partners with Curation & Site Ops teams to build aspirational product stories & increase Instruments/Arts & Crafts exposure both internally & externally
-Collaborates with Marketing across all platforms to build high-converting traffic drivers for distinct customer profiles & deliver to exposure plans
-Drives the execution of multiple business plans and projects to ensure business needs are being met
-Maximizes the return on inventory investment in partnership with the Merchandise Planning team, cross-functional partners, and suppliers
-Models compliance with company policies, procedures, mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity & ensures team is in compliance
-Provides development & supervision to Instruments/Arts & Crafts team, ensuring team priorities are aligned with business priorities & skillsets are continuously upleveled
-Supports cross-channel and company initiatives to achieve global strategic multi-channel plans

Minimum Qualifications

6+ years of proven experience in buying and site merchandising
4+ years of Managerial experience developing Assoc. Buyers, Buyers or Category Managers
Industry background required
Must have experience developing strong business relationships with vendors, industry leaders & cross-functional partners
Have managed and maintained open-to-buy
Must have experience managing and creating new categories of business in extremely competitive environment
Must have experience with high risk, high volume, complex categories of goods
Must have experience managing margin to meet category objectives
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA preferred
    Strong e-commerce experience
    Proactive individual that is a self-starter and takes initiative
    Experience managing teams across disparate locations
    A dynamic leader & thinker
    A bias towards action



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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