Category Specialist Lead, Children's Apparel

Category Specialist Lead, Children's Apparel

  • Location SAN BRUNO, CA
  • Department Retail
  • Team Fashion
  • Employment Type -
  • Position -
  • Requisition GH1863458

What you'll do at

The Category Specialist Lead, Children’s Apparel, is responsible for ensuring a portion of the Children’s Apparel category has a market-leading assortment, excellent financial performance and a great shopper experience across all of Walmart’s Ecommerce brands – and (and whatever other brands join our family). Your goal is to create the ultimate online destination for customers who turn to and first when they are shopping for Kids Apparel.

Challenges you’ll be tackling

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


  • Own your portion of the Children’s Apparel category – end to end – You will be responsible for assortment, financial performance, merchandising, and pricing.
  • Be an expert in all systems and processes required to manage your category.
  • Own category financial targets (e.g. GMV, margin, and AUR), and identify levers to achieve those targets.
  • Continually evolve the category’s assortment strategy through in-market expertise 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.
  • Collaborate with marketing teams around editorial, affiliates, emails and on-site category promotions.
  • Depending on the category and your readiness, you may begin to manage a smaller team of category specialists and experts.

 Merchandising Team Department Summary

No two days are the same for the Merchandising team. It’s exciting and things change rapidly, except one component: we’re always 100% customer-centric! With instant access to products, services and information online, customers expect choice, ease, and personalization. Innovation and leading edge technology enables our team to analyze deep customer insights and market data at scale. Our team of strategists, site merchants, buyers, creative types, UI designers (and more) collaborate together, utilizing big data innovations and analytics to enhance Omni channel experiences for our customers.

How you’ll know it’s right

  • If you have a passion for retail fashion…
  • 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…

Minimum Qualifications

• BA/BS degree, with 3-5 years of relevant professional experience within, but not limited to, an e-commerce or retail merchandising, category management, and/or business development

Manager's Preferred Qualifications ("nice to haves")

  • Ecommerce experience
  • Previous experience owing a product category
  • Relevant site merchandising experience
  • Strong business acumen
  • Ability to form effective supplier relationships
  • Demonstrates leadership and collaboration across cross-functional teams
  • Exhibits flexibility during ambiguity


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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