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Category Manager - Drug Store in Hoffman Estates, IL at Sears Holdings Corporation

Date Posted: 3/21/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Req/Job ID: 969909BR
Employing Entity: Sears Holdings Management Corporation
Employment Category: Regular, Full-time
Job Function: Buying/Merchandising
Store ID: 58491: Sears Holdings Management Corp

Manages the business processes and product selection for assigned categories in order to meet corporate goals. Develops and implements goals and objectives, category strategies and strategic business plans for product categories in order to maximize sales and profit.
Works in conjunction with Merchandise Planner to develop and maintain vendor relationships; negotiates commitments and agreements with vendors to obtain products; negotiates prices, terms, transportation and methods of distribution to ensure company obtains appropriate price.

Works in conjunction with Merchandise Planner in ensuring procurement of merchandise meets company cost goals.
Ensures merchandise flow is coordinated with the Merchandise Planner in order to manage inventory turns and to ensure service levels meet company objectives.
Analyzes category and vendor performance in order to identify issues and opportunities which assist in managing category profits and losses.
Works in conjunction with various department personnel to attain corporate and strategic business unit and category objectives; ensures implementation of category business plans in order to maximize sales and profits.
Manages the development, implementation and administration of operational policies, programs and systems within functional area. Establishes methods and procedures for departmental work activities; identifies and resolves operational problems; and communicates expertise and approvals concerning departmental activities.
Works in conjunction with Merchandise Planner in developing distribution and display and promotional plans that meet corporate objectives and consumer needs. Ensures plans are consistent with strategic business plans and meet the monthly and annual category plans.
Monitors and maintains strategic direction for corporate brand products to promote company position in the market while adhering to category management process and strategic business plans.
Hires, orients, trains, evaluates, recommends pay increases and develops associates whose work is considered professional, administrative or clerical. When necessary, carries out disciplinary actions or recommends termination of employment.
Ensures unit and pricing integrity errors at store level are reduced through review of appropriate reports and information
Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Job Skill Requirements:
  • Minimum of two years support experience in merchandising or merchandise planning or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the total buying process including analysis, buying, trends, taste levels, and response to the business
  • Strong merchandising, product and analytical skills
  • Strong negotiation skills to aggressively close deals that positively affect bottom-line results
  • Strong leadership, management, and administrative skills to generate improved bottom-line results through others
  • Strong listening, interpersonal and communication skills for sending and receiving clear upward, downward, and horizontal messages
  • Ability to conceptualize the direction of assigned categories and develop plans of action to achieve that direction
  • Ability to develop and implement fresh ideas to improve business results

Preferred Skills:
  • Relevant product knowledge & industry experience


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