Category Specialist Lead, Home - Appliances

Category Specialist Lead, Home - Appliances

  • Location HOBOKEN, NJ
  • Department Retail
  • Team Home
  • Employment Type -
  • Position -
  • Requisition GH1908567

What you'll do at


This Is That Place where opportunity knocks. Our Walmart eCommerce team is obsessed with finding ways to help our customers live better, raising the bar for an entire industry along the way. You’ll play a crucial role in shaping the future of shopping, working with crazy talented people in an environment that values kindness and transparency. With the energy of a startup and the scale of the Fortune One, it’s the ultimate innovator’s playground. Are you hungry to own your career and catapult ideas into action? Read on.

About the Role

Business Relationships:

  • Manages purchase orders with suppliers, buyers and other vendors for category
  • Pursues strategic partnerships with other brands and retailers for the category
  • Develops best practices for merchandising processes and vendor management.

Category Financials:

  • Creates regular sales reports that analyze category performance relative to overall business results
  • Reviews financial performance to determine item and category pricing
  • Tracks category performance against organizational financial targets (e.g., GMV and margin)

Category Tracking/Monitoring:

  • Enters and maintains SKUs for multiple products within category
  • Begins to understand category complexity and its impact on the level of oversight and management required
  • Manages and monitors onboarding and item set-up for a category, including setting up vendors, processing purchase orders and scheduling appointments with brands
  • Maintains product category data to determine conversion rates for category
  • Keeps up to date with product trends within category
  • Identifies opportunities to improve category performance
  • Masters multiple systems and sites required to maintain and enter SKUs


  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams across the organization (e.g., Inventory Management, Planning, Site Merchandising) to optimize product performance and develop new ideas
  • Maintains full knowledge of SKU overlap and impact on other areas of the business
  • Works with Site Merchandising to understand recommendations and analytics for the category
  • Demonstrates up-to-date expertise and applies this to the development, execution, and improvement of action plans

Empowering Others:

  • Empowers less experienced Category Specialists to execute their tasks and make decisions

Market Positioning and Analytics:

  • Manages analytics and reporting tools to evaluate product performance and make decisions about the category
  • Analyzes product margins and benchmarks for all category products to assess performance against competitors
  • Conducts recurring analysis to inform the category's strategic direction, including assortment, product sourcing and pricing
  • Models compliance with company policies and procedures and supports company mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity

People Development:

  • Coaches less experienced team members and provides feedback to enhance skills, knowledge and work performance
  • Mentors less experienced Category Specialists
  • Supports training and college recruiting for Category Specialists
  • Provides and supports the implementation of business solutions

Shopper/Customer Experience:

  • Monitors online presence for products in a category across multiple websites, including product presentation and content
  • Evaluates customer reviews, recognizes trends, considers recommendations from site merchandising and develops observations for assigned category
  • Identifies opportunities and implements tactics to optimize online customer experience and website usability for the category

Strategic Visioning:

  • Understands the vision of the category and how it connects to the organization's vision

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in business or related field
  • Two years experience as a category specialist or in related area such as pricing, site merchandising, planning or inventory



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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